At FacesFirst in Denver and Lone Tree, we know how delicate the face is, and how important its appearance is to our patients. Your face is the first thing people see. It’s the first impression you make. And it’s what people remember.
And it goes beyond appearances. Your face represents you and your personality, and it should exude the same level of self-confidence on the outside that you feel on the inside.
We are experts in creating natural-looking facial beauty and a youthful appearance that allows patients to trust in their treatment and, more importantly, their results. Our experienced board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Nicolette Picerno and Dr. Christopher Cote, practice precision care that creates a more radiant version of you.
There are facelift techniques available to our facial plastic surgeons and each patient will be suited to a different type depending on the specific issues they wish to address. After a consultation, we will recommend the type of plastic surgery that will best meet your needs. Some options include a mini facelift, lower facelift, neck lift, or mid-face cheek lift. Some Denver facelift patients may also benefit from a combination of these.
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What Does a Lower Facelift in Denver, CO Do?
A Denver facelift procedure, or rhytidectomy as it is medically called, treats the neck, cheek, jowl, lateral temporal and/or eyebrow area. It gives the ultimate improvement in facial plastic surgery because it addresses all the areas of concern and will reposition tissues into a more normal, natural position. It helps to turn back the clock against the aging process by approximately 10 years for most people.
As we age, a youthful almond-shaped face sags into more of an oval configuration. As the aging process continues, an oval face becomes more rounded, eventually leading to a square shape. The square-shaped face ages the least gracefully because even minimal excess skin is noticed immediately. This is why women appear to age more rapidly than men, who have more square-shaped faces to begin with, and why they seek facelift procedures to get a more youthful appearance.
The Facelift Surgical Procedure
A facelift is primarily focused on correcting the signs of aging in the lower face, including the cheeks and jowls, but it can be customized to also tighten muscles and loose skin around the eyes and forehead for an overall more youthful appearance.
Facelift incisions are hidden within the skin creases around the ear, going behind the tragus (the small flap of skin immediately in front of the opening to the ear canal). This means there is no incision in front of the ear, which is an unsightly and telltale sign of facelift surgery. The incision goes behind the ear and up into the hairline, without hair needing to be shaved. Incisions are closed with dissolvable sutures in multiple layers. Small clips are used to allow facelift patients to shower following surgery.
This facial plastic surgery can take between three and six hours and requires patients to take 10-14 days off work. Any major family event or reunion should be scheduled at least one month after this procedure. Dr. Picerno and Dr. Cote may also recommend laser resurfacing, facial fat transfer, or dermal fillers to further improve your results.
Mid-Face (Cheek) Lift
As we age, a pad of fibrous and adipose tissue over the cheekbone, called the malar fat pad, can drop to a lower position in the cheek. This results in several side effects, such as a flattened cheek area, excess skin along the jawline, and a deepening of the nasolabial fold (the fold that runs from the corner of the nose to the corner of the mouth).
Known as a mid-face lift or cheek lift, this limited-incision facial rejuvenation surgery can be highly effective in restoring the natural curves and fullness to the lower eyelid and cheeks by moving the soft tissues and underlying muscle to a more youthful position. Endoscopes are used to enable smaller incisions to be used for this facelift technique making this a minimally invasive option for facial rejuvenation.
Advantages of a mid-face cheek lift include:
- Minimal swelling and bruising
- No need for general anesthesia
- Surgical time is less than an hour
- Most patients are able to resume their normal activity within three to seven days
This procedure works best for a patient who has good skin elasticity but is displaying early signs of aging and needs to have tissues repositioned. A patient who has excess skin, as well as sagging of the malar pad, can have the mid-face cheek lift procedure performed in conjunction with a full facelift or a mini facelift to provide maximum aesthetic enhancement.
A cheek lift offers the same natural and long-term results as a facelift does in appropriate patients. The incisions are hidden in the hairline and under the lip, and because the incisions are not visible, this procedure is good for both men and women who have active lifestyles and desire very minimal downtime.
The Weekend (Mini) Facelift
The Weekend Facelift (also called the mini facelift or the S-lift) is designed to have minimal downtime and a lower cost than a traditional facelift. This plastic surgery procedure can treat early skin laxity around the corners of the mouth and jowl area that is too advanced to be treated simply by a mid-facelift (cheek lift) procedure alone. It differs from a full facelift in that it does not treat laxity (sagging skin) in the neck or the lateral temporal area.
A mini facelift is performed through small incisions around the ears. Loose and sagging skin through the cheeks and lower face are lifted for a more youthful appearance and reduced wrinkles. Your facelift surgeon may also tighten the facial muscles at the SMAS for a more complete rejuvenation of the lower face.
With a Weekend Facelift Denver, patients are able to resume their normal activity within several days after surgery. Performed under local anesthesia, a mini lift takes only about four days from pre-op to recovery. Plus, we use a tumescent solution that results in less bruising and faster recovery. For a candidate with early aging changes and an active lifestyle, this procedure can be extremely beneficial. It can also be combined with a mid-facelift or forehead lift for additional benefits, such as reducing forehead lines and wrinkles.
Benefits of the Weekend Facelift include:
- Minimal discomfort
- Accelerated recovery time – just four days from pre-op to recovery
- The ability to maintain your active lifestyle
- Years of lasting facial improvement
- Reduced cost
Sagging jowls, fat under the chin, or visible bands in the neck (sometimes called “turkey neck”) present obvious signs of aging. The neck tends to show signs of aging before the face due to excess sun exposure and lack of protection through SPF or proper skincare over time. Reduce the signs of aging and create a naturally youthful look through a neck lift.
While the neck lift is not a replacement for a facelift, in many cases, 80% of the improvement that a facelift would provide to the lower facial area can be achieved with a neck lift. Plus, a neck lift allows patients to avoid any visible external incisions and has a reduced healing time. This technique is especially beneficial in patients who want to avoid the around-the-ear incision that is necessary in other surgical cosmetic procedures, yet are concerned over laxity of tissue in the neck area.
The neck lift procedure uses an incision under the chin and sometimes in the nape of the neck through which excess skin is removed and the underlying muscle tone is tightened. A neck lift requires twilight or general anesthesia.
Your Facelift Consultation
Denver patients and those in the surrounding area can schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Cote to learn more about facial procedures and whether they are a good candidate for this surgery. Dr. Cote will examine the aging signs that most concern you and review all your options for improving your overall facial appearance and achieving a more youthful look. As a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in facial cosmetic surgery, Dr. Cote utilizes the latest techniques in facelift surgery to offer the best possible results.
We understand that choosing to have a facelift is a deeply personal and important decision, which is why we are available to answer any questions and guide you towards the treatment that makes the most sense for you. Schedule an initial consultation to discuss how our facelift cosmetic procedures can smooth wrinkles, reduce excess or sagging skin, and dramatically enhance your appearance.