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Should I Limit My Sun Exposure After a Facelift?

Congratulations! You’ve recently undergone a facelift! This is the start of a new and improved you brimming with confidence. But wait! There are some things you should take into consideration to ensure you heal properly, as excessive sunlight exposure can cause some setbacks to your facelift results.

Due to the nature of a facelift surgery, incisions are made to tighten the skin and muscles underneath. This can often leave you feeling bruised and sore thereafter as your body beings to heal, beginning the recovery phase. It is during this time you are most vulnerable to the effects of the sun and need to be proactive in preventing unwanted consequences from excessive sunlight exposure. 

The Effect of Sunlight 

Sunlight feels great on the skin; we bathe in it, tan using it, and can’t seem to get enough of it. However, there are many hidden dangers to increased sun exposure that we often forget to consider. The main one being the damaging effect it has on your skin, especially after recently undergone a facelift procedure.

Sustained sunlight exposure exposes you to UV (ultraviolet) rays which penetrate the skin leading to skin damage and increased melanin production; the main component causing your skin to darken. If no precaution is taken, sunburns will likely occur potentially compromising your facelift results. 

Excessive sun exposure can lead to undesirable outcomes, such as improper healing and increased scar visibility. To help promote the healing process and maintain your facelift results, the following are some important things to keep in mind after a facelift procedure. 

How to Protect Yourself from the Sun after a Facelift

During the first week of your recovery phase it is recommended to avoid sun altogether due to the heat it generates. In fact, all types of heat sources should be avoided during this time as they can increase post-operative inflammation. Inflammation can lead to excessive swelling and potentially prolong your recovery phase. To negate the effects of swelling, a cold compress is recommended on the surgical area site for the first 48 to 72 hours. Medication may also be prescribed to help reduce swelling. 

Direct sun exposure to the incision lines and scars from your facelift surgery may cause them to darken in color, or become hyperpigmented. This can cause surgical scars to become more visible, giving an undesirable appearance. The good news is that your cosmetic surgeon will hide these scars as best as possible, usually within the creases of your ears, making them easy to protect from the sun. 

When Sunlight is Unavoidable 

During the first few months after having your facelift it is important to stay vigilant towards sun avoidance. While it is understandable that it is impossible to stay out of the sun completely, by adhering to the following recommendations you will help mitigate any negative effect the sun may contribute to. 

Use a broad spectrum high SPF sunscreen on your incision lines and scars. It is recommended that you choose one that is at least 30 SPF, but going higher won’t hurt. Wear protective clothing as well. This may be in the form of a wide-brimmed hat, a shawl, or anything else that you see fit to completely block out the sun’s rays from your face. Wearing sunglasses with 100% UV protection will also help protect the skin around the eyes, especially if you have also undergone a complementary eyelid lift procedure (blepharoplasty) to your facelift. Using all of these recommendations in conjunction will provide you with the best defence in direct sunlight.   

Preparing for the Long Term

To help maintain you’re your newly acquired youthful appearance for long term it is essential that you maintain a daily skincare regimen. This is involves using skin moisturizers that contain a modest SPF rating.  Excessive sun exposure can lead to the accelerated development of wrinkles, brown spots, and fine lines when not properly guarded against. This is especially important for those who have had a facelift, as these negative effects from sun damage will certainly counteract your facelift results. 

 

If you are interested in cosmetic surgery to improve your appearance, Dr. Matt Hershcovitch is an experienced plastic surgeon who can help your reach your aesthetic goals. Schedule a consultation in Westlake, CA at (805)371-0004 or in West Hills, CA at (818) 888-7878.

How to Determine the Perfect Age for a Facelift

Have you become increasingly unhappy with the effects of aging on your face? If you have sagging skin, loss of volume, excess fat under your chin, and deep wrinkles, you may be a candidate for a facelift. However, many people have difficulty deciding if a facelift should be considered now or if they should hold off as long as possible so that the procedure will not have to be repeated down the road. Is there really a perfect age for a facelift? The answer to this question is very subjective and is highly dependent on the individual. Dr. Hershcovitch’s facelift patients are generally between the ages of 45 and 60, though he has started to see an increase in patients over the age of 60. However, the right time for a facelift always comes down to personal factors. Here are some questions to ask yourself that will help you answer the question for your unique situation.

What Are My Signs of Aging?

It’s important to narrow down the factors that are really bothering you about your face before you decide to have a facelift. Is it simple loss of volume you want to address? Is your main concern excess skin or fat deposits under your chin? Are sagging, hooded, or wrinkled eyes your cause of concern? In some cases, less invasive or extensive options can be used to give you the results you want. For example, dermal fillers can restore the loss of volume, Kybella can address under-chin fat, and a forehead lift could rejuvenate the eye area. Often, Dr. Hershcovitch will use a combination of these techniques to perform a liquid or mini facelift if a full facelift is not necessary. These treatments can help you delay a full facelift for years into the future and have very satisfying results.

How Healthy Am I?

A facelift is a surgery that involves anesthesia and a fair amount of recovery time. While healing is not an issue for healthy individuals, it can be difficult for those who live unhealthy lifestyles, are dealing with an illness or disease, or who use substances or medications that could impair the healing process. If you are obese, smoke, or are going through treatment for an illness, it’s usually advisable to wait until you have lost weight, quit smoking, or concluded treatment before considering a facelift. During your consultation, the doctor will thoroughly examine your health history to make sure you are a suitable candidate for the surgery.

How Active is my Lifestyle?

The full recovery from a facelift usually takes a few months, though most patients are able to resume the majority of their normal activities within a week or two. However, for active adults who are taking care of young children, have demanding jobs, or who have other pressing responsibilities, this amount of downtime can often pose a problem. If you can’t take a few weeks off to rest, recover, and take care of yourself, you might need to hold off on surgery until your lifestyle becomes more conducive to recovery.

Can I Afford It?

Facelift surgeries are not inexpensive and in almost all cases, they are not covered by insurance. Though there are some financing options available, those who are not in a financial position where they can cover the cost of a facelift might want to choose less expensive procedures or wait until they can save the money to pay for the surgery. Though a facelift can be a life-changing procedure that rejuvenates your self-confidence and restores your sense of vitality, going into major debt to have it done is never advisable.

Scheduling Your Facelift Consultation with Dr. Hershcovitch

If you are on the fence about whether it’s a perfect time or not for a facelift, scheduling a consultation with Dr. Hershcovitch can help you make a decision. During your consultation, he will examine your face and health history, ask questions about your goals for the surgery, and learn more about your lifestyle and situation. The doctor will never recommend a facelift surgery to someone who is not in the right place in their lives for such a procedure and will always tell you if a different type of treatment or procedure can produce the results you want. Talking with the doctor can help you clarify whether or not a facelift is right for you and help you make the best decision.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Does Dr. Hershcovitch’s Facelift Technique Minimize Scarring?

Have you considered getting a facelift? Surgical facelifts by professional plastic surgeons can dramatically improve the signs of aging such as sagging, loss of volume, drooping, and deep lines or wrinkles. Although other non-surgical treatments such as injectables, laser resurfacing, and chemical peels can have anti-aging results, nothing can compare to the facelift’s ability to turn back the hands of time. If you’ve considered a facelift, you may have been holding off on making the decision because you are afraid of the scarring that will inevitably occur. However, a skilled plastic surgeon like Dr. Hershcovitch not only knows how to ensure the scar can be easily hidden with the patient’s hair, but he also knows the proper techniques to keep scarring to a minimum. Here’s how.

Dr. Herschcovitch’s Facelift Technique Options

Dr. Hershcovitch does not believe in a one size fits all model. He carefully plans each surgery so that he can address his patient’s individual issues and ensure that surgery not only gives them the results they want but that it’s also as easy to recover from as possible. He understands that simple facial tightening often does not address the underlying causes of aging and that it can lead to unnatural results that do not stand the test of time. That’s why he always looks to the deeper tissues to understand what needs to be done to create dramatic results that still appear natural. With his extensive training, he has been able to perfect two types of facelift techniques that work for almost all patients.

The SMAS technique works by manipulating a layer of connective tissue and muscle that lies under the skin and provides the most natural look, restoring fullness and lift to the face. The deep plane technique is for those with more pronounced signs of aging and involves releasing deeper tissues and reattaching them to higher positions on the face to tighten skin and create a lifted appearance.

With both techniques, Dr. Hershcovitch takes care not only to keep his incisions as small as possible but also to redrape the skin in a way that reduces incision tension. Incision tension not only leads to discomfort, but it also causes more pronounced scarring. Through his extensive education and experience, Dr. Hershcovitch has perfected his redraping technique, and his patients experience only the minimum of scarring. He also gives them advice on how to take care of their incisions after surgery to help them heal in the most effective manner possible. This includes drinking plenty of water, putting moisturizer or salves on the incisions as directed by Dr. Hershcovitch, getting light exercise, maintaining a healthy diet, and avoiding smoking.

How Dr. Hershcovitch Differs from Other Plastic Surgeons

Dr. Hershcovitch is known for his compassion and commitment to helping all of his patients look and feel their very best. He takes the time to listen to each individual patient’s concerns and works with them to figure out the best procedure for them. With his years of training and exclusive focus on facial cosmetic surgery, Dr. Hershcovitch is on the cutting edge of all the newest techniques and always takes a comprehensive approach to renewing his patient’s youthful appearance and restoring their confidence.

Dr. Hershcovitch also realizes that a facelift is not just a physical procedure—it’s also an emotional one. Before he schedules a facelift surgery, he makes sure to really get to know his patient to determine not only that they are a physical fit for the procedure, but that they are also emotionally and mentally prepared for the surgery, recovery, and results of their facelift. He truly cares about his patients as people and realizes that plastic surgery is not something that anyone should make a rash decision about. With his caring manner and broad knowledge of facial surgeries, Dr. Hershcovitch is the perfect partner for those who are considering a facelift.

Scheduling Your Facelift Consultation with Dr. Hershcovitch

The best way to know if a facelift is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hershcovitch. He can explain his innovative techniques and show you how he can minimize scarring should you decide to move forward with a facelift. Schedule your consultation today and be on the road to a more youthful, vibrant you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Does Your Facelift Need a Neck Lift?

While age-related changes on the face are a common concern, the neck is sometimes overlooked. The delicate tissues of the neck are just as susceptible to aging as the face. Sunblock and anti-aging creams aren’t always applied to the neck, which can further accelerate aging in this area.

To fully address facial and neck aging, Dr. Hershcovitch frequently performs facelift surgery with a neck lift. These procedures provide tremendous benefits for patients interested in comprehensive rejuvenation. Below we’re exploring all you need to know about this popular surgical combination.

Facelift and Neck lift: The Perfect Combination

Most people seeking facial rejuvenation know what a facelift is, but many are unclear about what areas of the face this procedure actually treats. Most facelifts only address the cheeks, midface, and part of the jaw area. The area above the brows can be addressed with a browlift, but the neck is not included in any of these procedures.

A facelift performed on its own offers excellent results, but adding a neck lift can produce results that seamlessly transition from your face down to your jawline and neck. The procedure is performed by making incisions that are carefully concealed under the chin and behind the ear.

The chin incision allows Dr. Hershcovitch to remove excess fat and tighten the underlying neck muscles. Through the other incisions, Dr. Hershcovitch can lift and tighten the muscles on the sides of the neck and remove excess skin. The result is a slimmer neck silhouette that is free of excess skin and fat. This procedure is the perfect complement to a facelift, because it comprehensively addresses aging from the neck all the way up to the midface.

Deciding Whether You Need a Necklift

Most first-time necklift patients are in their late forties to early fifties, but age isn’t always the best way to determine if you’re ready for this procedure. The aging process affects all patients differently due to genetics and lifestyle factors.

Ideal candidates for this procedure exhibit the following:

  • Loose, excess skin on the neck
  • Excess fat deposits that contribute to a double chin
  • Prominent neck bands
  • Deep wrinkles and folds on the neck

For those concerned about adding to the recovery period, a necklift does not lengthen the overall recovery time for a facelift. In fact, patients can take advantage of having a shared recovery rather than opting for two separate procedures. Most patients return to their regular routine within about two weeks, and strenuous activity can be resumed by about four weeks.

Schedule a Consultation to Take the Next Step!

This popular surgical combination is a favorite among Dr. Hershcovitch’s patients. These procedures won’t make you look overcorrected; you’ll simply look like a younger, more rejuvenated version of yourself.

If you’re considering a facelift, neck lift, or both, contact board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Matt Hershcovitch. He will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan that is customized to your goals and preferences.

 

Get Ready for the Holidays with a Facelift in the Fall

For most people, the holiday season is packed with parties and end-of-the-year celebrations. Before the busiest part of the year approaches, many men and women choose to undergo cosmetic procedures, such as facelift surgery, during fall.

A facelift performed in the fall will make sure you enter the holiday season looking and feeling your best. With our quick guide, you can learn what to expect in terms of recovery, allowing you to look perfectly refreshed for your first party of the season.

Planning your Facelift in the Fall: What to Expect

First Week: Rest and Recover

The first week after the procedure is when your post-surgery symptoms will peak, but you will be provided with a prescription for pain medication to alleviate any discomfort. You should focus on resting for the first few days to ensure a successful recovery.

In the initial stages of recovery, it’s common for patients to feel anxious, because swelling may temporarily obscure the results. Swelling is completely normal and is just the body’s response to surgery. During the first week, you can also expect to have some bruising and feelings of soreness or tightness along your incisions.

Although these symptoms will reach their peak during the first week, you’ll still feel well enough to get up and move around 2-3 days after surgery.

Second Week: Slowly Ease Back into Your Routine

Some patients have residual bruising about 2 weeks after surgery, and most will still have light swelling. It’s also common to have tingling sensations or feelings of numbness, but don’t worry – these sensations just mean your tissues are working on healing.

Patients will begin to see the new contours of their face take shape as swelling gradually decreases. You should still be taking it easy at this point, but some patients feel comfortable enough to go back to work after the second week.

Third Week: Getting Back to Normal

By the third week, your facelift incisions should feel much better. While they tend to look puckered during the first couple of weeks, they should take on a smoother appearance by the third week as the tissues heal and swelling subsides. Some areas might still feel a little tight. Most patients have returned to work by this point. It’s usually safe to also resume light physical exercise.

Fourth Week: You’re Party Ready!

At week four, most patients will be considered fully recovered from their facelift. Although it’s common to have very light swelling for up to a year afterward, this will likely be noticeable by only you and your surgeon, allowing you to head into the holiday season with confidence.

Whether you have a packed holiday schedule or you simply want to freshen up your look this fall, there’s no better time than now to get started on your treatment plan. If you’re considering a facelift or related procedure, contact facial plastic surgeon Dr. Matt Hershcovitch. He’d be happy to help you explore your full range of surgical and non-surgical rejuvenation options.

Procedures to Complement Your Facelift Results

Facelift surgery is a powerful tool to combat the major signs of aging, including deep lines, wrinkles, and jowls. It is considered the gold standard when it comes to facial rejuvenation, but it’s often performed with additional procedures to enhance the overall results. If you’re interested in undergoing a facelift in the future, consider adding the following procedures into your treatment plan:

Blepharoplasty

The eyes play an important role in your overall facial appearance. They’re also one of the first parts of the face to show the signs of age. The fat pads beneath the eyes tend to droop over time, creating a hollowed-out appearance and “eyebags.” The eyelids might also start to sag and develop deep wrinkles. For patients concerned about aging around the eyes, blepharoplasty can help.

Also called an “eyelid lift,” this procedure allows Dr. Hershcovitch to trim sagging eyelid skin and remove any excess fat deposits that are creating eyebags. The incisions are carefully concealed along the natural crease of the eyelid, within the lower lid, or along the lower lash line, so scars are virtually undetectable. Patients love the naturally refreshed appearance that blepharoplasty can achieve, especially when combined with a facelift.

Browlift

Many patients are surprised to learn that a facelift does not treat the upper part of the face. While it’s a great way to address aging in the mid-lower face area, it leaves the forehead untouched. Browlift surgery (sometimes called a “forehead” lift) is a great complement to a facelift because it produces seamless rejuvenation that extends up the face.

During the procedure, excess skin is trimmed and the deeper tissues of the face are lifted, and then sutured into a more youthful position. The muscle tissue is manipulated to smooth out any stubborn creases as well. While there are different options for incisions (depending on your extent of aging), most incisions can easily be concealed. In some cases, the procedure can even be performed endoscopically.

Necklift

A slim, smooth neck has long been associated with elegance and youthful beauty. But over time, aging can cause the neck to have a loose and wrinkled appearance. When performed with a facelift, necklift surgery can restore a slim neck silhouette while also treating the major signs of facial aging.

The necklift incision is easily hidden along the natural contours of your face and neck. Through these incisions, Dr. Hershcovitch will lift the deeper structures and soft tissue to release neck banding, smooth away deep wrinkles, and trim excess skin. He can also remove fat deposits that create the appearance of a double chin.

Together, these procedures beautifully restore a youthful appearance to the face and neck. And with only one trip to the operating room, patients can take advantage of only having one recovery period for several procedures.

If you’d like to explore your options for facial rejuvenation, take the next step by contacting double-board certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Matt Hershcovitch. He’d be happy to discuss your cosmetic goals and create a personalized treatment plan.

Mini Facelift vs. Full Facelift: What to Expect

While you can’t control the aging process, facial plastic surgery makes it possible to restore a youthful, refreshed look. One procedure in particular that many men and women turn to is facelift surgery. When the signs of age start to appear, this effective surgery can essentially turn back time while allowing you to still look like yourself.

If you’re researching your options for facelift surgery, then you’ve probably come across the terms “full facelift” and “mini facelift.” But how do you know which procedure is right for you? Read on to discover everything you need to know about these popular facial surgeries.

Full Facelift

Who Is an Ideal Candidate for a Full Facelift?

Full facelifts are great if you’re seeking a more dramatic transformation, and you have severe facial aging that you’d like to address. Ideal candidates for a traditional facelift typically exhibit the following:

  • Deep folds and wrinkles on the face
  • Sagging skin on the cheeks
  • Jowls
  • Marionette lines
  • Skin laxity on the neck

About the Procedure

A full facelift can target basically everything from the midface down to the neck, and it is great for tightening up loose skin on the neck, cheeks, and on the majority of the face. When performing a full facelift, Dr. Hershcovitch lifts the deeper structures of the face to produce a truly natural-looking lift. This is usually done by using one of the following techniques: the SMAS technique or the deep plane method.

The SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system) is a layer of fibrous tissue under the skin that goes from the forehead down to the collarbone area. During an SMAS facelift, Dr. Hershcovitch will make incisions along the natural contours of your face, and then gently reposition the SMAS to restore volume and produce lift. A deep plane lift – which targets the layer below the SMAS – allows even deeper facial structures to be lifted. In either case, the goal is to lift the deeper tissues where aging occurs. This supports a more naturally rejuvenated appearance, rather than just pulling the skin tight.

Benefits of a full facelift include:

  • Offers the most dramatic reduction of facial aging
  • Can address a larger area of the face
  • Long-term results

Recovering from a Full Facelift

Each facelift is customized to the patient’s individual needs, so recovery varies depending on the extent of your procedure. But in general, full facelifts typically require about 1-2 weeks of recovery. Immediately after your procedure, you will need to wear a bandage and headwrap for a day or two to facilitate healing.

It’s common to experience bruising, swelling, and soreness after the procedure, but these temporary side effects resolve within about a month. Most patients are comfortable returning to work and social events within a week or two. However, strenuous exercise should be avoided for up to 6 weeks.

Mini Facelift

Who Is an Ideal Candidate for a Mini Facelift?

A mini facelift is excellent for people who have mild to moderate facial aging. This procedure is not well suited for those who have significant sagging or deep skin folds, but it is a popular option for men and women who need a bit more rejuvenation than non-invasive procedures can provide.

Ideal candidates for a mini facelift usually exhibit the following:

  • Diminished skin elasticity from the midface down to the neck
  • Decreasing jawline definition
  • Mild to moderate wrinkles

About the Procedure

Similar to a full facelift, a mini facelift allows the surgeon to reposition the deeper structures of the face to provide lift. However, a mini facelift typically addresses only the SMAS layer, making it a less-invasive approach. A mini facelift can also be performed as an in-office procedure using local anesthesia only. Because it does not require general anesthesia and uses shorter incisions, this procedure is ideal for those seeking facial rejuvenation without the inconvenience of more invasive procedures.

Patients can enjoy the following benefits from a mini facelift:

  • Procedure is less invasive
  • Shorter downtime
  • Provides subtle, natural-looking rejuvenation

Recovering from a Mini Facelift

Since the mini facelift takes a less aggressive approach, downtime is much shorter when compared to a traditional facelift. Temporary post-op symptoms, like bruising and swelling, usually subside quickly. While all patients will vary in their recovery, most can return to work within a week, sometimes even sooner.

Both mini facelifts and full facelifts can produce incredible results for people seeking facial rejuvenation. Rather than making you look like a completely different person, a facelift can simply reverse the changes that age has caused. The right procedure for you ultimately depends on your cosmetic goals and preferences.

If you’re considering facial plastic surgery, you deserve to put your care in the hands of an expert, like Dr. Matt Hershcovitch. Dr. Hershcovitch is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, and he is considered a leader in the field. Contact him today to schedule your personal consultation.