As our life expectancy keeps increasing, our skin can’t keep up. Our facial skin is some of the thinnest on the entire human body, and it is exposed constantly. That’s especially true in sunny, hot El Paso. Sun damage, environmental factors, habits such as smoking, and an ongoing decline in our collagen production all conspire to age our faces, often beyond our actual age.

A facelift with Dr. Reynolds can stem the tide and take a decade or so off your facial age. Dr. Reynolds uses different methods to provide the most natural-looking rejuvenation for his patients with these popular procedures.

Smiling Asian woman looking up, drawn arrows on her face symbolizing facelift

What is a facelift?

The facelift is one of the original cosmetic surgeries, the first recorded facelift being performed in Berlin in 1901. The name, facelift, can actually be confusing for patients. They assume these procedures rejuvenate the entire face. A facelift is a surgical procedure that addresses the visible signs of aging in the mid and lower face and the upper neck. A brow lift, as well as an upper and lower blepharoplasty, can be done to rejuvenate the upper face and areas around the eyes. Dr. Reynolds uses different methods to smooth and tighten the skin of the cheeks, the chin area, and the upper neck. During the procedure, the skin is lifted, and underlying muscle and tissue are repositioned to its former higher position. Excess skin is then trimmed.

Who is a good candidate for a facelift?

Most anyone over the age of 45 could benefit from a facelift to some degree. The method that Dr. Reynolds uses will be dependent on several factors. These are some general characteristics that Dr. Reynolds looks for in our facelift candidates:

  • You have mid-face sagging
  • You have deep creases under your eyes
  • You have deep nasolabial folds
  • Jowls have formed on your jawline
  • You have fatty, sagging areas just below your cheekbones
  • You have loose skin, wrinkles, vertical cords, and fatty tissue on your neck

Your healing will proceed more effectively if you don’t smoke. A facelift takes 10-15 years off of your look but the goal is to make you look NATURAL and rested, not over pulled or fake. We want others to think you are sleeping better or changed your hair or lost some weight. We want them to know you look better, but they’re not really sure why.

What are the benefits of a facelift?

Facelifts have the goal of bringing sagging facial tissues back up to their former higher position on the cheeks before gravity, sun damage, and other factors had their way. By doing so, your face is instantly refreshed, younger-looking, and the tired countenance is gone. Who couldn’t do with some of that?

These surgeries address sagging skin, loose jowls, deep creases around the mouth, neck banding, and under-eye bags.

It’s generally thought facelifts take from 10-15 years off the patient’s facial age.

Headshot of a woman with repaired skin areas highlighted from a facelift

How is a facelift performed?

Dr. Reynolds doesn’t believe in forcing a particular technique on a patient for these procedures. Instead, he employs a variety of methods, depending on your unique facial aging. Today’s facelifts focus far less on the outer skin, instead of considering how the skin is supported beneath. This eliminates the stretched look you’ve seen in so many failed facelifts. Dr. Reynolds usually seeks to elevate the underlying superficial muscular aponeurotic system (SMAS). This approach creates the most natural-looking results for his patients.

Here are a few descriptions of the methods used for these surgeries. Dr. Reynolds may use a combination for your situation:

  • Traditional facelift — This is the “full” facelift for rejuvenating the face, jowls, and neck. A full facelift involves lifting and repositioning the muscles and deeper tissues and removing certain attachments. Dr. Reynolds usually sculpts the fat to avoid creating a hollow look that you see on failed facelifts. Excess skin is trimmed and then re-draped. The incisions with a traditional lift start at the temples, run downward in front of the ear, wrap around the earlobe, and terminate in the hairline of the lower scalp. If the patient has particular issues in the neck area, a second incision is made under the chin to lift, tighten, and trim excess skin on the upper neck.
  • Limited-incision/mini-facelift — The goals of this facelift aren’t as widespread, instead of providing limited rejuvenation around the eyes and mouth, including nasolabial folds and other deep creases. Shorter incisions are made at the temples, around the ears, and if needed, in the lower eyelids and/or under the upper lip. Mini facelifts are more appropriate for patients who don’t have too much sagging. They’ve become quite popular.
  • Mid-face lift — As the name implies, this lift focuses on the mid-face, lifting the cheeks and removing lines. Dr. Reynolds elevates the fat pad in the cheek in these lifts. Mid-face lifts can reduce puffiness under the eyes, correct nasolabial folds, and improve the cheeks. Incisions are small, usually in the lower eyelids or mouth.
  • Neck lift — Not technically a facelift, these lifts focus mainly on the jowls and neck. They involve short incisions, creating very minimal scarring. The incision is made around the earlobe and behind the ear to the lower scalp. An incision can also be made under the chin.

A facelift can be done with a general anesthetic, but 80% of Dr. Reynolds patients do it in the office under local anesthesia. This means no hangover after surgery and less cost.

Facelift Before & After

Beofre and after image of a Caucasian woman that underwent a facelift procedure

What is recovery like after a facelift?

After your surgery, Dr. Reynolds will have wrapped your incisions in bandages and there will likely be some drainage tubes in place. Drains will be removed the next day and you can shower the day after surgery. Your stitches and clips will be removed in about one week.

Because facelifts involve lifting and repositioning a good deal of tissue, recovery from the procedure can be involved. There will be a good deal of tissue, there will be some swelling and sometimes some bruising. Your first week or so you’ll need to sleep with your head elevated, making sure not to roll over onto your face. There is very little pain after the procedure. We give pain medication but patients rarely need it. Usually, Tylenol or Motrin is enough. Your face may feel stiff or tight, but this will relax with a little time, usually from 3-6 weeks. Your neck could also feel some tension and tightness.

As you recover, there will be some numbness in areas. This can transition to itching after a few weeks, but this won’t last. These feelings are normal and are a result of the facial nerves adjusting to the re-draped skin. There can also be some returning residual swelling for weeks, usually at night after a day on your feet. This is normal.

Most patients return to work in 5-10 days and 80% of patients do it in the office under local anesthesia.

What are the risks with facelift surgery?

Risks include swelling, bruising, temporary numbness and difficulties healing. Other complications with Dr. Reynolds are extremely rare.

How long will my results last?

Facelift surgery creates permanent rejuvenation on your mid to lower face. It will take a few months to see your full results, as swelling can come and go especially later in the day. Muscles that Dr. Reynolds has returned to their higher position are there for good. Excess skin that has been trimmed is gone.

Dr. Reynolds is an amazing surgeon that will get you great results. He will take 10-15 years off of your look and will give you a natural and rested result. He will improve your confidence and make you look as young as you feel.

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