Once you've decided to have a facelift and started researching plastic surgeons in Boston, MA, you may have found the abundance of information overwhelming. Facelift surgery can include a number of complex surgical techniques, so it's important to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Dax Guenther to understand the different options available and what's best for you.
If you're ready to learn more about why so many men and women in the Boston area who get facelifts select Dr. Guenther, request a consultation online to meet with him, or call us at (781) 740-7840 (Hingham), (617) 306-3175 (Boston), or (508) 901-9239 (Nantucket) to speak with one of our team members today.
Most patients have several questions when they are considering getting a facelift, and Dr. Guenther is happy to answer all of them. Below are some of the most common questions patients ask.
What is the "right age" for a facelift?
Although most patients are in the 40s or older, there is no real "right age" for this procedure. If you have sagging tissues on the lower two-thirds of your face and are healthy enough to undergo surgery, then a facelift may be right for you no matter what your age is. Dr. Guenther can evaluate your face and make a recommendation on whether you are a good candidate.
Does Dr. Guenther perform a "thread" facelift?
Dr. Guenther specializes in deep-plane (high-SMAS) facelifts. Although this advanced technique is more technically challenging than many other facelift procedures, a deep-plane lift offers long-lasting results that look more natural. That's because the tension of the lift is borne by the underlying connective tissues and muscles, rather than the skin itself. Dr. Guenther mastered this technique under the direction of Dr. Fritz Barton, a renowned plastic surgeon in Dallas who pioneered the high-SMAS technique. A thread lift (sometimes called a "quick lift") is less invasive. However, the results are short-lived.
What is a secondary facelift?
An effective lift turns back the clock in a way that looks natural. However, it doesn't stop the clock. Your face continues aging and, at some point, you may choose to have another lift to treat recurrent signs of facial aging. That's called a secondary facelift. In the hands of an experienced plastic surgeon such as Dr. Guenther, a secondary facelift is safe and gets excellent results. The surgery is becoming more common as more men and women who get interested in initial facial rejuvenation in their 40s and early 50s live to greater ages.
How long is the recovery from a facelift?
After spending the night in a comfortable recovery room, you return home the following day. Dr. Guenther removes sutures about 5 to 7 days later at a follow-up appointment. Most patients take about 2 weeks to heal before they go out publicly. Activity is limited for up to 6 weeks. It will be a year before the full results are visible.
I don't want to look like I had a facelift. Will the results appear natural?
One of the primary benefits of using the deep-plane technique compared to "skin only" lifts is that the results look natural and avoid the "wind-blown" appearance. A deep-plane lift involves repositioning connective tissue and fat to restore volume and a youthful appearance.
Will other parts of my face appear older after getting a facelift?
For some patients, a facelift can draw attention to signs of aging around the eyes and in the forehead. That's why Dr. Guenther may recommend combining your facelift with eyelid surgery and a brow lift to give you an overall facial rejuvenation.
How long will my results last?
Although no surgery can halt the aging process, Dr. Guenther's deep-plane facelift can slow it down. Many patients find their results last as long as 10 years before they consider any other anti-aging procedures. There are also things you can do to extend your results, such as maintaining a healthy weight, sticking to a good skincare regimen, and considering "touch-up" treatments with non-surgical services such as injectable fillers.
Will a facelift improve the appearance of my neck?
A neck lift is actually a separate procedure that Dr. Guenther often recommends combining with a face lift. If you are only concerned about your neck, a surgical procedure with incisions made around the ears (much like a face lift) is an appropriate option. He may use liposuction to remove excess fat from the neck to improve its contours. A neck lift is among the many facial procedures Dr. Guenther offers.