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Dr. Pooya Mozaffary is one of the leading international experts in facial plastic surgery and facelift procedures. His Fellowship-trained expertise in oculofacial plastic surgery has made him one of the most sought-after physicians in the country, especially for facelift and facial rejuvenation procedures.

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Modern vs Old Style Face Lifts

Anyone who has seen an old style or botched face lift has reason to be concerned.  We have all seen celebrities with skin stretched tight as a drum with an unnatural look.  We will not let this happen to you!

A face lift used to involve tightening primarily the outer skin which leads to a very unnatural look. Current techniques use hidden micro incisions and tightening of the underlying muscles to achieve a natural look.

Dr Pooya is able to turn back the clock 5 to 15 years using modern face lift techniques without any indication that work has been done.  Shortly after surgery we expect your close friends and associates exclaim, “You look so well rested – just marvelous.

Dr Pooya has also developed a pre- and post-surgery program of supplements and diet that dramatically speed the healing process after your face lift.

Cosmetic Face Lift

Dr Pooya also offers a non-surgical solution called “Liquid Face Lift" .  The procedure is relatively inexpensive with little downtime.  Come in for a free consultation so Dr Pooya can help determine the best approach for you and answer your questions.

Even our surgical patients will receive a variety of non-surgical procedures to give you the best results possible.

Plastic Surgery Facelift

 

Facelift surgery, or a rhytidectomy, is designed to restore a more youthful appearance by removing major wrinkles and sagging skin. It involves tightening of the facial and neck muscles as well as the removal of any excess skin.

The skin begins to wrinkle and sag as a result of age, sun exposure and genetics. Children and young adults have smooth, round faces due to evenly distributed fatty tissues in facial contours. Over time, the skin sags and folds are the chin, jawline and neck become prominent. Not only does a facelift improve facial appearance but also has a dramatic effect on the neck, enhancing its contour and profile.

A facelift can make a patient look 5 to 10 years younger.

Dramatic as the end results are, this is not a simple procedure. It requires a week to 10 days of recovery.

 

Before Surgery

Dr Pooya will evaluate your medical history in order to determine your overall health prior to a face lift procedure.

Dr Pooya will discuss with you how your face can look and what you can expect from surgery. Our objective is to create a natural appearance that is pleasing to you. Before and After photographs will reveal what the surgery has accomplished.

Preoperative Instructions: Avoid drugs that contain aspirin several weeks prior to surgery to minimize excess bleeding. You may be required to take antibiotics to prevent infection. You may be instructed to shampoo your hair the night before surgery.

The Facelift Procedure

 

A facelift is frequently includes blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), forehead lift, chin augmentation, and/or liposuction, to create an overall rejuvenation of the face.

Facelifts are performed in an outpatient accredited surgical center. Local anesthesia with intravenous sedation is most commonly used, with premedication to help you relax. General anesthesia is generally not required but can be used if desired.

Dr Pooya will make incisions inside the hairline at the temple, in front of the ear, then around the earlobe and behind the ear, ending at the scalp area. Excess skin is removed and sagging muscles and connective tissues are tightened. In some cases, fatty deposits are removed from beneath the chin and neck. Incisions are closed with small sutures.

The procedure may take up to 5 hours depending on whether any other procedures are performed at the same time.  Dr Pooya may recommend non-surgical procedures to compliment the face life and give you the best, most natural results possible.

 

Post Operative Care for Face Lift

It is necessary to have someone drive you home and stay with you for the first 24 hours. Initially you will have a large dressing wrapped around your head. Stitches around the ears will be loosened or removed in a few days.

To minimize scarring, Dr Pooya may remove the sutures in stages. Scarring fades quickly. Swelling and discoloration decrease within 7 to 14 days. Tightness in your face will be present for several weeks and there may be slight changes in your hair pattern around the incision.

We recommend that you avoid the sun for several weeks after surgery.

Complications following facelift are rare. These include bleeding, infection, loss of skin behind the ears, facial nerve injury, discoloration of the skin, numbness, asymmetry and scarring. Infection is rare due to the large blood supply to the face. As mentioned, the risk of bleeding is greater if you take aspirin or blood thinners within 2 weeks of the surgery. The risk of wound complications increases in diabetics, persons with a history of radiation, autoimmune and collagen disease as well as in smokers.

By following pre- and post-operative instructions, you will minimize potential problems.

Recovery: What to Expect after a Face Lift

In the weeks following surgery, the facial skin and area around the ear may be numb. There may also be some temporary discoloration as healing begins, which may take a few months to disappear. Occasionally, the facial nerve is bruised during surgery, resulting in temporary loss of function or sensation. However, actual permanent damage to the facial nerve is rare.

The healing process is gradual, so you will not notice final results for up to 6 months. A single procedure often achieves the desired results.