We all know as time goes on the years seem to go faster and faster. You may not even realize it, but one day you will look in the mirror and see the first signs of aging. Sometimes it is surprising to realize that we do not look as young and full of life as we did 10 or 15 years ago, and this can be devastating to the psyche. Luckily, Orange County patients have the option to work with one of the best cosmetic surgeons in the country in order to bring back their youth. Dr. Kevin Sadati is a board certified facial plastic surgeon, and the facelift procedure is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery options at his Newport Beach practice.
The traditional facelift is one of the easiest procedures for a surgeon to perform, and it has a relatively quick recovery time associated with it. This is why it is one of the most popular options for patients who want to look younger. During the procedure, the surgeon will remove excess skin and tighten facial muscles. This process reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles and returns the face to its former, youthful state. In a matter of hours, a patient will look up to 10 years younger, and the results will last for about 8-10 years.
The fact of the matter is, however, that a facelift cannot stop the aging process from continuing. It will provide temporary relief, but within a decade or so many patients find that lines and wrinkles have returned. Some patients choose to have a revision facelift done at this point, in order to remove the wrinkles once again. Results vary by patient, but typically a revision will happen within 8-10 years. Many times, a patient who opts for a facelift in their 40s will choose to have another facelift in their 50s.
A local anesthetic is used for this procedure, and patients are kept cool, calm and collected during the procedure by a top surgical team employed by Dr. Sadati. The average patient will spend 4-7 days recovering, but most patients are able to return to their jobs or their daily routines within a week. Typically, Dr. Sadati will prescribe oral pain medications to help patients manage their pain. It is extremely important that patients are vigilant about protecting their new face from the sun. The newly stretched skin is very vulnerable, and sunscreen should be worn by the patient at all times in order to protect the skin from severe sunburns.