What Is a Facelift?
Facelift Before & After Cases
Why Should I Opt to Have a Facelift with Dr. Saltz?
Dr. Saltz is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He was Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery and Director of the Summit Plastic Surgery Center at the University of Utah prior to opening his practice. He has been president of both the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS) and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). He has published and presented over 500 national and international papers on various aspects of reconstructive and plastic surgery. He has written seven books and 39 book chapters on plastic surgery.
Those are the kind of credentials you can trust with a procedure as complicated as a facelift. This isn’t simply a case of lifting skin and stretching it. You’ve seen plenty of botched cases of that in the celebrity world. This is a complex procedure that demands extensive knowledge of facial anatomy and structure. Dr. Saltz has nearly 30 years of practicing and teaching surgery and will deliver the results you seek.
Candidates for a Facelift in Salt Lake City, Utah
Many people are good candidates for a Facelift. The signs of aging and sun damage — wrinkles, creases, and sagging skin — are especially evident on the face. Especially living in the dry, high altitude of Salt Lake City or Park City, Utah, our faces take a beating from the sun, the hot and cold temperatures, and the low humidity. And that’s not even addressing lifestyle issues such as stress that also age our skin.
“Dr. Saltz is the best plastic surgeon in Utah! I met with several other doctors and chose Dr. Saltz for my surgery due to his up-to-date knowledge about my procedure and his caring demeanor. “
You are a good candidate for a Facelift in Salt Lake City or Park City if you have any of the following:
- A deep line, or fold, running from the corner of your nose to the corner of your mouth
- Jowls, or loss of a well-defined jawline
- Deep wrinkles in the cheeks and sagging of the “highlight” areas of the cheekbones, eyes, lips, and forehead and brow
- Loose skin, wrinkles, vertical “cords,” or excess fatty tissue in the neck
What Facial Plastic Surgery Procedures Are Available in Salt Lake City & Park City, UT?
While getting a Facelift is something that you desire, doing a little bit of research beforehand is always a good idea. With different faces and different expectations, there are a few different options and techniques available to achieve your goals.
– Modern Facelift
This all-encompassing cosmetic treatment addresses the aging neck, face, eyelids, and forehead. It includes several procedures that tighten the sagging skin and, depending on the need, correct deeper structures. The incisions begin under the chin for treatment of the neck, continue around the ears, and end at the temple area along the sideburn. The tissues are repositioned and the muscles tightened and lifted. The skin is then pulled back over the muscles and excess skin is trimmed away, tightening the neck and facial skin.
The Modern Facelift in Salt Lake City and Park City includes the treatment of the Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System (SMAS). This procedure corrects the expressions and movement of your face, or the up and down muscles, that allow you to frown and smile. Dr. Saltz utilizes fibrin glue to seal the deeper layers prior to closure helping to minimize bruising and swelling and expedite healing. Because we use skin glues instead of skin sutures, this allows our patients to cover their new scars with make-up in the very first days after surgery.
– Forehead or Brow Lifts
– Neck Lift
Recovery After A Facelift in Salt Lake City or Park City, Utah
How long will my results last?
The changes made by Dr. Saltz are permanent. The repositioning of the SMAS system and tissue will remain in place the rest of your life. They will continue to improve as the swelling decreases. It will take a few months to see your full results, as swelling can come and go especially later in the day. It’s important to remember that these changes are for the duration. Muscles that are repositioned are not going to shift. Excess skin that has been removed is gone.
That said, the aging process will continue, but it will advance from a younger starting point. Still, many patients opt to have a more limited procedure, a mini facelift, in 5-10 years to keep up with the natural aging process.
What will my scarring be like after my facelift?
How soon after my surgery can I resume normal activities?
Facelifts involve a good deal of tissue lifting and repositioning. This creates tissue trauma, bruising, and swelling, making a facelift recovery more involved than many other aesthetic procedures. It’s tempting for patients to want to get their blood moving again and exercise to help with their recovery, but some patience here will go a long way. Exercising too soon after this surgery can lead to complications and a longer recovery.
For the first few days, Dr. Saltz encourages his patients to take short light walks, as this helps with circulation. The key is to not raise your heart rate or blood pressure — this can cause blood vessels on your face to bleed.
You can increase activity levels over the remainder of your first month after surgery, but heavy lifting, weight training, and strenuous exercise needs to be avoided. You need to keep your facial blood pressure down.
Most patients can return to work by the third week after surgery, but you’ll probably need to use some camouflage cosmetics. After one month, you can add light cardio exercise, such as slowly pedaling a stationary bike. At six weeks you can return to all exercise, although this can vary by the patient.