A face lift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure for rejuvenation of the face and neck, and is performed to restore a youthful appearance. Over time, characteristic changes occur to our facial anatomy. The soft tissue over the cheek bones can descend, creating a slight hollow area under the lower eyelids which can produce an overall gaunt appearance. A face lift can also address laxity in the neck, which is excessive or drooping skin in the neck area.
Whether you are experiencing loose skin, drooping soft tissue, and lax facial muscles due to aging or significant weight loss, Dr. Shuster will address your individual anatomy to achieve natural results.
Faces, like our patients, are unique. There isn't a universal face lift procedure that works for everyone, so Dr. Shuster studies his patient’s facial anatomy to address specific concerns. This individualized approach and meticulous attention to detail allows Dr. Shuster to tailor the procedure specifically for you and rejuvenate your features in the most natural way.
Dr. Shuster performs the following types of face lifts:
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As one portion of the face changes, there are typically other areas that are affected as well. In fact, the upper face usually shows signs of aging before the lower face. Changes in the upper face can affect the lower eyelids, the upper eyelids, and descent of the forehead and eyebrows. It is particularly the descent of the brows which creates a tired appearance. Dr. Shuster often performs a brow lift or eyelid surgery to restore these areas at the same time as a face lift to maintain a harmonious facial appearance.
Recovery following facial surgery varies from patient to patient and also depends upon the extent of the procedure. As with any surgery, there is always swelling, and often some bruising, that develops. Bruises usually resolve in 7 to 10 days and much of the swelling subsides within the first 2 weeks though it may take several months for all of the swelling to dissipate. The surgery is not particularly uncomfortable. Most patients will spend the first week following surgery resting. During the second week, patients will start to resume some light activities. During the third week, patients often resume work and begin to go out socially. Exercise can be resumed 4 to 6 weeks following surgery.
While there is always swelling that develops following a face lift, some of the benefits of the procedure can be seen right away. As the swelling subsides, the results become more apparent. The jaw line and neck are restored and a youthful fullness is returned to the face. Patients often describe their new appearance not just as younger, but also as more refreshed. While a face lift does not stop the clock, it can turn back the hands of time. Whether a patient chooses to have a second face lift depends in great part on their individual characteristics. A face lift typically lasts at least 8 to 10 years.
Dr. Shuster and his staff are committed to his patients care and well being. Following each face lift procedure, Dr. Shuster sees his patients on a regular basis and continues to follow their progress for an extended period. The staff is also available to patients for any future needs they may have in Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and throughout South Florida. For more information on face lift surgery, please contact us.