About Facelift Surgery
Board-certified plastic surgeons Drs. Francisco Canales and Heather Furnas offer a full variety of facial plastic surgery procedures in Novato, CA. One of the most common surgeries at Plastic Surgery Associates Novato is a facelift. This treatment concentrates on precise sections of the face to correct loose skin features to create a smooth, more youthful appearance. Depending on your aesthetic goals, a facelift can focus on the areas around the eyes, the cheeks and mid-face, the bottom section, including the jowls, mouth, neck, and more for an all-around youthful look. The type of facelift used depends on your goals, the condition of your skin, the amount of laxity present, lifestyle, age, and other factors. Some men and women want a full facelift while others may only need a mid-face lift. Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas are experienced surgeons who have a complete understanding of the anatomy and complex intricacies of a facelift surgery. The objective is to create a natural look that's smooth and appealing.
"Breast Augmentation - Outstanding results! I still look in the mirror and say, “wow, these are my breasts!” Dr. Furnas made me feel safe and answered all my questions! I want to rave about the fantastic results but I will keep it short. The staff is 10/10. Quick responses and work with your schedule."- Anonymous / RealPatientRatings / Aug 08, 2019
"Breast Implant Revision - Surgery was easy and recovery was painless.Dr. Canales is wonderful. Results exceed expectations. Highly recommend."- Anonymous / RealPatientRatings / Jun 17, 2019
"Breast Augmentation - Dr. Canales is the only plastic surgeon I will ever go to. Not only am I 100% satisfied with how I look and feel, but the surgery was like nothing and the recovery was a breeze & staff at Plastic Surgery Associates of Santa Rosa are very nice and helpful. Someone was always available to answer any questions or concerns I had, making the entire process itself as stress free as possible I knew I was in good hands. Since my breast augmentation I love the way I look in clothes & I feel so much better about myself. Thank you."- Anonymous / RealPatientRatings / Jun 07, 2019
"Breast Augmentation - The Plastic Surgery Associates practice was highly recommended to me by several friends. Dr. Candles was very helpful by listening & assisting me in making a decision, based on the aesthetic I wanted to achieve. Although I didn’t get to personally meet Dr. Furnas, I know she was also one of my surgeons, so my appreciation also extends to her. I could not be happier with my results; they are skilled professionals!"- Anonymous / RealPatientRatings / Jun 04, 2019
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Ideal candidates for a facelift wish to correct noticeable facial wrinkles and lines, whether it be on the entire face or a specific section, such as the mid-face and lower face. Facelift surgery can address various sections, depending on your unique signs of aging. It is important to understand that age does not necessarily define the timing to have a facelift. There are so many unique concerns and reasons, and also numerous lift types, depending on what needs to be addressed. The treatment chosen will vary for patients who are in their 30s versus those who are over 60. Skin laxity is one of the most important components in the planning process. Facelift patients should be in good physical health and refrain from smoking and also have realistic expectations.
Regardless of your aesthetic concerns, there are numerous facelifts to consider. Some facelifts treat the upper portion of the face while others focus on the middle and lower. Moreover, some techniques are slightly more invasive and intricate than others. It is also common for some individuals to have a brow lift, or fillers and BOTOX to complement their outcomes. A few of the more common facelift techniques include:
- Full Facelift
Considered the gold standard, the full facelift usually uses an incision near the hairline, then extends down to the temple region, reaching the base of the ears. The underlying facial tissues and muscles are delicately pulled and securely tightened to produce a lifted appearance, which diminishes excessive wrinkles and sagging. A full facelift is reserved for patients who show signs of advanced aging. With this lift, several facial rejuvenation methods may be combined, including an eyelid lift to enhance the eyes or a neck lift for the lower region.
Incorporating a similar method to the mini lift, the cheek lift (known as a mid-facelift) focuses on the droopy features around the cheekbones and the upper jaw. This lift works great for those who desire improvement in the lower two-thirds of the face, which also includes the jowls.
- Lower Facelift
A lower facelift addresses the neck region and chin, and in many cases, the jowls. Nonsurgical methods, such as Kybella or laser skin tightening, can also be used for chin reduction to attain a younger-looking neck.
- Mini Facelift
During a mini facelift, a tiny incision is made around the ears to elevate the skin, which helps the mouth and jawline. This technique 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 surgery, Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas will plan your follow-up appointments and give you tips to help you recover faster and more comfortably. You should expect to have bruising, swelling, possible drainage, some moderate soreness, and discomfort, which can be helped by prescription pain medication. You should look and feel normal after about a month. You will see a smoother and younger-looking facial appearance. In all, your face will be rejuvenated and fresh.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a facelift cost?
The cost of your facelift will vary based on the technique used. During your consultation, we will develop your custom treatment plan based on your needs and goals. Once this is established, we can discuss cost estimates. To avoid results that look unnatural, it's best to focus on finding an experienced surgeon, like Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas, instead of the cheapest price. Plastic Surgery Associates Novato 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, the degree of skin laxity, which areas are being addressed, and more. To produce the results you want, Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas will explain the different techniques during your consultation. They 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, we will discuss your options, including nonsurgical treatments, to help you choose 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 usually help with 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. Canales or Dr. Furnas 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. Our plastic surgeons focus on giving you a natural-looking result so you look refreshed and not fake. They listen to your needs and goals before developing your personal treatment plan with the technique that will produce your best results.
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The Right Facelift for You
A facelift treatment can take years off your face and provide you a fresh look. Today, there are many options for surgery based on your individual concerns and goals. This procedure is designed to help you look younger but natural. To hear more about this treatment, we invite you to contact Plastic Surgery Associates Novato in Novato, CA to set up your consultation with Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas.