Comprehensive Facial Rejuvenation – Facelifts in Minneapolis, MN

Facelifts are effective surgical procedures to completely rejuvenate your facial appearance. Whether you’re experiencing deep lines and wrinkles or changes in skin’s elasticity has created drooping jowls, treatment can help you look and feel younger. At Dr. Landis’ plastic surgery office, we provide facelifts in Minneapolis to create smooth skin, free of lines, wrinkles and other common signs of aging.

Cosmetic surgery the goal of reversing the signs of aging by tightening loose skin has been performed for many years. While treatment used to produce expressionless aesthetics, modern techniques support a natural and long-lasting result by repositioning facial structures that have sagged. Treatment can also include elevation of the jowls to improve the jawline contour and eyelid or brow surgery to ensure you look rested and refreshed. Additional procedures, such as fillers, neurotoxins, and medical skin care are often used to produce exceptional facial rejuvenation.

To learn more about what our facelift surgeon can do for you, call today to schedule a consultation!

Is it Time for Facelift?

Your needs are usually determined by how you experience aging, as well as if you are dissatisfied with how non-surgical treatments have been able to create firm and youthful skin. Many patients pursue injectable fillers and neuromodulators (Botox) to correct mild to moderate loss of facial volume and development of wrinkles, but there may come a time where these procedures cannot produce the desired effects. In some cases, patients realize they need surgical care when the skin has become too lax to be effectively plumped by non-surgical means.

Other patients decide it’s time for treatment based on self-esteem. If you feel a discrepancy between your outer appearance and how youthful or vital you feel because of lax facial skin and sagging of facial structures, surgical care can correct these problems and help your facial appearance reflect your youthful energy.

The Benefits of Modern Facelift Techniques

Formerly, this procedure involved tightening of the skin without affecting the deeper structures that support smooth, firm skin. This resulted in tightened skin only and, as the skin can continue to stretch, the results did not last long. In the early 1970′s, a newer operation was developed where SMAS-platysma muscles were tightened, in addition to soft tissue. This created ideal results by not only firming skin but creating the proper foundation for superior results that last.

Dr. Landis has demonstrated skill in microsurgery — intricate surgical procedures that involve treatment of musculature and soft tissue. This is particularly important for facelifts and allows Dr. Landis to create ideal, natural-looking results so you feel more like yourself.

Your Minneapolis Facelift Procedure: What to Expect

Completion of your treatment is custom designed for you and depends on your specific needs. In general, however, the surgical method involves placing incisions in the sideburn region of the hairline and along the junction of the face and ear.  The incision continues downward along the inside margin of the ear, which makes it well hidden. For some patients, the incision stops here which is a limited or short scar technique. For others, it continues around the earlobe, behind the ear and into the hairline.

In some patients with laxness and banding of the neck, a very small incision concealed beneath the chin allows the vertical bands to be surgically manipulated for a smoothing effect and correction of fat pockets. Advancements in closing incisions have further improved the results, and Dr. Landis is meticulous in his approach to incision placement, stitches, and creating ideal results after healing.

Depending on your needs, Dr. Landis will determine if it is necessary to extend the incisions behind the ear to remove excess skin near the neck, commonly referred to as a turkey neck. The focus of your facial surgery is to effectively reposition loosened facial tissue and remove drooping or excess skin.

Do You Need a Facelift or a Neck Lift?

In order to best define your neckline, a lower facelift is needed. It is not possible to tighten the neck without tightening the jowls and cheek region. Localized fat deposits cause the blunting of the neckline and create the appearance of a double chin. These can be removed at the time of the procedure with liposuction. Bands that are seen in the neck may also be improved.

Many patients who are concerned about surgical procedures may be drawn in by the promise of minimal or less invasive treatment, which is why they often ask if they can simply have a neck lift instead. The truth is that, if you are experiencing skin laxity to the point you have sagging skin along the neck, you also likely have loose skin in the lower or midface. Treating only neck skin does not create ideal aesthetic results and may not leave you satisfied with final outcomes. Ask Dr. Landis what your treatment plan will entail and why certain procedures are recommended.

Additional Cosmetic Facial Procedures

Eyelid tightening, or blepharoplasty, can be performed at the same time of your operation to firm loose eyelid skin and reduce undereye bags. After your surgery, additional fine-tuning of your result may be accomplished with the use of medical skin care, tissue fillers to define the lip lines, neurotoxins to improve wrinkles in the crow’s feet and between the eyes. Light-based treatments may also be added to improve sun-damaged skin. The combination of facial rejuvenation surgery and cosmetic medicine by Dr. Landis and his staff produces incredible results for cosmetic patients.

Frequently Asked Questions about Facelifts

Recovery usually rapid; however, each patient recovers differently. Bandages are usually removed on the day following your surgery. We suggest giving yourself two weeks away from work and socializing if you feel more comfortable resting at home until you are farther along in the healing process. Some patients return to work after one week if they feel comfortable doing so. Swelling and bruising usually resolve within two weeks. Patients report sensations of tightness and tingling for up to one month after surgery. Your maximum result occurs within three to six months after surgery when the swelling has completely subsided and soft tissues have healed.

The facelift is an effective operation to rejuvenate soft tissue and restore youthful firmness. Depending on what age you received treatment, you may not require a second procedure; in most cases, the effects last seven to ten years. If you have previously had cosmetic facial surgery and want to know if you can benefit from a second procedure, Dr. Landis welcomes you to call his office for a consultation.

In all forms of surgery, there are some risks. Small amounts of blood may collect under the skin and need to be removed. It is important that your caregiver stays with you for the first 24 hours after surgery. Healing usually occurs without problems when people are healthy, eat nutritious foods, and give themselves adequate time to recuperate. Patients who smoke are not suitable for the operation because nicotine compromises blood circulation and can affect skin viability after the procedure.  Patients who use nicotine products need to abstain for a minimum of 3 months if they want to receive cosmetic facial surgery. To make a completely confident decision, it is important that you understand the risks of the operation, which will be discussed in full at your consultation.

The decision to complete a cosmetic surgical procedure is deeply personal. While Dr. Landis can help you understand what to expect and if this is right for your needs, only you can determine if you want to pursue treatment. A consultation is the best way to determine if you are interested in a facelift and if this procedure will help you meet your aesthetic goals. Dr. Landis provides thorough information on the treatment process and how cosmetic issues can be corrected with this method.

Most importantly, you need to be in good health without heart issues or high blood pressure. A pre-operative complete physical examination by your personal physician is necessary to confirm your candidacy for surgery.

Your procedure is performed under general anesthesia, so you are completely comfortable during treatment. Most patients report that there is very little pain or discomfort afterwards. A mild pain medicine is needed after the surgery, but the procedure is well-tolerated, and patients find the results to be well-worth the surgical experience.

Visit Dr. Landis for Facelifts in Minneapolis!

If you have any questions or concerns about your procedure, Dr. Landis encourages you to call his office for a consultation. The cornerstone of his patient care philosophy is education. Our cosmetic facial specialist and his team are prepared to answer all your questions and help you make a confident decision about your cosmetic treatment plan.

Contact our plastic surgeon Dr. Landis today at (952) 562-5940 to learn more or to schedule an in-office visit.

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