Facelift vs. Lunchtime Lift
A facelift is designed to treat the signs of visible aging on the lower two-thirds of your face. It can be a complicated procedure that requires a highly skilled and experienced surgeon to achieve natural results. A properly performed facelift will provide years of correction for most patients. However, a poorly performed facelift can result in a noticeably wind-swept appearance that screams surgery. For these reasons, it is important to be wary of companies or surgeons that tout “lunchtime” facelifts as a quick and inexpensive way to reverse your signs of aging.
How does a facelift work?
Facial sagging can be the result of loose skin and drooping facial muscles. Placing the incisions along the hairline provides access to the underlying structures of the face to address all causes of visible aging. A proper facelift will separate the skin and fat from the muscular structures of the face and vertically lifts drooping facial muscles, holding them in place with internal sutures. Your facial contour is further enhanced by redistributing fat and trimming away the excess facial skin. The remaining tissue is draped, not pulled, to highlight your facial contours.
What Will a Facelift Treat?
A sagging facial appearance caused by weak tissue
Fine lines and wrinkles
Deep lines around the nose and mouth
Excess skin along the jawline
Don’t be fooled by quick “lunchtime” lifts
There are several companies and many surgeons that advertise quick facelifts. They usually have coined names like “lunchtime facelift” and may not be performed by board-certified plastic surgeons with experience in facial plastic surgery. During a traditional facelift, several hours can be spent in the operating room because it targets deep tissue structures and requires a more accurate draping of the skin. Unlike the traditional facelift, "lunchtime" procedures are designed to be fast and not as much time may be spent treating the underlying causes of facial aging.
Quick "lunchtime facelift" procedures are more likely to have improperly placed incisions, which may result in extensive, visible scarring. Your drooping facial muscles may not be addressed, and the surface skin may be pulled tight rather than draped. This lack of attention to detail can result in a wind-tunnel appearance and you are more likely to develop additional sagging sooner.
Benefits of a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
When undergoing any plastic surgery procedure, you should always choose a surgeon that is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Having board certification by the ABPS indicates that your surgeon has years of experience and has been well-trained in art and science of plastic surgery. The rigorous nature of the ABPS board certification process signifies that your surgeon is devoted to providing you with the safest, most reliable, and most thorough care possible.
Dr. Austin for Your Facelift
Dr. Austin is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience. His Salem practice is dedicated to providing patients with a friendly, relaxing, and safe environment to help them throughout their beauty journey. Dr. Austin has extensive experience performing quality facelifts and invites you to schedule a consultation to discuss how a facelift can improve your appearance.
If you are interesting in facelift surgery to reverse the signs of visible aging, schedule your consultation with Dr. Edwin Austin today. Contact our office at 503-561-7000 or fill out our online contact form for additional information.