Facial shaping procedures include a traditional facelift, as well as a forehead lift, cheek lift, and fat grafting. These procedures can be performed individually or in combination depending upon the needs and desires of the patient. As a highly regarded Denver facelift surgeon, Dr. Slenkovich conducts thorough consultations to assess each patient’s facial structure, aesthetic needs and desires, and to recommend the best combination of facial rejuvenation procedures.
Because they are often performed in conjunction, we have included an overview of each of the most common facial shaping procedures on this page. For more information on any procedure, please feel free to call us. We will be happy to answer all of your questions or schedule an initial consultation for you. Financing options are also available for our Denver facelift and other facial rejuvenation procedures patients.
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A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is intended to give the neck and face a more youthful contour. If you are experiencing any of the following, you may be an excellent candidate for a facelift in Denver:
- loss of skin elasticity and muscle tone of the face and neck
- the appearance of jowls and deep creases between the base of your nose and the corners of your mouth
- you have well-developed facial and neck wrinkles
- you have lost your chin and neck contours
- your overall facial appearance is tired and/or worn out
A facelift is often performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia, although overnight hospital admission is available. Following the procedure, the head and neck are wrapped in dressings that are usually removed the day after surgery.
Facelift recovery varies patient to patient. Minimal initial discomfort is controlled with oral medication. Sutures are removed within 7-10 days. Bruising and swelling decrease substantially within 10 to 20 days. The final result of a facelift is fully evident in four to six weeks or even sooner, while continued improvement is noticeable for several months. Depending on the extent of surgery and any adjunctive procedures, many Denver facelift patients are able to return to light-duty work within two weeks.
When a facelift is being performed, it is common to perform a cheek lift (mid-face lift) at the same time through the facelift incisions to further assist in restoring a more youthful facial form.
A “mini-facelift” resolves sagging in the lower face and upper neck. This procedure is often appropriate for patients who do not have extreme facial sagging. The procedure involves smaller incisions, less bruising and typically, a shorter recovery time. Newer surgical techniques make it possible to restore a more youthful look for women or men who seek facial rejuvenation that appears fresh and natural, with the majority of the aging skin and tissue on the lower section of the face, including:
- Deep facial creases from nose to mouth
- Lack of jaw definition
- Sagging upper neck skin and tissue
- Drooping cheeks
What Should I Expect During the Facelift Denver Procedure?
Expect to be placed under general anesthesia. Depending on the extent of the procedure, expect the procedure to take from two to six hours. A mini facelift may take only two hours where a full facelift could require up to four hours. Often if a facelift is being done in conjunction with another procedure, such as a rhinoplasty, it will require more time.
Where are the Incisions Made?
Incisions for facelifts depend on the area being targeted. A full facelift would include incisions in the hairline to access the forehead, and in the creases around the ears for the lower face and neck.
Will There be Visible Scarring?
Scarring should not be visible as the incisions are made in areas that are not typically observable, such as within the hairline. Also, they are very small incisions, carefully and expertly sutured. They typically leave only very fine scars once fully healed.
Will My Face Look Stiff or Pulled?
Your face will never look stiff or pulled if your facelift is done by an experienced professional such as our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Nick Slenkovich. A minimalist approach is always taken to ensure that the results look organic and beautiful.
What Part of the Face is Being Lifted?
The musculature and fascia (fibrous tissue surrounding muscle) below the skin is lifted. This creates a far more natural look on the surface and lasts longer than just tightening the skin alone.
What is Fat Grafting and What is the Purpose of Fat Grafting?
Fat grafting is when fat is taken from another part of your body and transferred to your face to replace lost volume or smooth wrinkles and creases. This may be an option, rather than injectable fillers, as the results will last longer. Fat grafting is typically for the cheeks or temples which tend to lose volume with age. This creates a smoother and more youthful contour to the face.
How Long Will a Facelift Last?
This depends on the extent of the facelift, your age, and your genetics. A full facelift can last for 10 years or longer. Although it does not put a pause on ageing, it can help to turn back the clock and give your face a much more youthful appearance and contour.
What Can I do to Aid Recovery?
To ensure the quickest and most comfortable recovery it is important to follow our surgeon’s recovery directions. This means putting yourself in a position where you are able to rest and relax, avoiding any moderate to strenuous activity during the crucial first few weeks of healing. Keeping your head and face elevated, especially while you sleep, is key to reducing swelling and discomfort from your procedure.
Are There Any Risks Associated With a Facelift Procedure?
There are risks of bruising and swelling but these subside within the first few weeks. Other risks include infection and bleeding, but these can be minimized by choosing an experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon and by following all post-operative recovery instructions carefully, resting, eating healthy foods and staying hydrated. Complications are rare.
Facial Rejuvenation at its Best
You may have seen or heard about procedures such as a “lunchtime lift,” “thread lift,” or other similar quickie procedures. While these procedures have impressive ads, the actual results are typically far less than promised or may even require revision surgery. To create a smooth, natural appearance that looks like you – not a pulled, tight, unnatural look, requires high level surgical skills and great precision. Any facial surgery should be performed by a highly skilled and experienced board-certified Denver plastic surgeon. You will live with the results for years, and simply cannot risk a bad outcome.
A Younger You: Fresh and Natural
When a facelift is performed by Dr. Nick, you can be confident that he understands your vision and can perform some of the top results in a facelift Denver has to offer . Every procedure is meticulously planned and executed so that the most natural look is achieved – rather than pulled, tight, or strange. A correctly-performed facelift does more than remove and lift excess skin; the procedure involves lifting the underlying muscle structure to a more youthful location.
Facial Surgery Qualifications
Dr. Nick Slenkovich is a board-certified head and neck surgeon in addition to being a board-certified plastic surgeon. Both of these certifications are critical credentials when choosing a plastic surgeon for your facelift or other facial contouring procedure. Please visit our credentials page for more information about why these certifications are so important and what they mean to you.
To Learn More
Please explore our site for more information about the specific procedure you’re interested in, and please view our before and after photos and 3-D demonstrations. We also invite you to read our patient experiences and patient testimonials pages.
As one of the best plastic surgeons in Denver, Dr. Nick Slenkovich has dedicated his career to the pursuit of surgical excellence and complete patient satisfaction. He performs all facial rejuvenation and beautification procedures with the utmost attentiveness, an approach that allows Dr. Slenkovich to consistently deliver highly rewarding aesthetic outcomes for his Denver otoplasty, laser skin resurfacing, facelift and eyelid surgery patients.
If you would like to learn how a facelift can help you achieve your facial rejuvenation goals, please contact us today to schedule a consultation.
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