Facelift in Miami
For patients in Miami, facelift surgery is a very popular procedure that is known for reducing the visible signs of aging. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, over 100,000 men and women in the U.S. had a facelift in 2009.
By restructuring the deep tissues or the face, the facelift can restore a youthful, beautiful and natural appearance to the face. Secondarily, wrinkles are reduced and folds and sagging skin disappear. Studies of this procedure have found that a facelift can make one appear, on average, more than 10 years younger. Closely related goals include improved self-esteem and improved quality of life. Dr. Maercks uses a unique technique, the Musculo-Aponeurotic Elevation Rhytidectomy with Check Kite Support (MAERCKS-lift).
Dr. Maercks offers the facelift in Miami, along with many other procedures for facial rejuvenation.
Who Should Consider a Facelift?
Most patients who choose a facelift are between the ages of 40 and 60 years old. They exhibit conditions such as:
- Sagging jowls
- Deep facial folds
- Loose skin
- Loose neck tissue
If you are bothered by these age-related imperfections, a facelift may be right for you. Dr. Maercks can evaluate your health, medical history and goals for facial rejuvenation to determine if a facelift is suitable. Good candidates are healthy, non-smokers with realistic expectations.
The Maercks-Lift Facelift in Miami – For a More Natural Rejuvenation
The MAERCKS-lift is a facelift based on the principles of many of Dr. Maercks’ mentors including Dr. James Stuzin, Dr. Fernando Ortiz-Monasterio, Dr. Fernando Molina and others, but modified with a histiocentric approach. The SMAS, a deep structural layer that defines and supports the face is not completely elevated. The entire blood supply is maintained but through three thoughtfully-designed vectors (directions of pull) the natural aesthetically beautiful convexities and concavities of the face are created in their aesthetically ideal locations. This in turn means there is no need to pull on the skin creating the unnatural stretched appearance that has become stigmata of a facelift in today’s media.
A naturally beautiful deep structure is overlayed by relaxed redraped skin with no tension and subtle positional differences. Even the incisions are hidden and placed so the stigmata of facelifting (abnormal skin folds, ear deformities, hairline displacement and scars in the hair bearing scalp) are not evident.
The Surgical Procedure: What to Expect During a Facelift
Surgery takes about 2 – 3 hours under general or local anesthesia (depending on the technique chosen by your plastic surgeon). Your facelift may be completed as an outpatient or inpatient procedure, so ask Dr. Maercks about your particular case.
The technique involves an incision near the temple, which follows the natural facial contours around the ear. The skin is separated from the fat and muscle tissue, which allows the surgeon access to the underlying facial tissues. The doctor trims and tightens loose skin, fat and muscle. The layers of tissue are then fixated and incisions are closed.
What to Expect After Your Facelift in Miami
Dr. Maercks or a staff member will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions so that you will know what to do when you begin facelift recovery at home. The doctor will likely instruct you to keep your head elevated, get plenty of rest and limit physical activity during recovery. Patients typically recover from surgery between 2-3 weeks. Immediately after surgery, loose bandages are applied to minimize swelling; numbness, bruising, and puffiness can be expected.
To learn more about a facelift in Miami, including details about cost, expected results, risks, and alternatives, contact our Miami Beach plastic surgery practice today.