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Dr. Otto Placik
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Facelift (Definition)

A facelift is a procedure that lifts and repositions the lower facial skin and soft tissue. This rejuvenates the jawline and neckline, in many cases, resulting in a more youthful appearance.

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What is latest age for good results from first facelift? Is it worth the risk then?

What is latest age for good results from first facelift? Is it worth the risk then?

None: Overall health and personal expectations are better indicators than age alone. There seems to be a greater trend toward having facelifts earlier in life than waiting until you are older. Depending on the the particular aging problems, it may be reasonable to address these with less risky types of facelift that provide dramatic results nonetheless. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Schaffner
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How severe is the pain of a facelift?

Should be mild: Your facial plastic surgeon can give you details on what to expect, but the discomfort is usually mild and relatively short lived. Severe pain, especially if associated with swelling, after facelift may be sign of a serious problem and you should report this to your surgeon asap. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Press Dr. Press
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Beauty (Tip)

Beauty

The best facelift is one that cannot be recognized as such. Less is more! ...See more

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How often can I have facelift?

Facelift Frequency: Depends on the depth and extent of the original facelift. Simpler procedures may only provide 5-10 yrs of rejuvenation while a more extensive deep plane facelift can produce results that will last 15yrs. ...Read more

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Can I have facelift at 60 with a full recovery?

Of course: Then you will look like a 60 year old person who had her face stretched. Except you will be out about $10,000. Some people really benefit. Be sure you really need it. ...Read more

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Beauty

The most inexpensive safest & best natural facelift in the world remains the smile! ...See more

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Can I get a facelift under local, or do they have to put me out?

Yes - By An Expert: There is a growing number of surgeons learning the appropriate method for performing facelift surgery under local anesthesia only. Surgeons in our practice have performed over 4000 facelifts using only local anesthesia. When done properly, this type of procedure can address all of the critical areas necessary to achieve the same lift possible with general anesthesia (smas, platysma, skin). ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from a facelift?

How long does it take to recover from a facelift?

About 1 Week: Most will notice a 2-3 day period of swelling and possible bruising. This is usually gone to the point where most observers would not see the "obvious" signs of having had surgery. Pain is mild and usually patients can take plain tylenol by the 2nd or 3rd day. Many md's will recommend that you wear a "wrap" garment for several days after the procedure. Most of my patients are back to work at 1 wk. ...Read more

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Aging gracefully (Tip)

Aging gracefully

Keep eyebrows full, yet groomed. A neat brow line is almost like a facelift. ...See more

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Is there good alternative to facelift at 40?

Is there good alternative to facelift at 40?

Yes!: It all depends what you are concerned about. "minilifts" or short scar lifts may be good options for younger patients. Laser skin rejuvenation may be a good option too. Injectable fillers and Botox are good complementary treatments to consider. You should consult with an experienced facial surgeon to see what's right for you. ...Read more

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