Performing facelifts for Boston and New England
Doctor Volpe is considered one of the nation’s top facelift surgeons – Newsweek 2021
At our practice in Boston, facelift surgery is one of the most highly sought procedures. Men and women with noticeable wrinkles, folds, and sagging skin can rejuvenate the appearance of their face and restore their comfort with their appearance by undergoing a facelift performed by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Volpe.
How Aging Affects Your Face
As we age, cheeks drop and jowls form. One loses the youthful, well-defined angle from the neck to the jaw, as skin and muscles sag and fat accumulates. Gravity and sunshine take their toll your face. Smoking, weight gain, or weight loss, and one’s genetics also impact facial appearance. Unless your genetics are the rare exception, age can take a major toll on your face and neck.
Most women and men over the age of 40-50 notice signs of aging beginning in their face and neck. Often that includes extra skin on the upper eyelids, bags under the lower lids, and wrinkles around the forehead, eyes, neck, and mouth. The corners of the mouth start to sag downwards and the skin of the neck and under the chin begins to fall, all resulting in an overall older tired-looking face. Ahhh, life.
Dr. Volpe strives for natural-looking results in his Boston facelift patients while placing patient safety and comfort as top priorities.
* Individual results may vary.
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How a Facelift can Rejuvenate Your Appearance
Although we all hope to one day stop the aging process altogether, there are several options to reduce, and even reverse signs of aging by rejuvenation through cosmetic surgery. A facelift (rhytidectomy) can transform sagging, tired-looking cheeks, jowls, and neck into a face with a more youthful, rested appearance. Depending on the degree of aging a full or short incision facelift (mini-facelift) may be appropriate. All options will be discussed during your consultation.
One of my goals of a facelift is to give you a younger-looking face that looks natural and not overdone. Some men and women are afraid that a facelift may give them an extreme lift, or windswept look. Newer techniques have provided a variety of alternatives that are safe, effective, and do not leave obvious signs of having had a facelift. A thorough consultation will determine the best choices for you, and I will be able to recommend surgical facial rejuvenation techniques that give the look of a naturally youthful look and feel. The best type of facial plastic surgery result is not one that is immediately noticeable. You want to look noticeably refreshed, but not obviously redone with plastic surgery.
In addition to addressing the lower face, facelifts also include treating the neck. Extra skin is tightened. If there is fullness under the chin due to fatty tissues, this is treated with liposuction and or direct removal of the extra fat. If one has vertical bands on the neck resulting from separated muscles, these are repaired. At times fat grafting (fat transfers) are used to help give volume to cheeks and other areas that have lost significant fullness during aging.
How to Prepare for a Facelift
During a facelift consultation, you will be given instructions regarding preparation. You may be asked to take certain lab tests and medical evaluations to ensure that a facelift will be safe for your overall health.
Most facelift procedures are performed at the Boston Center for Aesthetic Surgery, the region’s top surgical center that only specializes in cosmetic surgery. You will have the option to either return home the same day or stay overnight in the facility. There are also numerous hotels in the immediate area for out of towners. Dr. Volpe will typically change any post-surgical dressings in one or two days.
It is always a good idea to prepare your meals in advance. Prepare your sleeping area with as many pillows as needed to help you sleep properly. Make sure to sleep on your back and keep your head elevated. This will reduce swelling and keep stitches secure.
The facelift procedure will begin with administering anesthesia. Once the anesthesia has taken effect, incisions will be created. The details of the surgical techniques to be used will be discussed in advance during the consultation.
After the incisions have been created, facial tissues will be lifted to match your appearance goals. Excess tissues will be removed as needed. These incisions will then be closed with sutures and secured with skin tape.
You may resume your regular diet immediately after the surgery. No nicotine products (cigarettes, vaping, patches, etc.) are allowed. In general, facelifts do not cause too much discomfort, but if you take certain pain medications, adding fiber to your diet will be a good idea. Light activity is fine, but one should refrain from heavy exercise.
There are some scars with facelifts. Fortunately, with proper technique, these scars heal quickly and are hard to see. Bruising and mild swelling can occur with a facelift and lasts about one to two weeks – this tends to be mostly on the neck can be easily covered with a scarf or hair. There are several choices for anesthesia for the procedure and most find the recovery period quite manageable.
Written onAugust 14, 2019
“I find this practice to be not only friendly but most professional. I have loved the services I have received and will continue to follow the advice of Dr. Volpe.”
Is a Facelift Right for Me?
There are a variety of facelift procedures, such as a mini facelift, lower facelift, or mid-facelift. During your consultation, Dr. Volpe can determine which procedure is best for you based on your aesthetic needs and goals. While some people are apprehensive about undergoing surgery, a facelift is the only option that can properly address significant sagging and other aesthetic issues caused by aging. Non-surgical facelift options like a liquid facelift or laser facelift only provide temporary results.
Combining Your Facelift with Other Procedures
Other common procedures that are performed at times along with facelifting include eyelid tucks, browlifts (for lifting the eyebrows), dermabrasion for wrinkles around the lips, chin implants, and rhinoplasty (nose jobs).
The Cost of Facelift Surgery in Boston
The price of facelift surgery varies based on the type of procedure performed and other factors. Widely considered by his patients as the best facelift surgeon in Boston, Dr. Volpe will meet with you in his office to discuss those different options and associated costs. Volpe Plastic Surgery offers financing options with CareCredit to help patients pay for their facelift procedure. Dr. Volpe can address any questions you may have regarding the cost of your facelift during the consultation.
Schedule A Consultation
Dr. Volpe is considered by his patients as one of the top plastic surgeons in Boston and offers a natural-looking facelift, Boston residents can rely on. Contact Dr. Volpe today to schedule a consultation in our Newton or Boston offices for your facelift. We are here to provide you with the attentive excellent care you need throughout the entire process and we are dedicated to providing you with the results you want.