Centrally located in Southampton and serving Philadelphia, Bucks, and Montgomery Counties, the Kole Plastic Surgery Center performs facelifts for patients desiring plastic surgery.
What to Expect from Your Facelift
A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure to improve visible signs of aging in the face and neck. It will reshape the lower two-thirds of the face. It can tighten the skin and the underlying slack muscles to improve cheek, jowl, and neck contour. It is one of the most popular forms of facial plastic surgery. It’s most often performed on a patient over age 40 to rejuvenate the appearance.
It’s important to approach your procedure with a realistic attitude. A facelift acts to restore your original youthful appearance. It does not stop the aging process. It is recommended for people who do not smoke.
Types of Facelift Operations
Three types of facelift procedures are in common use. Dr. Kole will recommend one of these after consulting with you about your goals for the operation.
Traditional facelifts. The traditional cosmetic operation uses incisions that begin within the hairline at the temple, extend downward at the base of the ear, come around the tragus in front of the ear canal, extend around the earlobe behind the ear, and then conclude at the hairline behind the ears. These incisions are well concealed within the hair and natural folds of the skin. Dr. Kole uses the tragus incision which minimizes scars that are visible in front of the ear. Through these incisions, the skin is elevated; the tissues are repositioned and sculpted; fat is repositioned, and the muscles are tightened back into their youthful anatomical position. Sometimes facial implants are used to add extra volume and recreate the youthful contour of the face, especially if bone loss over the years has caused weakening of the bony foundation. When the skin is re-draped, excess skin is removed, resulting in a more youthful appearance.
The short-scar facelift. This cosmetic procedure—also called a mini-facelift—repositions the skin, muscle, and soft tissues of the face that have been affected by gravity, the aging process, and loss of elastic and collagen fibers over the years. The major difference between a short-scar facelift and the traditional one is that a short-scar facelift uses a significantly smaller length of incisions. This incision uses the temple and tragus incision but stops at the earlobe. This results in eliminating the scar around the earlobe and behind the ear into the hairline. This procedure may be ideal for younger patients with early signs of aging, such as jowls or loss of volume in the cheeks, but who have not yet developed prominent wrinkles in the neck or “marionette lines” extending vertically from the corners of the mouth. Our professional, experienced plastic surgeons also perform skin tightening and facial rejuvenation procedures as well.
The mid-facelift. A mid-facelift cosmetic surgery repositions and rejuvenates the portion of the facial anatomy extending from the eyelid to the upper lip. This procedure addresses aging signs or imbalances in this area that are not readily corrected by other techniques. The mid-facelift is a new addition to the traditional one and is designed to elevate and reposition the cheek fat and restore the cheeks’ natural fullness, as well as to correct imbalances and loss of volume in the lower eyelids. This procedure produces an anti-aging effect due to the repositioning of the cheek fat. This mid-facelift will not address the jowls or the neck region.
General Guidelines for Your Pennsylvania Facelift
Although facelifts may take years off your appearance, it is important to understand what can be achieved with a resulting natural look and what professional facelift procedures cannot do. It primarily affects the lower half of the face, tightening and elevating loose and lax musculature, as well as repositioning fat and elevating skin of the folds between the nose and the mouth, the marionette lines vertically from the corners of the mouth, the jaw, and the neck. A mid-facelift also lifts the cheeks and lower eyelids. No facelift procedure corrects the signs of aging in the upper face, such as crows’ feet or forehead wrinkles. It is for this reason that a facelift is often combined with other procedures from a doctor with experience—such as a forehead lift or Botox® cosmetic injections—for total facial rejuvenation.
It’s not possible to stop or reverse aging with cosmetic procedures. What can be done is to repair some of the damage to your appearance caused by the aging process.
What Is the Cost of a Facelift in Southampton and Bucks County?
The cost for a one varies depending on the extent of operation necessary to achieve optimum results.
The Kole Plastic Surgery Center accepts cash, check, and credit card (MasterCard®, Visa®, American Express®, Discover®) as acceptable forms of payment.
Financing is also available through CareCredit®, United Medical Credit and Advanced Care.
Additional Facial Surgery Options
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A lot can be done with non-surgical treatments for lines and wrinkles, but sometimes the effects of aging require more extensive techniques. Men and women who have folds, creases and other severe signs of aging benefit from surgery. Dr. Edward S. Kole, a board certified plastic surgeon who serves men and women in Southampton, Philadelphia County, Bucks County, Montgomery County and surrounding areas of Pennsylvania, recommends facelifts in these cases. To learn more about how it may help you, contact us to schedule a consultation.