Many factors can contribute to signs of wrinkles, lines, and laxity of the face, including sun exposure, fatigue, stress, weight changes, overall health, genetics, and the natural process of aging. If you are looking for a way to “turn back the clock” for a more youthful and vibrant appearance, facelift surgery may be a beneficial solution to help you achieve your needs. Facelift surgery can smooth out wrinkles, reduce signs of jowling, and give the facial skin a more refreshed look. Dr. Zimmermann employs the most advanced facelift techniques to help you achieve results that look beautiful and natural.

What Are the Benefits of Facelift Surgery?

Facelift surgery can provide a number of advantages for patients who are experiencing pronounced signs of facial aging. Some of the benefits of facelift surgery include:

  • Diminish signs of deep wrinkles for a smoother and more youthful appearance
  • Reduce the appearance of sagging skin
  • Reduces creases between the nose and mouth
  • Can be combined with a neck lift to reduce folds and fat deposits around the neck for an overall smoother and vibrant look

During your initial consultation with Dr. Zimmermann, you are encouraged to ask any questions you may have, and he will talk with you in detail about what you can expect from the facelift procedure. Dr. Zimmermann will help you decide if this procedure is the best option for your needs, and he will formulate a customized treatment plan for optimal results.

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What Happens During Facelift Surgery?

A traditional facelift procedure generally involves incisions starting at or above the hairline or sideburn, which extend along the front side of the ear and behind the ear. Any further incision depends on whether or not the neck is addressed and is dependent on the amount of excess skin in that area. This incision technique makes any residual scarring virtually unnoticeable. During the process, Dr. Zimmermann will lift the facial skin and tighten the underlying muscles . He will also eliminate excess, inelastic skin, and gently pull the remainder taut to give the skin a firmer and more youthful appearance. The small incisions are then closed. The tension of the lift is secured on the deep tissue, with essentially no tension on the skin closure, assuring imperceptible scars.

For patients who may have more subtle or more localized signs of aging in the face, Dr. Zimmermann can perform mid-facelift surgery, which is a less invasive procedure and focuses on specific areas in the middle area of the face. Facelifts are often accompanied by other facial procedures, including a brow lift and eyelid lift.

Each facelift procedure is customized to your specific needs, so the length of time the treatment takes varies case by case. Generally, facelift surgery typically takes approximately 2-3 hours to complete and is usually performed under general anesthesia, on an outpatient basis.

What Is Recovery Like After a Facelift?

Recovery time following facelift is variable among patients, and is dependent on whether or not additional procedures, such as eyelid surgery or laser resurfacing, are done at the same time as the lift. Patients should expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort immediately after surgery; however, pain medication, rest, and proper post-surgical care can help smooth the recovery process. Most patients require about a week to ten days before returning to work and their daily activities. Strenuous activity and exercise is typically to be avoided for the Dr. Zimmermann can explain what you can expect during the recovery process once he has evaluated your unique needs and developed your custom facial rejuvenation treatment plan.

How Much Does a Facelift Cost?

Once you have completed your personal consultation with Dr. Zimmermann and he has developed your facial rejuvenation treatment plan, our office team can provide you with a price estimate that details your proposed care. At this time, you can also learn about payment options we accept (including major credit cards), apply for plastic surgery financing from CareCredit®, and/or schedule your procedure(s). Patients who are considered qualified applicants can take advantage of loan options provided by CareCredit® and payment plans to make the cost of their surgery more budget-friendly. If you have questions about pricing, we encourage you to contact our practice—you may be surprised by how affordable your cosmetic treatment can be.

Are There Non-Surgical Facelift Alternatives?

If you want to refresh and rejuvenate your facial appearance without the expense or extended recovery of a surgical procedure, Dr. Zimmermann can develop a non-surgical facelift treatment plan based on your unique anti-aging needs. Often mild to moderate signs of facial aging can be addressed with a combination of injectable products, such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers. These treatments can smooth wrinkles, tighten skin, restore depleted facial volume, improve skin quality, and boost collagen production for a more youthful-looking appearance. Although non-surgical facial rejuvenation can be very effective, there are limitations to what these types of procedures can do, and for some patients facelift surgery may be the only option for achieving their aesthetic goals. If you are considering a non-surgical alternative to facelift surgery, please contact our practice to schedule a consultation with Dr. Zimmermann.

Contact the Aesthetic Surgery Center of Napa Valley

If you have any questions about facelift surgery, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. John Zimmermann, please contact the Aesthetic Surgery Center of Napa Valley.