What is a Facelift?

A facelift is a cosmetic surgical procedure aimed at rejuvenating the face by tightening sagging skin, reducing wrinkles, and improving overall facial appearance. A facelift in Charlotte involves the removal of excess skin, tissue, and fat, followed by repositioning and tightening of the remaining skin and muscles. Dr. Beck's goal is to help patients achieve a more youthful and refreshed facial appearance.

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When considering facial plastic surgery, you need to be fully confident in your surgeon. You are a likely candidate for this procedure if you are tired of looking in the mirror and seeing one or more of the following:

  • Sagging facial skin
  • Jowls
  • Deep creases that run from nose to corners of your mouth
  • An unsightly double chin
  • Creases extending from mouth to chin

Who is a Candidate for a Facelift?

During your consultation with Dr. Beck, he’ll determine whether you’re a good candidate for a facelift. Good facelift candidates are:

  • Healthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that impair healing
  • Nonsmokers
  • Those with a positive outlook and realistic expectations
  • Experiencing deep lines and folds
  • Experiencing skin laxity 
  • Not seeking a facelift to remedy fine lines around the eyes or mouth, hyperpigmentation, or hollow cheeks
  • Aware of different anesthesia and sedation options available for facelift surgery
  • Able to commit to Dr. Beck’s recovery instructions

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What Are the Benefits of a Facelift?

The facelift is considered the gold standard in anti-aging and skin rejuvenation surgeries. Some of the many benefits of a facelift in Charlotte include the following:

  • Reduces the signs of aging by lifting sagging skin, smoothing out wrinkles and fine lines, and tightening loose skin
  • Improves self-confidence with a more youthful appearance and enhanced self-esteem
  • Long-lasting results, with some patients experiencing the benefits for up to 10 years or more
  • Customizable procedure to meet each patient's unique needs and desired results, with options ranging from a full to a mini facelift
  • Improves facial contours by lifting and tightening the skin, creating a more defined jawline, and reducing the appearance of jowls
  • Enhances natural beauty by restoring a more youthful and refreshed appearance.
  • Improves overall quality of life
  • Dr. Beck’s modern technique produces naturally beautiful results that avoid appearing tight or pulled
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The Facelift Procedure

Every facelift at Beck Aesthetic Surgery is a custom procedure. Advances in aesthetic and surgical technology can benefit you, and modern surgical techniques are far superior to older facelift procedures that left the face looking unnaturally tight and pulled. A private consultation will reveal what procedure will produce the most attractive improvement for your individual problems. The options include:

Short Scar Facelift

Some patients do not require a full facelift; they can achieve rejuvenation with a “short scar” technique. This may be the correct surgical approach if you have mild to moderate facial sagging but do not have extreme neck sagging or laxity. The incisions are shorter, recovery time faster, and the scars are hidden and virtually invisible once recovery is complete.

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Endoscopic Facelifts

Modern technology makes it possible to avoid large incisions with the use of a tiny camera, inserted through small, well-concealed incisions. This type of facelift can dramatically improve certain aesthetic issues in the cheek area but is not considered appropriate for those who want to address sagging neck or lower face tissue and skin.

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Cheek Lift

Droopy cheeks are one of the more depressing signs of aging facial skin. As the skin loses its firm, supple quality, and stops producing collagen at the same rate, the cheeks can droop and sag, creating deep folds from the nose to the sides of the mouth, called nasolabial folds. To address this issue, it may be possible to restore a more youthful look with a cheek lift, in which incisions are made within the mouth, and are completely invisible once healed.

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Full Facelift

This procedure is often appropriate for people with significant signs of aging skin and excess sagging, drooping, creases, and lines. A full facelift will restore a more youthful look for ten to fifteen years into the future. In this procedure, an incision is made in an area that will be hidden, typically at the temples, within the hairline.

For those with a higher degree of excess sagging neck skin, another incision may be placed under the chin, where it will not be visible once healed. Through these carefully-placed incisions, lax facial muscles, tissue, skin and fat are repositioned. Excess skin, fat, and tissue will be removed and the incisions carefully closed. The SMAS layer (“superficial musculoaponeurotic system,” or deeper tissue layers in the face) may need to be adjusted to restore the facial muscular structure. This procedure is far superior to older techniques of the past, in which the skin was just tightened. Your face will appear natural, defined, and like you, as you were in the past.

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What is the recovery after a facelift?

Your recovery time will depend on the extent of the surgical corrections. Most patients feel well enough to resume their normal activities within two to three weeks. Some amount of swelling, bruising, and discomfort is to be expected after a facelift, but you should feel ready to venture out and show off your new look within four weeks. We will remain in close contact with you during your recovery to ensure your recovery is proceeding well.

What are the risks with facelift surgery?

Although complications from a facelift are very rare, it is a surgical procedure, and all surgical procedures carry risk. There may be a minimal amount of scarring, that is minimized when your procedure is performed by a highly experienced plastic surgeon. The possible side effects include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Nerve injury (this is usually temporary)
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Why Choose Dr. Beck for a Facelift in Charlotte, NC?

Dr. Joel Beck is known in the Charlotte area for his excellence in aesthetic surgery. With over two decades of experience, his artistry and technical knowledge have placed him among the best board-certified plastic surgeons practicing in North Carolina. Keenly attuned to the nuances of the face, Dr. Beck provides facial plastic surgery that meets expectations with subtlety and refinement. In addition to producing elegant, natural-looking facelift results, Dr. Beck has done extensive clinical research in microsurgery, the treatment of burns, and reconstructive surgery. Your vision for your aesthetic beauty can be realized in his qualified hands. Contact us today to learn more about a facelift in Charlotte with Dr. Beck.

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Facelift FAQ

How long will the results from a facelift last?

What is the ideal age to get a facelift?

Am I too young for a facelift?

When can I go out in public after a facelift?

How much does a facelift in Charlotte, NC cost?

What other alternatives are there to a facelift?

How long will the results from a facelift last?

Every individual responds differently to a facelift; it is difficult to say precisely how long your results will last. The factors affecting the longevity of your results include genetics, the technique used, whether you smoke or drink, your skincare regimen and the skills of your surgeon. You can generally expect your results to last around 15 years.

What is the ideal age to get a facelift?

Some factors other than age will determine whether you are a good candidate for a facelift. Typically, people in their 40s and 50s are in the ideal stage of life to undergo a facelift.

Am I too young for a facelift?

The ideal time to have a facelift may be different for each individual. Generally, facelifts are performed in the late 40s or 50s but can be performed on younger individuals when it is appropriate, particularly a mini-facelift to address the early signs of aging on the mid to lower face area.

When can I go out in public after a facelift?

Most patients feel comfortable going out in public within 10 to 14 days after their procedure. You will be able to camouflage signs of bruising with makeup, but you may still have some mild swelling. When you decide to go in public after a facelift depends on your individual rate of healing, and your own comfort in how you look. Within four weeks, you should feel ready to attend social events.

How much does a facelift in Charlotte, NC cost?

The cost of a facelift in Charlotte, NC, can range from approximately $14,000 to $18,000, this price reflects the total cost—the surgeon’s fee, the OR fee, the anesthetic fee, and everything else included in your procedure.

What other alternatives are there to a facelift?

You are unique and only a private, in-depth consultation will reveal what procedure will create the changes you envision. We offer other procedures including non-surgical dermal fillers, BOTOX, and facial fat grafting in which your own natural fat can be added to the cheeks or temples to restore volume and lift.

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