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How Safe Is A Facelift?

By: Dr. Christopher Khorsandi


For most men and women, the earliest signs of aging appear on the face. For some, this can happen earlier than others, but the majority of people begin to notice fine lines and wrinkles associated with aging starting in their 30s and 40s. In today’s world of endless photos and filtered selfies, more and more people are looking for ways to address and correct the hallmarks and facial aging. Perhaps no cosmetic procedure is more popular or effective for this purpose than the facelift, and it is easy to understand why. With the ability to produce dramatic and long-term results that can make a patient appear up to ten years younger, it is no surprise that the facelift continues to be one of the most in-demand procedures year after year.

Dr. Christopher Khorsandi, board-certified plastic surgeon and Chief of Plastic Surgery at VIP Plastic Surgery, is proud to offer the facelift procedure for Las Vegas men and women who are looking to enhance their appearance and turn back the clock on aging. Time and time again, Dr. Khorsandi has performed facelift procedures for satisfied patients with stunning outcomes.

What is a facelift?

The facelift is a surgical procedure designed to smooth and enhance a person’s face by tightening the skin and underlying muscles and tissues as well as removing excess, sagging skin. There are a few different methods commonly used during a facelift, including the SMAS and deep plane facelifts, and it ultimately depends on your anatomy, your surgeon’s preference, and other factors as to which technique may be used.

During your initial one-on-one consultation at the beautiful VIP Plastic Surgery facility, Dr. Khorsandi will carefully evaluate your face and determine how a facelift, and/or an associated procedure, may help you best achieve your goals. Some beneficial variations of the facelift procedure include:

  • Lower facelift: An isolated lift designed to address features of the lower face, including sagging jowls and excess skin under the neck (double chin)
  • Mid facelift: A procedure that focuses on complaints associated with the mid-face, including lost volume in the cheeks
  • Brow lift: A surgery during which the brow is lifted and tightened, helping to correct a tired and/or angry look

What is the best age for a facelift?

There is no right or wrong age for a facelift. Many patients ask if having a facelift at 40 is too early, and the answer is no, not necessarily. The decision to have a facelift is a personal one, but the knowledgeable and caring team at VIP Plastic Surgery will help guide you through the process of determining if, and when, the procedure may be appropriate for you. Candidates for a facelift should be in good overall health, be non-smokers, and have enough skin elasticity to result in a desirable outcome.

What are the risks of a facelift?

When making the decision to have surgery, it is only natural to wonder about the safety of the procedure. The facelift is one of the most commonly performed procedures in the nation year after year, and it is widely accepted as being a safe and effective surgical technique for enhancing a patient’s appearance and addressing the signs of aging. To ensure the best possible outcome and highest level of safety, it is important that you select a qualified, certified, and reputable plastic surgeon and facility for your facelift. However, as with any surgical procedure, there is a small level of risk associated with having a facelift. Some of the most common risks with a facelift procedure include:

  • Prolonged swelling and bruising
  • Infection
  • Hematoma
  • Delayed healing
  • Undesirable appearance of scars
  • Facial nerve weakness or numbness (usually temporary)

To minimize your risks during and after surgery, it is important to follow your surgeon’s preoperative and postoperative instructions carefully. This includes getting plenty of rest, taking prescribed medications, staying nourished and hydrated, and avoiding sun exposure and certain topical agents. In general, most facelift patients enjoy an uneventful procedure and recovery that leads to a beautiful outcome.

Are the results of a facelift permanent?

Unlike some of the noninvasive treatments on the market, a surgical facelift is able to give patients dramatic and long-lasting results. Facelift patients can expect to enjoy their new look for many years to come, but it is important to remember that the aging process will still take place. To enhance and prolong your facelift results, it may be recommended that you use injectable agents, such as dermal fillers and BOTOX, during and after your procedure.

How do I get started with a Las Vegas facelift?

The first step in determining whether a facelift is right for you is to be evaluated by a highly experienced plastic surgeon. Call VIP Plastic Surgery in Las Vegas, NV to schedule your consultation with Dr. Christopher Khorsandi today, and learn more about how you can safely and effectively turn back the clock on aging with a facelift.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.