Facelift Specialist in Sacramento
Dr. Donald Hause is a leading facelift surgeon in Sacramento. In the paragraphs below, Dr. Hause describes the facelift procedure, and how he has helped his facelift patients “turn back the clock” on aging.
What Facelift Accomplishes
Due to the natural aging process and overexposure to environmental damage, the skin and soft tissues of the lower face lose elasticity. Fat becomes displaced and the muscle tone diminishes. This results in loss of cheek contours, jowling and poor neck contour. Facelift and neck lift procedures can be used to restore a more youthful appearance to the lower two-thirds of the face.
Traditional facelift worked by removing excess skin and pulling the lax tissues back into place by pulling on the skin. The deep layers of the face (the tissues of the cheek and jawline) and neck did not respond well to this pull of the skin. Since little was done to change the deep layer of the face, normal cheek contours and deep nasal creases were not significantly improved. In an attempt to improve these areas, the skin was pulled tighter. Therefore, it was also common to produce a “pulled” or “over-operated look.”
Utilizing newer deep layer techniques, cheek contours, jowls and neck contours are greatly improved and the anti-aging results are longer lasting. Incisions are placed in inconspicuous locations along the natural hairline and normal contours of the ears, which prevents unnatural hair shifts and obvious scars.
More about Facelift Surgery
The facelift and neck lift procedures are usually performed on an outpatient basis under anesthesia. The procedure typically takes between one and three hours, depending on the specific surgical approach.
Dr. Hause makes the surgical incisions in the hairline at the temples, extending around the ear and into the lower scalp. Through the incisions, he sculpts or redistributes fat, modifies the muscles and repositions the deeper layers of the face. Jowling, excess skin and fat under the chin and on the neck are corrected. Dr. Hause re-drapes the skin smoothly over the improved facial contours and removes excess skin. If needed, he can make an additional incision under the chin to target the neck.
Facelift can be combined with another surgical or non-surgical procedure, such as fat transfer, the placement of facial implants, laser resurfacing or filler injections, to enhance the aesthetic outcomes.
Recovering from Facelift Surgery
After surgery some swelling and bruising can be expected and normally subsides within several weeks. Patients must rest and relax during recovery, avoiding any strenuous or vigorous activity. Dr. Hause supplies comprehensive instructions for recovery; he details how to care for the treated area, medications to take to aid healing and concerns to look for. He also advises when it is safe to return to work, exercise and socializing. Most patients return to work in 10 to 14 days.
Learn More about Facelift
For more information about facelift surgery and how it can reverse the common signs of aging, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Hause. Call (916) 646-6869 to make an appointment.