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Facelift Surgery (Full, Mini, Mid, and Lower Rhytidectomy) – Atlanta, GA

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About Facelift Surgery

Fellowship-trained and double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Marisa Lawrence performs a full variety of facial surgical treatments in Atlanta, GA. One of the most sought out surgeries at Marisa Lawrence Plastic Surgery is a facelift. This surgery concentrates on distinct sections of the face to tighten loose skin features to create a more taut, yet softer appearance. Depending on your concerns and goals for surgery, a facelift can focus on the lines and wrinkles near the eyes, the cheeks and mid-face, the bottom two-thirds, including the jowls, mouth, neck, and more for an all-encompassing youthful look. The facelift technique used depends on your goals, the condition of your skin, the amount of laxity present, your lifestyle, age, and anatomy. Some men and women are of age and have skin laxity for a full facelift while others may only be ready for a mid-face lift. Dr. Lawrence is a highly trained and experienced surgeon who has a complete understanding of the complexity and delicate anatomy of a facelift surgery. The overall goal is to create a natural look that's gorgeous, subtle, and still striking.

Ideal Candidates

Men and women who are suitable for a facelift are bothered by drooping skin, lines, and wrinkles on the face, whether it be on the entire face or on the upper, mid, or lower face. Facelift surgery can address one or more areas, depending on your unique goals and desired outcome. It is important to understand that age does not necessarily define the time in life to have a facelift. There are so many aspects and factors, and also numerous lift techniques, depending on the cosmetic concerns of the patient. The lifting technique chosen will vary for patients who are between 30 and 40 years old versus those who are older, such as 60 or 70 years old. The condition of your skin is one of the most important elements in the planning process. Facelift patients should be in good physical health and refrain from smoking, and also have realistic expectations.

Surgical Technique

No matter the issue you wish to correct, there are various levels of facelifts to think about. Some facelifts address the upper portion of the face while others focus on the middle and lower. In addition, some methods are slightly more invasive and intricate than others. It is also common for some patients to have an eyelid lift, brow lift, or fillers and BOTOX to complement and enhance their final results. A few of the more common facelift options include:

  • Full Facelift
    Considered the gold standard, the full facelift most often puts an incision close to the hairline, then extends down to the area near the temples, reaching the base of the ears. The underlying facial tissues and muscles are carefully pulled and safely tightened to produce a lifted outcome, which reduces excessive loose skin and droopy features. This facelift is reserved for individuals who have visible signs of advanced aging. With this lift, various procedures may be combined, including blepharoplasty to enhance the eyes or a neck lift for the lower region.
  • Mid-Facelift
    With a similar approach to the mini lift, the surgery known as a mid-facelift focuses on the hollow and lax areas close to the cheekbones and the upper jaw. This lift works well for those who hope to attain improvement in the lower two-thirds of the face, which also improves the look of the jowls.
  • Lower Facelift
    This lift addresses the chin area and neck, and in many cases, the jowls. Nonsurgical methods, such as a Kybella injection, can also be used for chin reduction to attain a younger, tighter-looking neck.
  • Mini Facelift
    During a mini facelift, a thin, small incision is made around the ears to lift the skin to a higher position, which enhances the mouth, jawline, and jowls. This process creates subtle improvements that look natural.

What to Expect

After surgery, you will be monitored before you are released to go home with a responsible adult. Before your procedure, Dr. Lawrence or a member of her team will make your follow-up appointments and go over tips to make sure you heal properly. You should expect to have bruising and swelling, some moderate soreness, and discomfort, which can be helped by prescription pain medication. You should look and feel normal after several weeks. You will see a more glowing look with less lines and sagging. In all, your face will be lifted and younger looking.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a facelift cost?
The cost of your facelift will vary based on the technique used. During your consultation, Dr. Lawrence will develop your custom treatment plan based on your needs and goals. Once this is established, she can discuss cost estimates. To avoid results that look unnatural, it's best to focus on finding an experienced surgeon, like Dr. Lawrence, instead of the cheapest price. Marisa Lawrence Plastic Surgery can help you find low-interest financing that will make your surgery easier to afford.

Which technique is best for me?
The best technique for you will depend on your needs, goals, your degree of skin laxity, which areas are being addressed, and more. To produce the results you want, Dr. Lawrence will go over the different techniques during your consultation. She will then help you decide which technique is best for you.

Should I get a surgical or nonsurgical facelift?
While there are many great nonsurgical skin tightening procedures, these can only produce mild improvements. If you have moderate to severe skin sagging, a surgical facelift is the best choice to improve your appearance. During your consultation, Dr. Lawrence will discuss your options, including nonsurgical treatments, to help you select what is best for your goals.

What about wrinkle fillers and relaxers over facelift surgery?
Injectable wrinkle fillers and relaxers, like Juvéderm and BOTOX, have become very popular to refresh the face. Sometimes known as a liquid facelift, injectable wrinkle treatments are good for early signs of aging, but the results are temporary. A facelift can produce more dramatic improvements than injectables with results that can last for a long time. Ask Dr. Lawrence about injectable treatments during your consultation.

Will my results look natural?
Many patients worry that facelift surgery will make their skin look too tight, shiny, or like they live in a wind tunnel. Dr. Lawrence focuses on giving you a natural-looking result so you look refreshed and not fake. She listens to your needs and goals before developing your personal treatment plan with the technique that will produce your best results.

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Average Cost  
From $7,500
Recovery Time  
10 – 14 Days
Average Procedure Time  
3 – 4 Hours
Post-op Follow-up  
1 Week
Procedure Recovery Location  
Outpatient
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The Right Facelift for You

Cosmetic facial surgery can take years off your face and give you a fresh look. Today, there are many options for surgery based on your unique goals. This surgery is designed to help you look younger but natural. For more information, we invite you to get in touch with Marisa Lawrence Plastic Surgery in Atlanta, GA to set up your appointment with Dr. Lawrence.

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