As we age, the skin loses elasticity, leading to wrinkles, sagging, and other signs of aging. These changes can be upsetting and lead to a loss of self-confidence. At Schrader Plastic Surgery In New Jersey, facelift surgery is an effective solution to help rejuvenate the face and restore a more youthful appearance. Dr. Nicole Schrader, a double board-certified plastic surgeon in Princeton, NJ, has over 20 years of experience and has helped hundreds of men and women attain their aesthetic goals.
- Before Facelift: What Makes the Face Look Older?
- What Is Facelift Surgery and What Improvements Can It Provide?
- What Is the Right Age for a Facelift?
- How Much Does a Facelift Cost?
- How Is a Facelift Performed?
- Can You Combine a Facelift with Other Procedures?
- What is Recovery From a Facelift Like?
- Frequently Asked Questions about Facelift
- Why Choose Dr. Nicole Schrader
Before Facelift: What Makes the Face Look Older?
Many things can contribute to an aging appearance, including genetics, sun exposure, lifestyle choices, and the natural aging process. As we age, our skin loses collagen and elastin, which results in the formation of wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin. A reduction in facial volume (fatty tissue) and muscle tone can cause a hollow or sunken appearance while gravity exacerbates these changes by pulling down the skin, causing jowls and the deepening of nasolabial folds, or laugh lines, and ultimately altering facial contours.
Additionally, one factor that can contribute to an aging appearance is known as facial bone resorption. As we age, the bones in our faces undergo a process of resorption, which means they gradually lose volume and change shape. This can lead to a less-defined jawline, a shorter and narrower midface, and a more prominent appearance of the eye sockets. These changes in bone structure can further contribute to sagging and wrinkling of the skin, as the supporting framework of the face weakens over time.
What Is Facelift Surgery and What Improvements Can It Provide?
Facelift surgery lifts sagging skin and tightens facial muscles for a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance. This surgery can address moderate to severe signs of aging, especially in the lower two-thirds of the face. Facelift surgery may target excess skin and fat in the lower face and neck. This can help to correct the appearance of jowls and create a more balanced facial profile. There are different types of facelifts and each addresses specific concerns. These include the deep plane facelift, neck lift, and mini-facelift. The result is an improved facial contour, increased cheek volume, smoother skin, reduced wrinkling, and a more youthful appearance.
Facelift surgery can also have a positive impact on a patient’s self-confidence, allowing them to feel more comfortable and confident in social situations and daily life.
What Is the Right Age for a Facelift?
Skin ages at different rates for different people, and there isn’t a “right” age to have a facelift. Physical age is only one of the considerations that help determine whether a facelift is an appropriate choice. Some people may benefit from a facelift in their 40s, while others may not require one until their 50s or 60s. Before designing a treatment plan, Dr. Schrader evaluates the patient’s overall health, the degree of facial aging, and the patient’s intended goals.
How Much Does a Facelift Cost?
At your consultation, Dr. Schrader will discuss what is necessary to address each area of concern. After you decide on the treatment plan that will meet your specific cosmetic goals, we will give you a written quote on the cost of the procedure. The cost will vary among patients, as the extent of the correction and the technique must be determined first. Dr. Schrader works hard to keep her fees comparable to other New Jersey plastic surgeons without jeopardizing patient safety or results.
How Is a Facelift Performed?
A facelift is typically performed under general or local anesthesia, depending on the procedure and the patient’s preferences. During the surgery, the surgeon makes incisions along the hairline and around the ears to access the underlying facial tissues. The skin is then lifted, and the underlying muscles and tissues are tightened to provide a more youthful contour. Excess skin is removed, and the remaining skin is repositioned and sutured in place. The specific techniques used may vary depending on the type of facelift being performed and the patient’s individual needs.
Can You Combine a Facelift with Other Procedures?
Yes, a facelift can be combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures to achieve a more comprehensive result. Some patients may choose to combine a facelift with a brow lift or eyelid surgery to address skin laxity and wrinkles in the upper face. Others may opt for fat transfer for volume or liposuction for improving contour.
Schrader Plastic Surgery also offers non-surgical treatments such as laser hair removal, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, botulinum toxin injections, or dermal fillers to enhance their overall appearance. It’s essential to discuss your goals and concerns with Dr. Schrader during your consultation to determine the best combination of procedures for your unique needs.
What is Recovery From a Facelift Like?
Recovery from a deep plane lift can vary depending on the patient’s individual healing process. Generally, patients can expect some swelling, bruising, or facelift scars in the days following the surgery. Itching around the sutures is also common. These symptoms can be managed with pain medication and cold compresses as recommended by Dr. Schrader. Following Dr. Schrader’s post-operative care instructions closely is essential to ensure a smooth and successful recovery.
Frequently Asked Questions about Facelift
Why Choose Dr. Nicole Schrader
When considering a facelift procedure, it is essential to choose a skilled and experienced surgeon who specializes in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Nicole Schrader is a double board-certified surgeon with over 20 years of experience, including 13+ years in private practice. Her expertise and qualifications include:
- Specializing in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialty) & Head/Neck Surgery
- Member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Academy of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, and the American Board of Otolaryngology
- Graduated summa cum laude from George-August University in Germany
- Completed a residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Temple University in Philadelphia and a fellowship in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at Robert Wood Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ
- Recognized as the Best Plastic Surgeon by Town Topics Readers’ Choice Awards in 2017
- Co-authored more than a dozen papers and presentations
By choosing Dr. Schrader for your facelift procedure, you can trust that you are in the hands of a highly skilled and experienced surgeon, dedicated to providing the highest quality care and achieving the best possible results.