What Is A Facelift?

A facelift, also known as cervicofacial rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that can enhance the appearance of your face. During a facelift, Dr. Eric S. Schaffer tightens muscles, removes fat, trims excess skin, and gives the patient a fresher, more youthful look. Deeper layers of tissue are often tightened, not only to increase initial improvement but to improve the longevity of your results. In addition, Dr. Schaffer can sculpt and smooth fullness in your neck for enhanced results.

Since everyone has different goals and facial structure, Dr. Schaffer can adapt the facelift so that you can have the beautiful, natural, youthful appearance you are looking for. During your consultation with Dr. Schaffer, you can be sure that he will inform you of your options and guide you toward the treatment that is best for you.

Benefits of Facelift Surgery

In our modern medical society, there are more options than ever before when it comes to facial rejuvenation. However, one of the most popular and effective ways to combat the effects age has on the face continues to be a facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy. This cosmetic surgical procedure is designed to lift the face to decrease many of the common signs of aging in the face and neck. Here is a quick look at some of the issues that can be improved with a facelift surgery:

  • The appearance of a double chin
  • The appearance of jowls
  • Sagging from fallen or displaced fat
  • Minimize deep creasing around the nose and under the eyelids
  • Minimize sagging throughout the middle of the face

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Candidates For A Rhytidectomy

An ideal candidate for a rhytidectomy should be in good health both physically and mentally. In addition, patients should have realistic expectations for the procedure results and the potential outcome of the enhancement. The most important step in your journey is finding a suitable plastic surgeon for you. San Antonio based Dr. Schaffer is a board certified plastic surgeon, who is one of the foremost authorities in the Southwest on innovative body contouring cosmetic procedures.

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Why Choose Dr. Schaffer?

Dr. Schaffer trained in general surgery at Harvard Medical School and at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and he went on to learn the art and science of plastic surgery at Yale University. With board certification from The American Board of Plastic Surgery, you can trust in Dr. Schaffer’s keen aesthetic eyes to give you the results you desire. Be sure to review Dr. Schaffer’s patient results in our before and after photo gallery.

“At the age of 56 I decided to have some work done to refresh my face. I interviewed three doctors. I chose Dr. Schaffer because of his experience, bedside manner and I felt safe and satisfied with the procedure Dr. Schaffer recommended. I find my husband (who is not a natural born complimentary person) staring at me sometimes. He says the change is so subtle that he can’t believe how much younger I look in a soft and natural way. I would highly recommend Dr. Schaffer and will to all my friends!” -C.J.

The Facelift Procedure

Dr. Schaffer will strive to make you look more youthful, alive and more vibrant during your facelift experience. Importantly, Dr. Schaffer artistically customizes his facelift technique for you specifically. This helps you achieve a rejuvenated appearance that is pleasing and natural. First, patients will receive anesthesia intravenously or through general anesthesia. Next, Dr. Schaffer will make an incision. Patients may opt for a traditional facelift, where an incision will usually begin at the temples in the hairline and go around the ear to end at the lower scalp. Then, Dr. Schaffer will lift the muscles of the face and remove excess skin. In addition, he will resculpt and redistribute fat.

During a limited incision facelift the incisions will be shorter and start at the temples, continue around the ear and possibly include the lower eyelids or upper lip. In addition to this facelift, Dr. Schaffer may perform a neck lift to lift the skin of the jowls and neck. The incisions are typically hidden in the hairline or in natural creases for the optimal aesthetic appeal. As you heal, your results will be more and more revealed. The swelling and bruising will go down and you will be left with a well-rested, revitalized and more youthful appearance.

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Can A Facelift Be Combined With Other Procedures?

Frequently, facelift surgery can be paired with other facial surgeries including, but not limited to, a brow lift or eyelid lift surgery for a more complete rejuvenation. Although facelift surgery is one of the most comprehensive facial rejuvenation procedures, it is important to bear in mind that there are some things that this procedure will not change. The fundamental appearance of your face will not be altered, and it will not halt the future processes of aging. For patients that do not need or want a full facelift can also look to liposuction, laser treatment, or direct excision of excess skin.

Schedule A Consultation

A facelift can be a wonderful opportunity to combat aging and help bring patients confidence and happiness. Dr. Schaffer and his warm, caring staff are ready to help you in your decision. Call 210-227-3223 and schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Schaffer at his San Antonio office.

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