Facelift

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. Women and men concerned that loose, wrinkled skin makes them appear older than they feel can benefit from a facelift at our Boston-area plastic surgery practice. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Dax Guenther addresses your concerns using advanced techniques that create natural-looking results.

Exciting Possibilities

Aging not only causes the skin to lose its elasticity, but also the deterioration of facial fat and connective tissue. Modern facelift surgery elevates the underlying tissue and muscle and restores volume, in addition to removing excess skin.  Facelift surgery can:

  • Restore volume to the cheeks
  • Eliminate jowls and reshape the jaw line
  • Smooth facial wrinkles and lines

While a facelift addresses the mid and lower face, men and women concerned about sagging neck skin can benefit by having a neck lift performed at the same time. A neck lift creates a sculpted neck line and a well-defined chin.

Dr. Dax answers any questions you might have about a facelift or neck lift 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

Incision area for a facelift

Through his training and experience, Dr. Dax 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.

If Dr. Dax is also performing a neck lift he may also make a small incision below the chin.

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.

Because facial aging is rarely confined to one area, Dr. Dax 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 med spa procedures such as BOTOX® and Dysport® injections that might complement your surgery.

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Healing & Enjoying Your New Look

Many patients return home the day of their surgeries after Dr. Dax checks to ensure they are ready. In some cases, patients remain overnight in a comfortable recovery room. In either case, we see them the day after the surgery. Dr. Dax has patients return after 5 to 7 days to have sutures removed. The next follow-up appointments are at 6 weeks and 3 months after the procedure.

Facelift recovery is often more comfortable than patients expect, and any discomfort can be effectively managed with either prescription or over-the-counter medication. Even though you can return to work about 5 days after the operation, you should allow several weeks for healing if you’re attending a social function such as a wedding or class reunion.

Patients can begin mild lower-body exercise after about 2 weeks. At 6 weeks, activity is unrestricted, and results and scar maturation will continue to develop for up to 1 year. Dr. Dax is available to answer questions and offer assistance throughout the recovery period.

How Much 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
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Meet 'Dr. Dax'

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

With impeccable credentials and a personable bedside manner, Dr. Dax gives his patients confidence and peace of mind from their initial consultations through follow-up appointments. He established his boutique private practice in 2012 and is among the best plastic surgeons in the Boston area.

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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.

Are you ready to learn more about how Dr. Dax can give your face a more rested and youthful appearance? Request a consultation online or call us at (781) 740-7840 to speak with one of our team members today.

Common Questions

Most patients have several questions when they are considering getting a facelift or neck lift, and Dr. Dax 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?

Even though most facelift patients are in their 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 or lax neck skin and are healthy enough to undergo surgery, then a facelift and neck lift may be right for you regardless of age.

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. Dax, a secondary facelift is safe and gets excellent results.

How long will my results last?

Although no surgery can halt the aging process, Dr. Dax’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.

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