If you’re tired of looking older than you actually are, a facelift can enhance your profile, smooth your skin, and give you a more youthful, attractive appearance. At Keller Plastic Surgery in Santa Barbara and Beverly Hills, CA, we have extensive experience performing this procedure for people living in Southern California and beyond. Read on to learn how we can use our skills and experience to enhance your look with this cosmetic procedure.
When Should You Get a Facelift?
Choosing when to get a cosmetic procedure is an extremely personal decision. As a result, there is no set age when you should get a facelift. Instead, the ideal time to receive this procedure will depend on the appearance of your face, your aesthetic goals, and other factors. That said, there are some general considerations that you should keep in mind when you’re making this important decision.
People in Their Forties and Fifties
Since your body is unique, you might age more or less quickly than your peers. The deeper layers of your face are likely to show signs of age as early as your mid-to-late forties, and your facial features may begin to sag during this time. These changes can make you look tired, sad, or angry. We specialize in a type of deep plane lift that can rejuvenate your appearance in a natural-looking way. This lift may make you look ten to fifteen years younger. Further, if you receive this lift in your mid-to-late forties or early fifties, your results may last for a significant period of time.
You don’t have to be in your forties or fifties to benefit from a deep plane lift. Receiving this procedure at a later stage in your life can be very beneficial. Further, you can receive a deep plane lift even if you have had a different type of lift in the past. This technique provides very long-lasting results. If you receive this treatment at a more mature age, you may not need to receive another lift during your lifetime.
Starting the Process
You don’t need to decide whether you can benefit from this procedure on your own. To determine whether you are a suitable candidate, you should have a consultation with us. If you are located far away from our office, you may send us photographs of your face. We can use these images to analyze your appearance and formulate a preliminary plan for your cosmetic procedure.
Scheduling an In-Person Meeting
We will need to see you in person to make a final evaluation of your situation. During this consultation, we can determine whether this procedure is right for you.
What Are the Differences Between a Deep Plane Lift and Other Lifts?
During a deep plane lift, your medical provider will move the sagging ligaments and structures on your face as a single unit. This sophisticated technique may provide more lasting, attractive results than other types of facelifts.
Since a skin-only lift does not reposition the deeper layers of your face, it may fail to provide meaningful benefits. Instead, this type of lift may give you an artificial, unnatural look. As a result, you may be disappointed with the results of a skin-only lift.
As its name implies, a muscle pulling lift will reposition the muscular structures in your face. Although this method can be more beneficial than a skin-only lift, it is not a perfect procedure. In particular, this technique will pull your skin, and it may also give you noticeable incisions. You might have an unnatural appearance after you receive this type of lift.
Deep Plane Lift
Unlike other lifts, a deep plane lift can improve your face in a more significant manner. During your procedure, we will reposition the ligaments and tissues below your superficial musculoaponeurotic system. This system, also called SMAS, is a layer of tissue that is located above your muscles.
Your medical provider will move your SMAS, muscles, fat, and skin as a single unit. Moving your face as a unit can improve your look without creating the artificial “joker” lines that are associated with other types of lifts. Instead, this lift can produce more natural-looking improvements in your appearance. We know you’ll feel more youthful and confident once you recover from this procedure.
What Will My Recovery Be Like?
You may be pleasantly surprised by how quickly you recover after your procedure. In fact, you are likely to be able to return to your job and other responsibilities fairly quickly. This is usually an out-patient procedure.
You should have a friend or family member drive you home once your lift is complete. Since you will need to rest while your body recovers, someone should provide you with basic home care for one to two days. That said, you should be able to walk on the day after your procedure. Further, you should be able to remove your bandages at this time.
Returning to Your Normal Schedule
You can usually go outside while wearing dark glasses and a scarf within a few days. You also should be able to work in your home office for about two to three days after your procedure. If you work outside of your home, you will likely feel comfortable returning to your job and wearing makeup in ten to fourteen days.
Although you may be able to return to your job at this time, you will probably need to avoid intense exercise and other difficult activities for at least three weeks.
FAQ About a Deep Plane Lift
Is a Deep Plane Lift Difficult to Perform?
Your medical provider will need extensive experience and skills to perform a deep plane lift. In particular, he or she must know how to work with the deeper layers of the face. As a result, a specialist may achieve better results than someone who doesn’t have as much experience in this area.
We specialize in facial procedures: in fact, we have performed over 2,500 lifts. Dr. Gregory S. Keller has even taught other physicians how to perform deep plane lifts. We have the skills and experience needed to perform this sophisticated procedure.
Does a Deep Plane Lift Have a Longer Recovery Period Than Other Lifts?
A deep plane lift should not have a longer recovery period than other lifts. During your procedure, we will focus on the deeper layers of your face. Accordingly, we will not separate your skin from its blood supply. This technique may help your body heal more after your procedure. As a result, you should recover quickly from a deep plane lift.
What Is the Difference Between a “Masterlift” and Other Types of Deep Plane Lifts?
At Keller Plastic Surgery, we perform a unique type of deep plane lift called a “Masterlift.” This procedure lifts your facial structures and mid-face fat pads in a more vertical direction than many other deep plane lifts. This type of lift can enhance the appearance of your jaw, neckline, and mid-face. The “Masterlift” is designed to create subtle, sophisticated improvements that look natural and attractive.
Can a “Masterlift” Improve the Results of a Previous Lift?
If you’re unhappy with the results of a lift that you received from another medical provider, don’t worry. A “Masterlift” may be an ideal way to revise the effects of a previous lift. Since a “Masterlift” is a very comprehensive procedure, it may address issues that your previous lift did not improve. In particular, many lifts will not significantly improve your neck or the middle area of your face. A “Masterlift” may enhance these features and help you feel more confident about your appearance.
Will I Still Look Like Myself After I Receive My Lift?
You probably have seen photographs of people who don’t look like themselves after they receive lifts. In fact, you might be worried that a lift will make your skin look stretched and unnatural. Fortunately, you don’t need to worry about these issues when you receive a lift from us. Our goal is to improve your appearance in a natural, sophisticated manner. Our innovative “Masterlift” can make you look more beautiful and youthful without drastically altering your appearance.
This innovative lift should not give you a stretched, pulled look. Instead, this procedure can reverse the signs of age and make you look younger. Since these improvements are very natural-looking, people may not realize that you received a cosmetic procedure. Instead, you are likely to look rested and rejuvenated.
Can I Combine a Lift With Other Procedures?
Depending on your desired outcome, you may want to receive a lift in connection with other cosmetic procedures. For instance, you might benefit from getting an endoscopic brow lift in addition to your facelift.
Endoscopic Brow Lift
Dr. Keller invented the endoscopic brow lift, and his sophisticated technique will allow you to recover more quickly than from a traditional brow lift. This lift can raise or lower your hairline. It can also minimize the appearance of wrinkles on your forehead. Combining this procedure with a facelift may allow you to achieve a better facial balance.
Whatever you need, we will tailor your procedure to fit your unique situation. During your initial consultation, we will analyze your face and talk about your desired outcomes. We will determine whether you could benefit from combining a lift with another aesthetic procedure.
How Can I Maintain the Benefits of My Lift?
We use a methodology called Integrative Rejuvenation to improve your appearance. This method uses a combination of procedures, minimally invasive treatments, non-invasive treatments, injections, and other techniques to enhance your skin and address the negative signs of age. As a result, we offer many treatments that can help you maintain the benefits of your lift.
FaceTite may be an ideal way to prolong the benefits of your lift. This is a minimally invasive treatment that uses radiofrequency technology to tighten your skin and give you a more youthful look. Similarly, microneedling uses a specialized device to firm your skin. Ultherapy uses ultrasound energy to lift skin on your eyebrows, neck, or under your chin.
All of these treatments preserve the rejuvenating effects of your lift and allow you to look younger for a longer period of time. Further, these are gentle techniques that have minimal downtime.
Schedule a Consultation
You don’t have to go through life with sagging, loose skin. You can address the negative effects of age and improve your look with a facelift. We believe you’ll be thrilled by how youthful you look once you achieve the full benefits of your procedure. Contact us at Keller Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills and Santa Barbara, CA for an initial consultation today.