Through the facelift surgical procedure, board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Benjamin G. Swartout creates more youthful contouring of the lower face and jawline, allowing patients to achieve a rejuvenated appearance and look years younger. Dr. Swartout is the go-to facelift specialist in Beverly Hills, CA.
The process of aging combined with gravity causes areas of sagging skin which significantly ages the face and neck. The contouring of the lower face begins to soften, creating jowls and diminishing attractiveness.
Fortunately, cosmetic anti-aging medicine can restore youth and vitality to the face, including:
- the forehead
All the while improving the appearance of sagging skin and displaced fat.
What is Facelift?
Facelift surgery remains one of the best ways to comprehensively revitalize the aging face from the cheeks to the neck. During the procedure:
- the doctor tightens underlying facial muscles
- your surgeon redistributes facial tissues and fat
- we trim & tighten excess skin
A specialist should always perform this classic and effective plastic surgery to help ensure a natural result. For a more complete facial rejuvenation, they can pair other procedures like eyelid surgery (also called blepharoplasty) or dermal fillers with traditional facelift surgery for the best aesthetic result.
How Facelift in Los Angeles is Performed
An anesthesiologist will put the patient into a comfortable sleep prior to the procedure. Dr. Swartout performs this procedure at a fully equipped surgery center. Dr. Swartout begins the surgery by skillfully concealing surgical incisions in the hairline and behind and around the ears. Through these cuts, he can gain entry to the tissues of the face.
The doctor may remove pockets of fat with facial liposuction or excision techniques. The doctor will then tighten the muscles and other structures and remove extra skin. The remaining loose skin gets pulled slightly taut and the incisions get sutured afterward. Dr. Swartout has the experience and skill to achieve natural results, as he takes care not to over-modify the face which can lead to an artificial or “windswept” look.
Facelift surgery is customizable to the patient’s needs. A facelift surgery can target different areas of the face like the upper, mid, and lower face. Different Facelift techniques will smooth forehead lines, create a lifting of the cheeks, and contour the jawline. The doctor can strategically alter certain areas of the face that shows signs of aging, which also promotes a realistic final aesthetic.
Usually following a Facelift, patients can go home the same day, but should not drive themselves. Patients may require the assistance of a spouse or family member to care for them for the first 24 hours. They can aid in helping administer the appropriate amount of medications and ensuring the patient is comfortable. Avoid sun exposure. Post operative swelling and bruising will be visible in the hours following surgery, but the majority of this should resolve within 7-10 days.
Dr. Swartout will prescribe pain medications to control intensity and swelling, stave away infection, and help promote healing. Recovery time shouldn’t be more than a couple of weeks. In about a week or two, patients can use approved cosmetics to conceal any discoloration or temporary irregularities that have yet to resolve. Most people return to work (non-strenuous) and activities within about two weeks.
They will schedule follow-up visits for you with the doctor. The doctor can monitor the results and address any issues that can arise following a procedure.
A mini facelift offers similar results with quicker recovery time. Also known as the “1-hour facelift”, it’s a convenient procedure to have over the span of a weekend.
A Consultation for Facelift
We encourage patients interested in a facelift to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Swartout. During the initial consultation in Beverly Hills, CA, the doctor will:
- review the patient’s entire medical history
- learn about their goals and concerns
- perform an examination of the face
In some cases, Dr. Swartout may highly recommend an alternative or additional procedure that will best help the patient reach his or her aesthetic goals.
The doctor will then create a treatment plan that suits the patient’s needs and provide computer imaging that will provide an approximation of the expected results. Dr. Swartout can also show prospective patients examples of previous facelift procedures that he has performed to help them understand what is possible.
What Our Facelift Los Angeles Patients Are Saying
Oftentimes, the eye area is among the first to show a person’s age. This is because the eyes are constantly in motion and have delicate skin around them.
With aging, the upper eyelid skin may begin to crease and cause a hooded appearance. Crow’s feet may form at the corners of the eyes, while under eye bags can cause a chronically tired appearance. During upper or lower eyelid surgery, we can address these cosmetic issues to refresh the eyes.
Dr. Swartout performs cosmetic injections using the trusted fillers Restylane and Juvederm. These fillers help smooth out wrinkles in the skin and add lost volume, often in the lips and cheeks. They formulate these injections from a bio-compatible synthetic gel, rather than harvesting a patient’s fat or using bovine collagen source. This means that the formulas are more readily available for regular use.
The effects of injectable fillers lasts for months. We will administer the fillers again once effects have withered. Dermal fillers are a great option for areas that need rejuvenation but may not require surgery. We can also use fillers to enhance surgical results.
The differences between fillers like Restylane, Juvederm, and the dynamic wrinkle treatment Botox confuses many people. While we apply fillers to plumpen areas of the face, we administer Botox to block movements that cause lines and wrinkles. Some people fear the inability to make regular facial expressions and the loss of their signature facial features, which is understandable. But when performed by an expert, Botox treatments will improve wrinkles while still allowing for normal facial movements .
Other Non Surgical Options
Though Dr. Swartout can perform through non-surgical plans like dermal fillers and alongside a facelift, fillers can also postpone the need for the surgery in certain cases. Often, patients in their early 30s and 40s may begin to develop fine lines and creases in areas like the forehead, eyes, and lips.
Undergoing a facelift too early in one’s life may not be the best option, as you may require one in later years. Facelift surgery could also create results that appear too dramatic or harsh for a younger person’s age, even losing some unique facial features. By providing cosmetic injections, the doctor addresses imperfections in the skin while obtaining a naturally youthful look.
Why choose Dr. Swartout
- Fellowship trained sub-specialist in Facial Plastic surgery who attended college at Harvard University.
- Attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.
- Interned in general surgery at New York University, followed by a specialty residency in Otolaryngology – Head & Neck surgery at New York University.
- Completed a fellowship in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he worked with Dr. Dean Toriumi.
- A member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery and the American Rhinologic Society.
- Teaches nasal surgery to residents at Harbor UCLA both to contribute to the education of future doctors and to give back to an underserved community.
- Special interests include the development of rhinoplasty techniques to create long lasting, favorable nasal shape and good nasal breathing.
Like many surgeries, not all facelifts are the same. Certain techniques are best done with the patient deeply sedated or under general anesthesia.
In other patients, long-lasting results can be achieved using only mild sedation and numbing medicine. This depends on the patient’s individual requests and anatomy and can be discussed during a facelift consult.
Surgical incisions can be placed carefully to heal into a line as thin as a strand of hair. They are typically placed in natural folds of the skin or disguised within the hairline or ears. Some patients might be eligible for endoscopic techniques, which involve fewer incisions and the doctor is assisted by the guidance of a tiny camera directed below the skin to lessen tissue disruption. Additionally, patients may undergo various scar therapies during and after healing to promote the best and most discreet outcome.
If you live near Beverly Hills, CA, Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgery offers facelift among its services, and is conveniently located at 435 N Bedford Dr Suite 203 Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Other Popular Facelift Questions
Both a facelift and neck lift focus on improving the sagging skin and muscles of the neck and face. A neck lift, however, is limited to the soft tissue around the jawline and down into the neck. On the other hand, a facelift combines these benefits with a rejuvenation of the lower face up to the cheek area.
Facelift incisions are hidden in the following locations:
– the hairline above the ear
– around and inside the ear canal
– along with the front of the earlobe
– behind the ear in the hairline of the neck
In a neck lift, the incision stops at the top of the ear canal. This takes less time and typically produces less swelling during the postop period.
There are three primary versions of facial features rejuvenation surgery to enhance the upper, middle, or lower areas of the face that are aptly named:
– upper facelift (or brow lift combined with eyelid surgery)
– mid-face lift
– lower facelift (traditional or “full facelift”).
During an upper facelift, corrections are focused on the forehead and brows, sometimes also affecting the upper eyelids. This surgery is performed to treat vertical lines of the forehead and the placement of the eyebrows.
Mid-face lift address sagging cheeks, which lower over time and can distort contouring of the face. Because cheek laxity can cause the appearance of under-eye bags, lower eyelid surgery is a great addition to this type of lift.
A lower facelift & neck lift may be performed to eliminate lines around the mouth, jowls, and extra tissues in the neck.