Facelift Surgery:Reclaim a Younger-Looking Visage

At Bulan Plastic Surgery in Northern New Jersey, one of the most common complaints that patients share with Dr. Bulan is that they look older than they feel. Do you feel this way, too? Do you have the heart, mind and soul of a 30-something-year-old but feel that signs of aging on your face make you look much older?

As time passes, the natural aging process, overexposure to sun or pollution, or hereditary factors can take their toll on the face.  Skin may droop or lose elasticity. Fat may fall or become displaced. A loss of muscle tone can occur. When these things happen, jowls, saggy-looking cheeks or hollow pockets under the eyes can develop. Wrinkles and deep folds may appear, including nasolabial folds (i.e., “smile lines”), horizontal forehead lines (i.e., “worry lines”) or wrinkles on the outside corners of the eyes (i.e., “crow’s feet”).

All this may sound discouraging, but the encouraging news is that Dr. Bulan can correct these signs of facial aging! With facelift surgery, you can once again have a rejuvenated facial appearance that mirrors your youthful spirit.

What Does Facelift Surgery Entail?

Although Dr. Bulan is skilled in a variety of facelift techniques, the standard approach to facelift surgery is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia. The standard method for facelift surgery involves creating miniscule incisions along the inside of the hairline, continuing in front of the ear, under the earlobe to the back of the ear, ending in the lower scalp area.

Dr. Bulan then separates tissue from fat deposits (removing excess fat if needed), tightens the skin and removes any excess skin. He next addresses the neckline, if needed. To do so, he makes another small incision under the chin then again separates tissue from fat, tightening and removing skin from that area.

When he is finished, he closes any incisions with stitches, metal clips or staples, choosing the options that best minimize the chance of visible scarring.

Facelift surgery typically takes several hours or more, depending on which facelift technique Dr. Bulan uses and if other cosmetic procedures are included in the surgery such as eyelid lift or brow lift. Dr. Bulan may recommend that other procedures be completed at a different time. The plastic surgeon will discuss all available options with you during consultation; together, you will decide on the most appropriate facelift treatment protocol to achieve your aesthetic goals.

What to Expect During Recovery

Immediately after facelift surgery, you will be taken to a room to recover while the effects of the anesthesia wear off. You will notice that your face is dressed with bandages, which help reduce recovery time and swelling.

Once you are released into the care of an authorized adult, you should make sure to get plenty of rest and limit any movement. Doing so will aid the body’s natural healing process and speed up recovery time. You may experience minor pain following facelift. Dr. Bulan will recommend oral pain medication to help alleviate any postoperative discomfort.

Any sutures, clips or staples will be removed about one week following surgery at one of your follow-up appointments. Although complications are rare, be sure to follow all Dr. Bulan’s pre- and post-operative instructions closely to help minimize any surgical risks or complications.

How Long Do Facelift Results Last?

The short answer is, it depends. How long your facelift results last depends on a variety of factors, including which facelift technique you choose, as well as the condition of your skin and if you smoke. For example, “mini” facelift results typically last 2-4 years; revision facelift results generally last 2-7 years. Regardless of technique, smoking decreases the longevity of all aesthetic results.

It is impossible to say for sure how long facelift results will last for each individual. However, here are some general guidelines regarding the longevity of facelift results for you to keep in mind:

  • Results for younger patients with minimal signs of facial aging may last for less time than for older patients who undergo multiple supplementary plastic surgery procedures.
  • Because Dr. Bulan has already altered certain tissues with the original facelift surgery, revision facelift results may not necessarily have the same rejuvenation effects as the initial procedure did.
  • Although facelift surgery cannot stop the natural aging process, it can keep you ahead of the curve!

Start on Your Way to a More Youthful Face Today!

Why wait to have a younger-looking face? It’s time to enjoy looking in the mirror again! If you have ever wondered what you would look and feel like with a fresh facial appearance, schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Bulan to explore your facelift options. During your procedure you can learn about other facial rejuvenation procedures, such as neck lift, Botox injections and laser skin resurfacing.  Dr. Bulan has two convenient locations to serve the needs of patients throughout Essex, Morris and Union County. Contact Bulan Plastic Surgery at (973) 467-9744 now.