Facelifts are among the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed today, and for good reason – when performed well, they can turn back the clock, allowing patients to look years younger. Dr. Rodwell at Charleston Facial Plastic Surgery has extensive experience providing patients with natural-looking facelifts and revision facelifts to correct a previous unsatisfactory result.
Do you want to learn more about the facelift/revision facelift process? If so, please keep reading. Or, if you are ready to schedule a consultation, you can contact the professional staff at Charleston Facial Plastic Surgery in Charleston, SC by calling (843) 628-1415 today!
About the Facelift Procedure
Dr. Rodwell is one of only a few surgeons in the region who offers a deep plane facelift for his patients. This technique has been proven to provide natural, long-lasting results, and remains a beneficial option for patients who require a facelift. Dr. Rodwell is also trained in a variety of SMAS facelift techniques and uses these to customize a procedure that is the most appropriate choice for each patient.
A facelift involves more than just tightening the skin. The tissue of the face must be contoured, too in a way that considers aesthetics and function. For this reason, it is important to choose an expert surgeon for your procedure.
A facelift procedure also provides an improvement to the neck, and for most patients, actually includes a neck lift to improve the cheek, jowl area, and neck – all at the same time. Many patients also choose to have other surgeries performed at the same time as a facelift, such as a chin implant to further improve the jawline, or eyelid surgery or a brow lift to simultaneously address signs of aging on the upper portion of the face. Depending on the individual patient and their needs, Dr. Rodwell might also recommend injectables, including Botox or dermal fillers, after a facelift in order to smooth residual fine lines.
Why Consider a Facelift/Revision Facelift?
While every patient is different and pursues a facelift or revision facelift procedure for their own wants and needs, there are common benefits to both surgeries, including the following:
When successfully performed by a trained and educated professional, a facelift can:
- Tighten the lower two-thirds of the face, including the jowls and jawline
- Smooth deep wrinkles
- Correct “sunken” cheeks
- Improve loose skin and muscle bands in the neck
When successfully performed by a trained and educated professional, a revision facelift can:
- Correct the effects of an unsatisfactory facelift
- Improve unsightly scars
- Provide a more natural appearance
Dr. Rodwell’s Approach to Facelift/Revision Facelift Surgery
Besides deep plane facelifts, Dr. Rodwell is trained and experienced in several other variations of SMAS-based facelifts, including limited incision facelift techniques. As a result, he can tailor the procedure to the specific needs of each patient. Generally, a facelift involves the removal of excess tissue, after which the tissue is re-draped for a tighter, but natural look.
SMAS refers to the layer of tissue between the skin and the functional structures of the face. Ultimately, manipulating this layer provides support to the areas that have aged over the years while also ensuring the skin doesn’t look overly-pulled. Incisions can often be placed in the hairline or discretely around the ears.
Before surgery, all patients will have a consultation with Dr. Rodwell. During this consultation, Dr. Rodwell, will listen to your concerns and will provide his recommendations for your surgery. He will tell you which customized technique he would like to use to provide you with the best result. Most patients considering a facelift or neck lift benefit greatly from other procedures, such as a brow lift or eyelid surgery to provide improvement to all areas of the face, resulting in a more natural result.
What to Expect After a Facelift/Revision Facelift
Most patients take two weeks off from work to recover from a facelift. Bruising, swelling, and tenderness should be improved by this time, although there may be some residual effects for a few more weeks. Sleeping with your head elevated will reduce swelling, and you can take pain medication to manage any mild discomfort.
Dr. Rodwell will monitor your progress, and he will remove any external sutures during one of your follow-up examinations. Facelifts take a few months to fully settle, but you will look younger right away.
Though other offices may provide “before and after” images of successful surgeries, out of a profound respect for the privacy of our patients at Charleston Facial Plastic Surgery in Charleston, SC, we do not publish a full gallery of these types of patient photographs on the Internet. Representative photographs from actual patients are available for review in the office during your consultation with Dr. Rodwell.
Dr. Rodwell is not only a masterful surgeon, but an artist. After a full face lift nobody could tell I had had “work” but everyone commented on the fact that I looked refreshed and that my skin looked fantastic. For the few I told, the comments were that it was the best they had ever seen.
– Sharon T., Charleston, SC
Facelift/Revision Facelift Frequently Asked Questions
Below, you will find a list of frequently asked questions regarding facelift/revision facelift procedures that are commonly asked by potential patients.
If you do not see your specific question, or still have concerns regarding the facelift/revision facelift procedure, contact the professional staff at Charleston Facial Plastic Surgery in Charleston, SC by calling (843) 628-1415 today!
A facelift can lift sagging jowls, smooth deep wrinkles, correct “sunken” cheeks, improve loose skin and muscle bands in the neck. Specifically, the procedure can eliminate the following undesired elements of the aging process:
- Relaxation of the skin (which ultimately leads to sagging)
- Fold lines between the nose and around the mouth
- Fat that has fallen throughout the face
- Loose skin and excess fat around the neck (for example, the infamous “double chin”)
Interestingly enough, a facelift can also assist with damage caused from the sun, smoking, stress, and weight loss.
Incisions are made discreetly in the hairline or around the ears, and the layer of tissue between the skin and facial structure is supported for a smoother look.
Anesthesia will be administered during the procedure, so the patient will not feel pain during surgery. During the recovery, pain medication will be prescribed to minimize any discomfort. Most patients have very minimal discomfort.
If performed by a skilled and experienced surgeon, results can last 7-10 years or more. Over time, the aging process will continue.
As most individuals are already aware, the aging process is not something that can be stopped. Luckily, there are options readily available to help counterbalance the negative effects of getting older. Due to the fact that each and every patient is different, only the individual can rightfully determine when it is the best time to pursue a facelift/revision facelift. However, generally speaking, individuals who do wish to pursue a facelift/revision facelift procedure should be mentally, physically, emotionally, and financially stable. Further, most individuals wait until they are a bit older to pursue surgery when the effects of the aging process are more prominent, which typically begins in the early 50s.
Both facelift/revision facelift procedures are considered to be routine and safe. As with any type of major surgery, there is some risk involved. Yet, when the surgery is performed by a trained, skilled, and educated surgeon, these risks are even less likely to take place. Dr. Rodwell performs facelift surgery in a fully accredited outpatient surgery center with a physician Anesthesiologist.
Most facelift/revision facelift procedures take just a few hours to perform. However, the exact time of the surgery can change depending on each specific service that is requested. During your initial consultation with your doctor, you can discuss surgery time for the facelift/revision facelift and receive a better estimate as to how long the process will take.
Because each individual’s tolerance for pain is different, each patient will experience a different feeling following their facelift/revision facelift. Remember, it is imperative to listen to the doctor’s instructions both pre-and post-surgery, as doing so will result in an overall smoother process. Your doctor can also prescribe medication for any type of discomfort you may feel.
During your consultation, you will receive a more detailed estimate of the overall price of your facelift/revision facelift.
The results of the facelift/revision facelift will stay with you, but the aging process can still not be stopped. However, you will appear younger than you did prior to your facelift/revision facelift.
For years, Dr. Rodwell has been delivering exceptional results to his patients, from facelifts / revision facelifts to eyelid surgeries, brow lifts, rhinoplasties, and more! Take a look at what others are saying about his services:
“Amazing experience! Dr. Rodwell is truly a top-notch and extremely talented surgeon. He really possesses all of the traits that one hopes to find in their doctor….knowledge, meticulousness, wonderful bedside manner, thoroughness, kind, never rushed, calming demeanor. I am so happy I found him. He performed a facelift/neck lift, browlift, and a lower eyelid skin pinch. I felt my recovery was a breeze. I had surgery on a Wednesday. By Saturday, I was out and about in public w no makeup and, honestly, I dont think anybody was the wiser.” – Satisfied Patient
“My experience with Dr. Rodwell and his staff has been wonderful. I love the private and peaceful atmosphere of the office. It is nice to have privacy, which you do not find in most plastic surgeon’s offices. When I was there, I felt like I was in a luxury, downtown home, rather than a doctor’s office. The entire staff was kind, welcoming, and caring, always concerned about my overall comfort. Dr. Rodwell is laid back, easy going, and humble. I would highly recommend him. His attention to detail is exceptional.” – Satisfied Patient
Are you ready to schedule your facelift / revision facelift consultation? You can contact the professional staff at Charleston Facial Plastic Surgery in Charleston, SC today by calling (843) 628-1415.