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Facelift in Scottsdale and Phoenix, AZ

The natural effects of aging create a loss of facial volume, which causes lines and wrinkles to deepen and skin to appear drooping. Depending on factors such as sun exposure, genetics, weight loss or gain, and smoking, some people will show these signs sooner than others. For those who are seeing dramatic signs of aging and who want to restore their youth and vitality, a facelift can turn back the clock by 10 or 15 years. If  you are considering a facelift, it is important to choose the right plastic surgeon to meet your goals.  Dr. Jonathan Weinrach is a board-certified plastic surgeon who offers facelifts in the Scottsdale & Phoenix, AZ areas. Patients love Dr. Weinrach for his compassionate approach to patient care and his commitment to safe, effective procedures.

To learn more about what a facelift can do for you, call Weinrach Plastic Surgery today for your consultation!

What is a Facelift (Rhytidectomy)?

A full facelift will tighten muscles, reduce excess sagging skin, and reposition underlying tissues so your results last well into the future. It is common for a facelift to target the mid to lower face and address the areas around the mouth and jowls. Brow lift and eyelid surgery can be added to provide full facial rejuvenation. When he performs a facelift, Dr. Weinrach uses a SMAS technique. Tightening the SMAS layer, which is a deeper layer under the skin, provides lift and fullness to the face without placing too much tension on the skin. This allows for much better scars and more natural appearing results compared to a skin only facelift. During your consultation, Jonathan C. Weinrach, MD FACS will perform a physical examination and learn more about your goals for a facelift to decide which technique will meet your expectations.

What Signs of Aging Can a Facelift Improve?

A facelift is a comprehensive plastic surgery procedure designed to address advanced signs of aging such as sagging skin, deep folds and wrinkles, loss of volume in the cheeks, jowls, and excess fat deposits. Though a facelift should not change the fundamentals of your appearance, its noticeable results leave you looking younger, more vibrant, and more awake. A facelift by itself can significantly improve your facial aesthetics, but many patients also opt to complement their results with dermal fillers, laser resurfacing, chemical peels, or other procedures to improve the texture and brightness of their skin.

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Ideal Candidates for Facelifts

Jonathan C. Weinrach, MD FACS finds that most patients who come to him for facelifts are in their 50s or 60s and are showing dramatic signs of aging. For younger patients who are just starting to see the formation of lines or a loss of tissue volume, Dr. Weinrach suggests dermal fillers, microdermabrasion, or nonsurgical treatments to address their concerns. These other procedures can often produce the results they desire and prolong the need for a facelift for years.

Especially good candidates for facelifts are non-smokers who are in good health and who are at or near their goal weight, as significant weight gain or loss can alter the results of a facelift. Candidates should not be on any medications or have disorders that affect their ability to heal. Dr. Weinrach also ensures that his patients have realistic goals for the results of their procedure and that they are prepared to rest and care for themselves during the healing process.

What is the Facelift Surgical Procedure?

Dr. Weinrach performs his facelift procedures at accredited surgery centers in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Some can be done on an outpatient basis, and some require an overnight stay. Patients will arrive at the center and can expect to spend five to six hours there if not staying overnight. They should have a friend or family member to drive them home and look after them for the first day or two after surgery. After arrival, the patient will be given the proper anesthesia to keep them comfortable during the procedure. An incision will then be made around the hairline, and Dr. Weinrach will manipulate underlying tissues, remove fat deposits and excess skin, and reattach tissues as necessary. This incision will fade over time. Jonathan C. Weinrach, MD FACS places the incision in an area where it can be easily hidden by the patient’s natural hairline. Once the incision is closed, and the patient has recovered from anesthesia, he or she is discharged and may go home to recover.

Preparing for a Facelift

Once a patient has scheduled a facelift, Dr. Weinrach will advise if any medical evaluations or lab testing are needed before the procedure. He will also advise if any medications or supplements should be discontinued before surgery. Smokers are poor candidates for facelift surgery. Smoking and all nicotine products will have to be discontinued for at least two weeks before facelift surgery.  Alcohol should be discontinued for a week before surgery. He will also go through a pre-surgery checklist to make sure his patients are fully prepared for their procedure. It is vital that all facelift patients have a friend or family member available to drive them home after surgery and help care for them for the first few days after surgery.

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Recovery from a Facelift

Patients will be discharged from their facelift surgery with a bandage around the treatment site and may have tubes to assist with swelling and inflammation. For the next few days, swelling and bruising can be easily managed with medications and should fade within the first few weeks. Jonathan C. Weinrach, MD FACS advises most facelift patients to take at least a week off of work and to avoid any strenuous activity for the first few weeks after surgery. Most of his patients can resume their normal schedule a week or two after surgery, but full healing can take a month or more. During this time, the results of the will slowly become visible as inflammation subsides.

Choosing the Right Plastic Surgeon for Your Facelift

Look for a board-certified plastic surgeon when choosing a doctor to perform a facelift. Jonathan C. Weinrach, MD FACS has expertise in performing safe, effective facelift procedures that meet the aesthetic goals of his patients. When he consults with his patients, he will find out what they would like to gain from a facelift so he can determine if it is the right procedure for them. He will also fully explain the procedure, so his patients understand how to prepare for and recover from the surgery. His patients’ safety and satisfaction are his top priorities.

If you’re ready to address the signs of aging and regain your youthful appearance with a facelift in Scottsdale or Phoenix, contact Dr. Weinrach today for a consultation.