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  • What Happens During a Facelift? And Are There More Gentle Alternatives?


    Traditional facelifts are surgical procedures that improve visible signs of aging in the face and neck, including:

    • Sagging in the middle of the face
    • Deep creases below the lower eyelids, and extending from the corner of the mouth
    • Fat that has fallen
    • Jowls
    • Loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw

    The best candidates for facelifts are people between the ages of 40 and 70 who show signs of aging but still have some skin elasticity. But you should know that facelifts can’t change your fundamental appearance, and they also cannot stop the aging process.

    The Facelift Procedure: Yes, It Hurts

    Before a facelift procedure, you’ll typically undergo a consultation to help determine your goals. You’ll want to communicate to your surgeon what you’d like to change and why. You’ll also be asked about your medical history, any medications you’re on, and about your lifestyle. Your surgeon might be able to show you what these changes will look like using computer imaging.

    Before your facelift procedure, you’ll want stop smoking if you’re a smoker. This will promote healing and ensure proper recovery. And if you take aspirin regularly or certain vitamins, your doctor might ask you to stop taking these two weeks before your facelift procedure. When you actually go in for the facelift procedure, you’ll want to wear loose, comfortable clothing, and you should plan to have someone drive you home afterwards.

    During the facelift, your surgeon will most likely make small incisions at the hairline, and then continue around and behind your ear. The surgeon will then access the muscle and other tissue beneath the skin. A facelift procedure can take anywhere from two to six hours, and the surgeon will close up the incisions with stitches and bandage your face. You might also receive some pain medication and antibiotics to take afterwards.

    After the Facelift Procedure: It Still Hurts

    You’ll most likely experience a lot of bruising and swelling following your facelift procedure, which will last around two to three weeks. A few days after the facelift surgery, your surgeon will remove your bandages, and will check your progress over the course of a three to four week period. It can take up to three months to fully recover from a facelift procedure.

    Because facelifts are invasive, they do carry a lot of associated risks, such as:

    • Bleeding and infection
    • Poor wound healing and skin loss
    • Facial nerve injury and weakness
    • Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
    • Scarring and prolonged swelling
    • Skin discoloration
    • Persistent pain

    If traditional facelifts sound too costly, invasive, risky, and painful for you, you’re in luck – there are non-invasive facelift alternatives like Thermage.

    Thermage: One of the Best Facelift Alternatives

    Thermage is clinically-proven, unique radiofrequency treatment that reverses the signs of aging. Compared to similar skin tightening treatments, such as mini facelifts, patients obtain superior results with Thermage—but without all the risks and downtime associated with invasive procedures.

    Thermage often seems to work magic, but the science behind it is simple. Thermage works from the inside out. It transfers heat to the epidermis, which not only encourages collagen production, but also tightens existing collagen. Thermage effects this partly through radiofrequency technology, which produces electrical currents that causes collagen within the skin to contract and gradually reform. This is why most individuals experience dramatic tightening and smoothing of the skin over the six months following treatment. Since the outer layers of the skin are unaffected, there is almost no recovery time involved. The most amazing thing of all? Results from a single Thermage treatment tend to last up to ten years!

    Liquid Facelifts: A Revolutionary New Treatment That Works

    Liquid facelifts allow you to achieve the same results as a traditional facelift, but without all the pain and cost. Our revolutionary liquid facelifts use Botox, Juvéderm XC, and Juvéderm Voluma to contour and lift facial features.

    Liquid facelifts are safe and effective on pretty much all skin types and tones. They’re an especially good choice for people wanting an alternative to traditional, more invasive facelifts. Our liquid facelift uses Botox, Juvéderm XC, and Juvéderm Voluma to treat both dynamic and static wrinkles, smooth creases and folds, and fill hollowed cheeks. The result? A more youthful, firm, and lifted face.

    And that’s not all. Liquid facelifts can also re-contour your face, improving the appearance of scars. They can even enhance the size and shape of your lips. Results are totally customizable depending on your unique needs.

    LaserAway Will Erase Years from Your Face 

    LaserAway is proud to offer the most medical spa service options of any national skincare provider. LaserAway hires only the most highly trained staff experienced and certified in administering laser and other dermatological procedures. What’s more, LaserAway uses only innovative techniques and cutting-edge laser technology. LaserAway aims to make your medical spa experience comfortable, enjoyable and satisfying. Want to learn more about Thermage? Liquid facelifts? Then schedule a free, no obligation consultation today by emailing or calling the staff at LaserAway at (888) 965-2737. LaserAway looks forward to helping you turn back the clock.


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