As some of the most accomplished Pittsburgh face lift surgeon, Aestique Plastic Surgical Associates Dr. Theodore Lazzaro has helped numerous men and women achieve a fresher, more youthful appearance. We offer a variety of facelift urgeries to best suit your needs, including traditional full facelifts, refresh facelifts and a mini-lifts.
What is a facelift?
Facelift surgery, also known as rhytidectomy, counters the effects of aging, gravity, stress, and sun exposure through surgical techniques that smooth facial creases, tighten sagging skin and remove underlying structures, while contouring excess fat. A facelift can help you look and feel better about yourself.
Who is a good candidate for facelift surgery?
Patients come to Aestique® Plastic Surgical Associates for facelift surgery from all over the Greater Pittsburgh area of Pennsylvania. They are continuing to look for facial refreshing earlier. The average age for a facelift 15 years ago was 58-60 years old; now the average patient is in his or her mid to late 40s. Adults with well-defined bone structure and elastic, but sagging, skin make ideal candidates for facelift surgery. Even people in their 70s and 80s have benefited from this procedure. Not only has the average age changed over time, but techniques and protocols have evolved as well. We offer customized facelifts, which allow us to meet each patient individually and evaluate their concerns. We then develop a treatment that addresses their specific concerns. Offering a variety of techniques allows us to correct the patient’s concerns without extensive or invasive surgery. In years past, plastic surgeons would take aged skin and tighten it. We now rejuvenate the skin through a prescribed skin care regimen and then tighten it, allowing for optimum results and more longevity.
Are there any risks involved?
Typically the facelift procedures are performed at Aestique® Surgical Center. With the professional care offered at Aestique® Surgical Center, complications during or after facelift surgery are rare and, if they do occur, are usually minor. It is possible that blood may collect under the skin, forming a hematoma, which must be removed by a surgeon. It is also possible for facelift surgery to leave nerves damaged, usually temporarily. Patients can also experience infection and allergic reactions to anesthesia. While these complications are rare, it is important to be with an experienced plastic surgeon displaying the ASPS and ASAPS logos to further reduce these chances.
How do I plan for a facelift?
When meeting at Aestique® for your initial consultation, you should make certain that you share with Dr. Lazzaro your expectations for the surgery. You should also tell us about any medical conditions, especially if you have uncontrolled high blood pressure, blood clotting problems, or a tendency to scar excessively. You should also mention whether or not you are a smoker and if you take any medications.
During your consultation your surgeon will perform an evaluation of your skin and face, including your bone structure. Oftentimes, the surgeons will prescribe a skin care regimen prior to surgery to maximize your results. Feel free to ask any questions you may have about the procedure, costs, and insurance. We are here to make you comfortable by giving you the best information and care during every step of the process.
You will be fully informed about surgery preparations, including the details of eating, drinking, smoking, and the taking or avoidance of certain vitamins and medicines. Smokers should refrain from smoking for a week or two before and after the procedure to assist healing. When you schedule, you will receive a surgical package that will outline all the frequently asked questions and answers that will help you through the process.
In most cases, you will spend the night after your facelift surgery in a private suite offsite, attended by one of our highly trained private nurses. To help ensure satisfactory results, you will have the chance to have all of your postoperative questions answered during this time. Dr. Theodore Lazzaro will see you first thing the next morning to discuss your discharge instructions.
Types of Facelifts