After 100 years of evolution, the facelift is arguably the best known facial rejuvenation surgery. Collagen and elastin fibers that give elasticity and firmness – to our faces – tend to degrade as we age, leading to unpleasant wrinkles. Weakened underlying muscles and tissue in the midface causes sagging and leads to jowls and double chins. Further, our facial skeleton changes with time that leads to deflation in facial volume and contributes to the sagging appearance. Plastic surgeons perform facial rejuvenation surgery to tighten and redefine the jawline, as well as give the lower face a more youthful contour. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that in 2019, more than 123,685 Americans received a facelift in order to enhance their facial appearance. Better still, a survey published on the National Institutes of Health website shows that over 97.8% of patients who had a facelift described improvements in their facial appearance as either very good or beyond expectations one year after the surgery.
Phoenix plastic surgeons, Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin, perform rhytidectomy to help men and women achieve a youthful and vibrant facial appearance. Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin have helped numerous individuals from Phoenix, Scottsdale, Gilbert, and surrounding AZ cities boost their self-esteem and quality of life with plastic surgery. Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin understand that the needs of different individuals are unique and works to create a highly customized treatment plan to suit the needs of each facelift patient.
A Brief History of the Facelift
The first facelift in history was performed by German doctor Eugen Hollander in 1901. An elderly female aristocrat from Poland asked that he lift the corners of her mouth and cheeks, and the surgeon achieved that by removing an elliptical skin patch around her ears. Six years later in 1907, the first textbook on facial plastic surgery was written by Charles Miller.
Who is a Candidate for Facelift Surgery?
A facelift is a relatively simple cosmetic surgery procedure that can produce dramatic results and a vibrant, youthful-looking face. You may be a good candidate for facelift procedure if:
- You are in good physical and emotional health
- You have noticeable facial lines and wrinkles
- You have a sunken or ‘hollow’ look due to loss of facial tissue over time
- You have jowls or a double chin in your lower face area
- You have excess loose skin and stubborn deposits of fat under the jaws and chin
- You have realistic expectations about the outcome of this treatment
Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin will reserve your first visit to his office for understanding your needs and goals. The surgeon will listen to your concerns, ask questions, and learn about your medical history before letting you know whether this treatment is for you. Depending on your trouble areas, the surgeon may recommend that you have an alternative procedure such as cheek augmentation or a neck lift. Rhytidectomy is a highly individualized cosmetic treatment. For this reason, Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin emphasizes that each patient ensures they are having this surgery out of their own volition, not because someone else asked this of them.
Types of Facelifts
Dr. Oren Tessler can use any of the following facelift plastic surgery procedures to suit the needs of the patient:
- Standard facelift – also referred to as a traditional facelift, this procedure will address moderate to advanced signs of aging of the mid-face and neck regions. This surgery gives a more dramatic outcome for patients who are looking to reinvent their facial appearance. Dr. Tessler will make an incision behind the hairline starting close to the temples and going round the front of the ear. The surgeon will make sure that these incisions are minimal and well concealed from view. The next step is to reposition the deeper tissues underlying the skin, as well as get rid of excess skin in order to remove cosmetic imperfections such as wrinkling, jowling, and sagging skin.
- Mini facelift – a mini-facelift is a less invasive technique that is meant for patients who exhibit a mild degree of jowling or sagging skin. Your surgeon will create an incision along the hairline going above each year and use it to tighten the structural tissues around the cheeks. This helps correct the appearance, create a refined jawline, and get rid of a ‘tired’ facial appearance. A mini facelift is the procedure of choice if you are looking to address unwelcome signs of aging well before they become too pronounced.
Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin bring a personalized approach and attention to detail to the operating table. The surgeon will discuss each of the surgical techniques available and help you choose the best one to suit your aesthetic goals. Schedule a consultation to start planning a facial plastic surgery that will help turn back the hand of time.
Rhytidectomy is considered to be an outpatient surgical procedure that is usually performed under general anesthesia. The surgeon will create minimal incisions in well-concealed areas depending on the type of facelift that you are having. Your surgeon will then access the underlying facial tissue, tighten lax muscles, remove excess fat, and remove excess skin in order to achieve a beautiful, youthful, and subtly elevated facial contour. All procedures may include fat grafting and liposuction to redistribute volume where necessary and may include skin treatments such as CO2 laser to improve the vitality and youthful appearance of skin in conjunction.Throughout the surgery, the surgeon focuses on achieving a pleasant outcome while minimizing the risk of visible scarring and other side effects. Once the sculpting is complete, incisions will be closed and the bandages applied to the treatment area. Drains may be inserted in order to help prevent the build-up of fluid. The majority of Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin’s facelift surgery patients in Phoenix, Gilbert, and Scottsdale AZ are allowed to go home the same day.
Recovery after your Facelift in Phoenix, AZ
Following your facelift procedure, a special cooling mask will be placed on your face to help minimize the bruising and swelling. Most of the swelling takes place within 24-48 hours after surgery. Your surgeon will provide appropriate medication to help alleviate the discomfort. The surgeon may also insert tiny tubes beneath the skin to help drain fluid away from the treatment area. It is absolutely important that you take care of these drains and bandaging as instructed by the surgeon. Most people are feeling well enough to resume normal activities after 1 week in recovery. However, you still cannot exercise or engage in strenuous activities until after the third week. Your face will have a smooth, natural, and refreshed appeal after full recovery.
Expected Cost of Facelift Procedure in Phoenix
The cost of facial plastic treatment varies greatly depending on the extensiveness of the treatment, facility and medication fees, and the plastic surgeon’s fees. On average, most of Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin’s facelift patients in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Gilbert AZ, and nearby cities can expect to pay between $12,000 and $16,000 for this treatment. Rhytidectomy is considered to be an elective cosmetic procedure. For this reason, health insurers do not cover the costs. During your initial facelift Phoenix consultation at Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin’s office, the surgeon’s team will provide an initial cost estimate so you can make arrangements for financing.
Dr. Tessler’s Credentials
Oren Tessler, MD, is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving the Phoenix area. Dr. Tessler is highly proficient in multiple plastic surgery techniques, including face and neck surgery, breast procedures, body contouring, and maxillofacial surgery. He was appointed as an assistant and associate professor of Plastic Surgery at Louisiana State University and Tulane University. Dr. Tessler has also served as Director of Plastic Surgery at University Medical Center, as well as contributed research and trained dozens of upcoming plastic surgeons. Dr. Tessler’s passion lies in restoring form and function – and improving the quality of life of his patients. He brings a friendly and personalized approach to plastic surgery while working with highly qualified anesthesiologists and other support staff. Schedule your consultation with Tessler Plastic Surgery today for the best facelift Phoenix AZ has to offer.