A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, involves tightening the underlying tissues of the face and removing excess skin in order to create a more youthful appearance. Many patients have chosen to get a facelift from Richmond plastic surgeon Dr. Darrin Hubert, and their high-quality results speak for themselves. Dr. Hubert strives for natural-looking results in his Richmond facelift patients while placing patient safety and comfort as top priorities.
As we age, the soft tissues of the face and neck begin to sag, the skin loses its elasticity, and areas normally plump with the right amount of fat become hollow. Dr. Hubert addresses all of these factors with his facelift procedure.
Facial sagging is due to the structural soft tissues beneath the skin, called the SMAS (or superficial musculoaponeurotic system), which are in turn connected to the bony skeleton of the face. Not every surgeon addresses the SMAS during a facelift, but doing so is vital for achieving excellent results.
Every Facelift Starts with a Consultation
Before a date can be set for your rhytidectomy surgery, you will need to visit with Dr. Hubert for an expert consultation. During this, you will talk to the doctor about your plastic-surgery needs and goals. The two of you will discuss your medical history, including your allergies, past procedures, and any medications you are currently taking.
Dr. Hubert will also perform an examination to better understand your facial structure and tissue composition. This will help him create a surgical plan for your facelift.
The Steps of a Facelift
First, extra skin is removed from around the cheek and upper neck area. Dr. Hubert takes great care to avoid the “over-pulled” look that you sometimes see in the tabloid photos.
Second, the SMAS is resuspended and attached to immovable deeper structures to help prevent sagging in the future.
Third, Dr. Hubert will often utilize fat transfer, taking small amounts of your own fat from another part of your body (usually around your hip) and injecting living fat cells into deeper wrinkles and along your cheekbones, wherever it is needed to restore a more youthful appearance.
The Rhytidectomy Recovery Process
After a facelift, patients must follow Dr. Hubert’s post-surgical care instructions very closely. This will ensure that the recovery process is as short and comfortable as possible and involves no unexpected complications.
It will be necessary to take some time off from work following a facelift. Patients typically return to their job after one to two weeks. However, if the job requires heavy lifting or other strenuous physical activities, more time off will likely be required.
Pain-control medication may be prescribed to help with any pain or discomfort during the healing process, and cold compresses can be used to lessen bruising and swelling. As these issues fade, the patient’s full facelift results will be evident.
How Much Does a Facelift Cost?
Because every facelift procedure is different, facelift cost varies. The specific details of the surgery affect its cost – anesthesia type, procedure length, and techniques involved all play a part. As an experienced Richmond facelift surgeon, Dr. Hubert will meet with you in his office to discuss all options and pricing.
Contact Our Office to Find Out More
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Darrin Hubert is known by his patients to perform the best facelift surgery in Richmond. To learn more about rhytidectomy surgery, contact us, and set up your consultation.