A youthful appearance that looks natural and expressive can influence your personal interactions, create a positive first impression, and even result in greater self-confidence. Because your face often begins showing physical signs of aging earlier than the rest of your body, many men and women start thinking about facelift surgery so they look as young as they feel. A facelift in Boston, Hingham, and Nantucket performed by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Dax Guenther restores a younger-looking appearance by addressing both your skin and deeper tissue to eliminate wrinkles and sagging.
Are you ready to learn more about how Dr. Guenther can give your face a more rested and youthful appearance? Request a consultation online, or call us at (781) 740-7840 (Hingham), (508) 901-9239 (Nantucket), or (617) 306-3175 (downtown) to speak with one of our team members today.
Before-and-After Photos of Real Patients
|This patient received a neck lift from Dr. Guenther. For additional facelift and neck lift patients, please visit our photo gallery here.|
Skin that has begun to lose its elasticity with age often shows it in the form of sagging and wrinkles that indicate a deeper deterioration of facial fat and connective tissue. Both men and women can benefit from facelift surgery, which can provide a long-term solution to the symptoms of aging in the mid to lower face. Dr. Guenther offers this procedure as a surgical option that will:
- Restore volume to the cheeks
- Eliminate jowls and reshape the jaw line
- Sculpt the chin and neck
- Smooth facial wrinkles and lines
A thread lift, also called a skin lift, is rarely as effective and is appropriate only for younger patients whose skin retains much of its elasticity.
Dr. Guenther will answer any questions you might have about a facelift during your initial consultation. His many years of surgical education and experience have given him the skill and eye to achieve optimal yet natural results.
Advanced Techniques & Options
Through his training and experience, Dr. Guenther has chosen to specialize in deep-plane (high-SMAS) facelifts. These procedures are technically more difficult than "skin-only" or "thread" lifts but provide results that are more natural and long-lasting.
Deep-plane facelifts involve the freeing of deep layers of connective tissue and fat, which are then placed back in a more youthful location. The "lift" occurs at these layers, preventing tension on the overlying skin, which is re-draped for a very natural appearance. The lack of tension on the skin prevents the "wind-blown" look that commonly follows more traditional "skin only" lifts, which use tension to pull the wrinkles away.
Incisions depend upon the amount of excess skin requiring re-draping but will typically include one behind the ear, one in front of the ear, and one that partially extends up into, or along, the scalp. The incisions behind the ear and in the scalp are hidden, while the one in front of the ear is carefully camouflaged.
Dr. Guenther routinely performs facelift surgery with eyelid surgery or a brow lift. He will also perform fat grafting to the face if needed, and can recommend any medical spa procedures that might complement your surgery.
Healing & Enjoying Your New Look
Patients are retained after facelift surgery overnight in a recovery area to facilitate comfort and care. The following morning, dressings are removed and the patient is sent home. For the first 5 days, patients should have a friend or family member available to help at home so the focus remains on the patient's recovery. Suture removal takes place at a follow-up appointment at day 5 to 7.
Another follow-up will take place after 2 weeks, at which point patients can typically go out publicly with the help of concealer. They are also cleared to begin mild lower-body exercise at this time. At 6 weeks, activity is unrestricted, and results and scar maturation will continue to develop for up to 1 year. Dr. Guenther is available to answer questions and offer assistance throughout the recovery period.
What Does a Facelift Cost?
The price of a facelift may vary dramatically from practice to practice. When you ask about the cost, make sure the total includes everything you will pay for. That may include:
- Surgeon's fee
- Hospital or surgical facility costs
- Anesthesia fees
- Prescription medications
- Medical tests
Keep in mind, however, that shopping for the lowest cost isn't a good way to select your plastic surgeon. Choosing a board-certified, experienced surgeon who is qualified to perform the procedure you want should be your top priority.
To read common questions asked by past patients and to learn more about Dr. Guenther's techniques, please visit our facelift FAQ.