If you’re concerned about visible signs of aging on your face, it may be time to consult with a board certified cosmetic surgeon about rhytidectomy, commonly known as facelift surgery. Dr. Sobel is a board certified surgeon in Otolaryngology and diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, and he has performed thousands of cosmetic procedures for all types of patients. Individual skin type, bone structure, age, and skin elasticity are all carefully analyzed during your complimentary consultations and Dr. Sobel will work closely with you to design a customized treatment plan that best suits your natural anatomy and desired results.
What to Expect from Facelift Surgery
On your day of surgery, you will have the choice of local anesthesia, oral relaxation medications, IV sedation, or general anesthesia at Dr. Sobel’s Washington State licensed surgical suite in Bellevue. Dr. Sobel will make incisions in as inconspicuous a location as possible to reduce visible scarring after you have healed. For women, facelift incisions are placed in the natural creases of the skin for minimal visibility and are concealed within the ear itself.
During your procedure, Dr. Sobel will reposition and tighten underlying muscle and connective tissue to restore the underlying corset that supports the face and neck. The resulting excess skin is then removed and remaining skin is tightened. After the incisions have been closed, you may be driven home the same day by a family member or friend. For our out-of-state guests, we have arrangements with hotel, nursing, and transfer services to accommodate a variety of needs and desires.
Most of our patients report very little discomfort after surgery, but medication will be prescribed to alleviate any pain. Dr. Sobel uses ample amounts of local anesthetic even while his patients are asleep for their maximal comfort upon waking. Some swelling and bruising are to be expected and may be minimized by sleeping with the head of the bed elevated and taking frequent walks. Dressings will be removed at a follow-up examination in one to two days. All sutures are removed between five to ten days following surgery.
The final result of a facelift is a firmer, younger appearance to the lower face, jawline, and neck areas. Though individual results may vary, patients report increased self-confidence in addition to the rejuvenating effects of their facelift. If you are looking for more dramatic improvement to the areas around the eyes, Dr. Sobel may recommend combining your Seattle facelift with an eyelid lift to enhance results.
Seattle cosmetic surgeon Dr. Sobel has performed hundreds of facelift surgeries. If you have been considering facelift surgery, call us today or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation.
Frequently Asked Facelift Questions
Will this surgery leave visible scars? If so, where will they be?
The incision is strategically placed so that any residual sign of the incision line behind the ear will disappear into the hairline. In front of the ear, the incision will look like a natural crease when healing is complete.
What part of the face will this surgery improve?
The areas that a facelift will improve are the neck, cheeks, jawline, and under the chin.
What payment options do you accept?
Acceptable forms of payment include: Cash, cashier’s check, or a credit card. We accept VISA, MC, American Express and Discover. FINANCING IS NOW AVAILABLE! Click here for more information on our new financing options.
Being as I smoke, will this affect healing?
Smoking will definitely affect healing time. This should be discussed with Dr. Sobel at your free consultation.
I am interested in having my eyes, face, and neck taken care of. Can this be safely done all at the same time?
Yes, we often perform these procedures at the same time. Many patients prefer it due to the added discount on cost, since a lot of overhead charges have been taken care of. They also have only one recovery time.
I have deep lines that run from the corners of my mouth down to my chin. What procedure would you recommend to get rid of these?
The lines you refer to are called “marionette” lines. When these lines first begin to form sometimes fillers such as collagen can be used to plump them out. Once the lines have become deep, it requires a facelift to improve them
How long will a facelift last?
We usually say five or more years. It really depends on the individual.
Can you help improve a “neck wattle?”
Absolutely, the neck is tightened during a facelift. It is a wonderful improvement.