Most people probably know a rhytidectomy better as a facelift. This procedure can be life-changing and take years off your appearance. Double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Adam Stein has performed thousands of facelifts on men and women alike, and his precision talent, artistic eye, and patient-driven results have made him one of the area’s premier surgeons.
How Does a Rhytidectomy Work?
Facelifts of the past ignored the SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system) layer, which is made up of the muscles that support facial structure and give animation to your expressions. Facelifts used to only concentrate on tightening the skin over this layer, which resulted in a mismatch of features that made it obvious when a patient had work done.
Facelifts have come a long way in advancements, technique, and results. Dr. Stein is particularly talented in the rhytidectomy arena, and as such, can determine based on your unique facial anatomy what sort of sculpting will best suit you. By altering the position of the tissues underlying your skin, a facelift can restore your jawline, tighten and firm up your skin, sculpt your cheeks and neck, reduce or completely remove wrinkles, and turn the clock back by years in a single procedure.
Every patient is different, but overall a facelift aims to:
- Reposition weakened facial muscles to restore a youthful face shape
- Remove unwanted fatty deposits that have migrated out of place
- Restore lost volume in the lower cheeks to return the roundness of youth
- Reduce the appearance of jowls
- Sculpt a tighter neck and jawline
- Tighten skin of the neck and lower face to get rid of a crepe-like texture, commonly called a “turkey neck”
Am I a Good Candidate?
Patients most often seeking a facelift are between 50-70 years of age, though patients younger and older have also benefited from a rhytidectomy. If you’re in general good health, have concerns about aging features such as jowls, deepening nasolabial folds, or a drooping jawline, a consultation with Dr. Stein can answer all your questions.
What is the Procedure Like?
Your rhytidectomy will be performed in our accredited surgical center at Stein Plastic Surgery with the most modern tools and technology available. Procedures at Stein Plastic Surgery are performed on an outpatient basis, so you’ll be free to return home the same day. Once you’re comfortable and the anesthesia is in full effect, Dr. Stein will perform your facelift and restore your facial harmony and balance as well as turn back the clock. Following the procedure, you’ll be released into the care of a loved one and given extensive instructions for aftercare and healing.
What Results Can I Expect?
Even the most extensive of facelifts can be done with advanced surgical techniques that don’t require weeks of downtime. In the first 1-2 weeks, swelling and bruising is normal. As this fades, your new face shape will begin to emerge. Sagging tissues are restored to their most youthful position, wrinkles are smoothed away, skin is tightened, and your jawline is sculpted to flatter. For most patients, a facelift at Stein Plastic Surgery produces such good results, they last a lifetime.
For something as central to your appearance and identity as your face, you only want the best when it comes to having a facelift. Dr. Stein has the talent and skill, the experience, and the meticulous attention to detail necessary to achieve amazing and natural results, so you can put your best face forward.
“After much research I chose Dr. Stein to be my surgeon for a facelift and rhinoplasty. BEST DECISION EVER! I am currently a year post-operative and am thrilled with my results. Dr. Stein completely met my expectation for a natural, freshened look. I felt well cared for by both his office staff and surgical team. From pre-op through post-op, they were quick to answer questions, soothe my nerves on surgery day, and made me feel safe under their care. Five stars isn’t enough!” *
Take the Next Step
Ready to learn more about a facelift? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Stein at Stein Plastic Surgery based in Raleigh, NC today! Simply fill out the form on this page or give us a call at (919) 261-7099.
*Individual results may vary.