A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a procedure to restore a more youthful facial appearance by reducing the visible signs of aging. These include the loss of muscle tone, saggy skin, a double chin, deep under-eye creases, jowls, or a saggy, fatty jawline and upper neck. If you are unhappy with the look of facial aging, then a facelift could be the ideal procedure.
While a facelift 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.
Meet With Us About Facial Rejuvenation.
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 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 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 “malar fat pad” is lifted. This natural fat pad sits at the cheekbone and beneath the eyes, 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.
Why Choose Dr. Sofonio for a Facelift?
If you are considering a facelift, you likely have concerns about the procedure, your recovery, and the final result – will it look natural? Older facelift techniques left 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.
Recovery Time After a Facelift: What to Expect
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-certified 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 the hospital may be advised.
Any swelling, bruising, or numbness typically fades within one to two weeks, and many people feel well enough to return to their usual activities at that point. You will need six to eight 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.