Facelift / Brow Lift / Neck Lift
Facial Cosmetic Surgery in Colorado Springs, CO
As you age, changes to your face and neck are inevitable. Your skin loses laxity and begins to sag. You lose volume in your face. A talented plastic surgeon like Dr. James Banich can address these changes to provide a more youthful and rested appearance. Most of our patients do not want to look like someone else; they simply want to bring back the best versions of themselves.
While injectables, lasers, and peels can address earlier signs of aging, cosmetic surgery may be necessary to achieve more noticeable improvement. Most patients begin to consider facial cosmetic surgery in their 40s and 50s, while others may not do so until later.
There are a variety of surgical options that you can discuss with Dr. Banich. His goal is to educate his patients and achieve a natural result that is lasting and beautiful.
If you are interested in a facelift, brow lift, or neck lift (lower facelift), call Vanguard Skin Specialists today at (719) 355-3861 for a consultation with Dr. Banich in Colorado Springs or you can request one online.
A facelift (rhytidectomy) can improve overall signs of aging in your face, including sagging, deep lines, hanging jowls, loose skin, and double chin. A facelift tightens the muscles in the face and neck, and it also removes excess skin.
Dr. Banich does not believe in simply tightening the skin, which can leave a stretched appearance to the face. The goal is to provide a more toned appearance that is natural and subtle, while removing years from your appearance.
A neck lift is generally included with a facelift so that your overall appearance is consistent.
Over time, your natural brow position droops (called brow ptosis). When combined with sagging eyelids, this can cause a sleepy or angry appearance. You may be compensating for this by raising your eyebrows in a higher position.
To determine whether your eyebrows are lower than desired, look in a mirror and completely relax your forehead and eyelids. When completely relaxed, this will show you the natural position of your brows.
A brow lift, also referred to as a forehead lift, raises the brows and can also relax the wrinkles above your forehead. Many patients opt to combine a browlift with upper eyelid surgery if the eyelids are also drooping. This combination surgery can provide a dramatic result.
Brow lift surgery can be performed in different ways, and Dr. Banich can discuss with you what is most appropriate. It will depend on factors like your hairline and forehead size, as well as your desired outcome.
A neck lift (lower rhytidectomy) addresses the area around the jawline and neck. It can remove the skin and fat that creates the appearance of a double chin, tighten loose skin on the neck, and improve muscle banding in the neck to get rid of unnatural contours.
Some patients opt for a neck lift because their upper face may not have significant signs of aging, but they want to get rid of a double chin or excessing wrinkling at the neck. A neck lift can be combined with other procedures like a brow lift.
Recovery may differ based upon the type of lift surgery you have. Each person and circumstance is different, so the following recovery details are a guideline and may not be what the doctor recommends.
Most patients can resume normal activity in about 10 days, although you should avoid lifting heavy objects and vigorous exercise. Brow and forehead lift surgery patients will have swelling and bruising following their procedure. This bruising and swelling may occur on areas of the face that were not operated on.
Some patients may have temporary staples or screws that hold the elevated brow in place. These will be removed in about 2 weeks. The forehead may be taped or bandaged to reduce any inflammation and bruising that may develop. Small tubes may be placed under the skin temporarily to collect any excess fluid or blood that may accumulate. Patients may experience itching, numbness, or tingling at the incision site(s). This should dwindle over time.
You will receive specific information regarding:
- How to treat incisions and drains
- Any medications that should be taken and how to take them safely
- Anything that you would need to look for or be concerned about at the site of the incision or for overall well-being
- When to schedule any follow-up appointments
Dr. Banich will also be available to answer any questions regarding specific recovery questions you might have.
You should look for a surgeon who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and who has completed an accredited medical school program and residency in plastic surgery.
Dr. Banich respects the privacy of his patients, so he does not post a before/after photo gallery online. He understands, however, that photos are an important part of the decision-making process. Dr. Banich is happy to provide photos (with patient consent and identity disguised) during your consultation.