While a facelift in Palm Springs will not stop the passage of time or alter your fundamental appearance, it is the most comprehensive facial rejuvenation procedure and produces long-lasting results. Dr. Sofonio performs custom facelift surgery at his private, state-of-the-art plastic surgery clinic in Rancho Mirage.

Who's The Right Candidate for Facelift Surgery?

The ideal candidate for facelift surgery is typically an individual who:

  • Has noticeable sagging skin and loss of firmness in the lower face and neck.
  • Exhibits wrinkles, lines, and folds that haven't been effectively addressed by non-surgical treatments.
  • Is in good overall health, both physically and mentally.
  • Does not smoke or is willing to quit before the surgery, as smoking can affect healing.
  • Has realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure.
  • Understands the potential risks and is committed to following postoperative care instructions.
  • Ultimately, a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon is crucial to determine candidacy based on individual factors and desired results.
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When you meet with us for a one-on-one consultation, Dr. Sofonio will speak with you about what you hope to achieve. He will examine your face, conduct a comprehensive physical examination, review your medical history, and discuss the techniques to achieve the best results for you. Every facelift in Palm Springs is customized, as every patient is unique.

A custom facelift will reposition the underlying facial tissues and muscles, remove excess fat, and remove the excess skin causing the saggy appearance. The duration of the procedure depends on the technique used and the extent of the corrections needed.

What Goes Into The Facelift Procedure?

Dr. Sofonio begins by making discreet incisions, often along the hairline and around the ears, to access the underlying facial tissues. The specific technique may vary based on the patient's needs and the surgeon's approach. The surgeon then carefully lifts and repositions the skin, tightening the underlying muscles and removing excess tissue. In some cases, fat may be redistributed or removed to enhance facial contours. Once the desired adjustments are made, the skin is redraped, and the incisions are meticulously closed with sutures or other techniques. The result is a smoother, firmer appearance, addressing sagging skin and wrinkles for a more youthful look.

Facelift procedures are typically performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation, ensuring the patient's comfort throughout the surgery. The duration of the procedure varies, generally taking several hours, and patients can expect some swelling and bruising during the initial recovery period. Following the surgery, diligent adherence to postoperative care instructions helps optimize healing and ensures the longevity of the facelift's transformative effects.

What is a Mid-Face Suspension Facelift?

The mid-facelift technique is just one of the advanced treatments for facial rejuvenation performed by Dr. Sofonio. This groundbreaking advance in anti-aging achieves a very refreshed and natural look. In this procedure, the “Nasolabial Fold “is lifted. This natural fat pad sits between the mouth and cheek, and lifting it restores youthful fullness to your face.

A mid-face suspension lift works to restore natural volume to your cheeks, smooth away deeply-etched smile lines (nasolabial folds), and lift sagging mouth corners that can give you a perpetual frown. A minimally invasive procedure, this approach restores sagging tissues to a more youthful position, providing a lovely, natural lifting effect.

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Why Choose Dr. Sofonio for a Facelift in Palm Springs?

If you are considering a facelift in Palm Desert, you likely have concerns about the procedure, your recovery, and the final result – will it look natural? Dr. Sofonio’s procedure employs muscle tightening and skin movement. Older facelift techniques which utilize the skin only tend to leave the patient looking “worked on” with an obvious, overly-tight look. Dr. Sofonio is committed to achieving the most natural outcome and uses advanced techniques to create a very refreshed appearance, not overly tight or obvious.

His meticulous surgical techniques and artistry have led to a reputation as being among the most talented plastic surgeons in the region. Beyond his advanced techniques and beautiful results, he is a caring, compassionate individual who is dedicated to his patients, providing them with an uncommon level of personalized care throughout every phase of the process.

What Are The Results of Facelift Surgery?

Facelift surgery, or rhytidectomy, offers transformative facial rejuvenation by lifting and tightening sagging skin in the lower face and neck. The procedure results in a smoother, firmer appearance, reduced wrinkles, and improved jawline definition, providing a more youthful and refreshed look. While initial recovery involves temporary swelling and bruising, the enduring results contribute to increased self-confidence and a revitalized facial aesthetic. Consulting with a qualified plastic surgeon is crucial for personalized recommendations and expectations.

What Is The Recovery Time After A Facelift?

The recovery time after facelift surgery can vary, based on the extent of the procedure, as well as the overall health and age of the individual. In many cases, the procedure is performed in our private, fully-accredited  private clinic, and once completed, the patient can return home to rest and heal under the care of another adult. For some patients, an overnight stay in a advanced care setting may be advised.

Any swelling, bruising, or numbness typically fades within two weeks, and many people feel well enough to return to their usual activities at that point. You will need two to six weeks to recover completely, and if you are planning on attending a special event, reunion, or another event where you want to look your best, plan your facelift about two months before the event.

Facelift FAQs:

Can I combine a facelift with other procedures?

Yes, facelifts can be combined with procedures like eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), brow lift, or neck lift for a more comprehensive facial rejuvenation.

Will I have visible scars after a facelift?

Scarring is a natural part of surgery, but plastic surgeons aim to minimize and conceal incisions, typically placing them in the hairline and natural creases.

How long is the recovery period after a facelift?

Recovery times vary but can take several weeks, with initial swelling and bruising gradually subsiding.

Is a facelift covered by insurance?

Facelifts are typically considered elective cosmetic procedures and are not covered by insurance.

How long do the results of a facelift last?

Results can be long-lasting, but facial aging continues over time. Proper skincare and sun protection can help maintain results.

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