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When performed by a qualified and board-certified plastic surgeon, facelift can reverse signs of aging and make you feel like a younger and more confident version of yourself. This time-tested facial rejuvenation surgery offers the most comprehensive results of all the facial plastic surgery procedures because it corrects several facial aging signs on the lower portion of the face. Depending on your needs, facelift can correct sagging skin on the cheeks, jowls and neck.
Through his many years of training and experience, Dr. Mark A. Foglietti has refined his surgical technique. This has led him to develop the Foglietti Natural Vector Facelift Technique. This innovative technique allows Dr. Foglietti and Dr. Fostyk to refine the deep tissues of the face in a precise and gentle manner for a noticeable and long-lasting result.
Am I a Candidate for the Foglietti
Natural Vector Facelift?
You may be a suitable candidate for the Foglietti Natural Vector Facelift if you are bothered by any of the following:
- Sagging, hanging skin on the mid-face
- Jowls or slackened jaw line
Our team will help you navigate all your options so you can make the best decisions in regard to your facial rejuvenation goals.
At your consultation with Dr. Foglietti or Dr. Fostyk, you should be prepared to discuss the signs of aging on your face that you would like to address, as well as your medical history. Your prospective surgeon assesses your candidacy for the procedure and sets realistic expectations about what facelift can accomplish for your unique face. Both doctors are eager to answer any questions you may have so that you can make an informed decision that feels right for you.
If you are a smoker, you should quit smoking far in advance of the surgery, as nicotine can interfere with and prolong your recovery process. You should also stop taking aspirin and similar anti-inflammatory drugs for at least 10 days before the surgery since they can make it difficult for your blood to clot, potentially leading to complications.
Facelift Procedure Details
Facelift is performed with anesthesia. The Foglietti Natural Vector Facelift Technique is performed using incisions created along hairline that extend to the front of the ear, under the earlobe to the back of the ear and ending behind the scalp. The skin is lifted to access the subdermal tissues of the face, known as the SMAS layer. The tissues are sculpted to create a smoother and youthful appearance. After excess tissues and skin are excised, the remaining tissues and skin are tightened in multiple natural vectors (directions). The surgeons are meticulous in their approach to avoid an overly pulled or tight appearance that is often a result of a poorly performed facelift. The neck area will be sculpted as needed to create a better-defined jawline. Once all the agreed-upon modifications have been made, the incisions will be closed using sutures.
An expertly performed facelift can last for many years. To maintain your rejuvenated appearance, it is recommended that you practice healthy lifestyle habits. This includes eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, wearing sunscreen and not smoking. Our team can provide you with additional tips to prolong your results.
Because facelift surgery is customized to the requests and needs of each patient, the price range for facelift surgery can vary depending on factors like the extent of aging present on the face and whether the neckline needs contouring. During your consultation, your surgeon can provide a complete quote. Because facelift is an elective, cosmetic surgery, it is not covered by insurance plans.
Facelift Recovery and Results
Facelift is an can be an overnight stay for close monitoring of your blood pressure and dressings or can also be done as an outpatient procedure, which means that you can begin your recovery the same day and in the comfort of your own home. Take the pain medication your surgeon has prescribed to moderate any lingering discomfort you experience in the days after your surgery. You can expect some bruising and swelling, but that should subside after a couple weeks, especially if you eat a good diet and apply a cold compress to your face. In the meantime, focus on resting and relaxing while keeping your head elevated.
Although facelift is great for reversing signs of aging, it cannot stop aging altogether. If you take care of your skin by avoiding the sun and using moisturizer, you can enjoy your facelift results for about 10 years before wrinkles and jowls begin to reappear.
Complication rates among facelift patients are very low, especially when the patient chooses a qualified, experienced surgeon like Dr. Foglietti or Dr. Fostyk. Risks patients may experience include:
- Bleeding or blood clots
- Prolonged swelling and inflammation
- Excessive pain
- Visible scarring
- Nerve damage
- Heart palpitations
Following your doctor’s aftercare instructions closely should also minimize your risks.
You may wish to pair facelift surgery with a procedure that addresses signs of aging on the upper half of the face to create a more uniformly rejuvenated appearance. Blepharoplasty and brow lift are especially popular choices to improve the texture of the skin around the eyes and forehead. Cheek augmentation can also restore the volume to the cheeks that has been lost due to fat sinking in the face.
What is the Foglietti Natural Vector Facelift®?
Patients in the Cleveland area and throughout the U.S. often choose Foglietti Fostyk Plastic Surgery for their facelift after hearing about Dr. Mark Foglietti’s pioneering surgical innovation, the Foglietti Natural Vector Facelift®. The procedure is the result of years of training and experience, and addresses many of the issues that lead to disappointing results with traditional facelift, such as the dreaded “windswept” or “open cockpit” look. Patients who choose Foglietti Natural Vector Facelift® don’t look “done,” but rather achieve a natural-looking enhancement that is at once subtle and dramatic.
How is the surgery performed?
The Foglietti Natural Vector Facelift® tightens the facial tissue covering underlying muscle in multiple directions, or vectors. This counteracts the sagging that typically occurs as we age. The tissue is then returned to its original, younger position. After this system of tightening, the skin is gently positioned over the naturally arranged muscle layers, resulting in a smooth and supple appearance as opposed to the severe, tightened look often seen in facelift surgery.
The procedure takes only a few hours. Under general anesthesia, your surgeon makes incisions along the inside of the hairline that extend to the front of the ear, under the earlobe to the back of the ear and ending behind the scalp. The skin is lifted to access the underlying tissues of the face.
Dr. Foglietti and Dr. Fostyk always take great care to avoid an overly pulled or tight appearance that is often a result of a poorly performed facelift. The neck area will also be sculpted as needed to create a better-defined jawline.
Most patients experience minimal pain after this procedure because it is done in such a precise, gentle and efficient manner.
How soon will I be able to resume regular activities?
Because the facial tissue is handled with extreme care, bruising is minimized considerably; and this facilitates prompt healing. Most patients can shower and wash their hair within 48 hours of the surgery. The average recovery period is 10-14 days. This allows time for the sutures to be removed and any negligible swelling or bruising to diminish. Most patients can return to work in 14 days, safely and with confidence.
As skin starts to sag again, will I need to get a revision facelift?
When the skin on your face can use a touch-up, you have multiple non-invasive options. One choice is laser resurfacing, which smooths and tightens the skin. Another choice is injectable treatments, which fill the lines, wrinkles and hollows on your face, add volume and stimulate natural collagen production to improve the texture of the skin. .
Do men get facelifts?
Yes. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery lists facelift as one of the most popular facial plastic procedures.
The experienced Cleveland-area plastic surgeons of Foglietti Fostyk Plastic Surgery are adept at rejuvenating the face of men while maintaining handsome, masculine features. While facelift incisions are typically placed along the hairline (where scarring is easily concealed) for women, adjustments must be made for men who wear shorter hairstyles and often develop a receding hairline. Men are also more concerned with keeping a “natural” look, which may mean leaving more lines on the face rather than pulling the skin tightly to erase them.
How soon can I exercise after having facelift?
Drs. Foglietti and Fostyk suggest that you postpone vigorous exercise for at least one month to allow your face sufficient time to heal. Moderately paced walks are always okay because they increase your blood circulation, which should expedite your healing.
Learn More about the Foglietti Facelift
Drs. Mark A. Foglietti and Alanna Foglietti Fostyk can help you look as young as you feel. To discuss facelift surgery or the other facial rejuvenation procedures they perform, please schedule a personal consultation by contacting our Cleveland office today.