Your face is arguably the most significant part of your identity. It is the first thing people see, and it portrays your emotions and shapes how others perceive you. Though we are taught not to judge a book by its cover, your face offers a window into who you are and how you are seen by the world around you.

If you have visible signs of aging and there is a disconnect about how you feel and what your appearance is conveying, it is likely time to consider a facelift. Dr. Ress performs the facelift procedure for patients in Boca Raton and for the greater South Florida area, including Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Fort Lauderdale and all throughout Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties, which is why when it comes to facelift Boca Raton is the perfect choice. Dr.Ress uses state-of-the-art technologies and the most advanced techniques to create the best surgical results for every patient, enabling them to rediscover their youth or their confidence once again.

Before and After | Facelift

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Signs of Aging and the Glogau Classification Scale

Dr. Richard Glogau, a San Francisco dermatologist, created a simple scale to standardize the degree of facial aging so patients and doctors alike can compare apples to apples. His scale goes from 1 to 4, with 4 being the most severe.

Stage 1: ‘Early Wrinkles’ Patient age: 20s to 30s

  • Early photo-aging
  • Mild pigment changes
  • Minimal wrinkles
  • No ‘age spots’

2: ‘Wrinkles in Motion’ Patient age: 30s to 40s

  • Early to moderate photo-aging
  • Appearance of smile lines
  • Early brown ‘age spots’
  • Skin pores more prominent
  • Early changes in skin texture

3: ‘Wrinkles at Rest’ Patient age: 50s & older

  • Advanced photo-aging
  • Prominent brown pigmentation
  • Visible brown ‘age spots’
  • Prominent, small blood vessels
  • Wrinkles, even at rest
  • Looser skin, jowl formation and neck bands

4: ‘Only Wrinkles’ Patient age: 60s or 70s

  • Severe photo-aging
  • Yellow-gray skin color
  • Prior skin cancers
  • Pre-cancerous skin changes (actinic keratosis)
  • Wrinkles everywhere
  • Very Loose and excessive skin

Am I a Candidate for Facelift Surgery?

This is a question that Dr. Ress receives on a regular basis. The answer to this question is “yes” if you are looking in the mirror and pulling your skin back toward your ears to tighten it. See Stage 3 and 4 above. Dr. Ress will select the appropriate technique based on your individual needs and anatomy. If you want to improve your skin, your confidence, and give yourself an overall boost, then you are most definitely a candidate for a facelift surgery – and it will be a smart choice you will thank yourself for making.

What is Facelift Surgery?

Facelifts in Florida are a popular way to repair and regain the youth that once existed within your facial features. Rhytidectomy, the technical term, improves signs of visible aging within your neck and face to boost your confidence and reclaim your past youthful appearance. Depending on what part of the face is done, a facelift can reshape the lower part of the face by removing the excess skin, or it can be combined with surgery to enhance the forehead, cheeks, brows and eyelids. During your consultation with Dr. Ress, you will be shown where you can benefit from a facelift the most, and will be given a descriptive customized plan for which procedure suits your specific needs.

Specifically Dr. Ress evaluates the texture and quality of your skin; how much extra skin you have; if you have jowls and fat in the neck area; if you have lost facial volume.

How is facelift performed?

The modern facelift surgery is performed in the safety of an operating room, typically under complete anesthesia. Incisions are designed to be hidden in skin creases not immediately visible and in men at the beard hairline. The incision is carried behind the groove of the ear and into the hairline. In order for the results to be long-lasting, Dr. Ress will tighten the deeper tissues of the face, the so-called SMAS as well as the neck band muscles (the platysma). The typical incision is small, and can be placed under the chin to tighten the skin and the deeper tissue of the neck.

What Are the Types of Facelift Procedures?

Several techniques exist for a facelift surgery. There are a few types of facelift surgery, one of them being the mini facelift, and all of them involve removing extra skin through minimal incisions hidden in natural skin creases. The appropriate technique for you will be determined based on:

  • The condition of your skin – texture and pigment issues
  • The degree of skin looseness and elasticity
  • The amount of volume loss or excess

What to Expect with a Facelift?

As with any other procedure, you should have realistic expectations when determining whether or not a facelift is for you. We will review with you the likely outcomes based on over 20 years’ experience.

Facelifts are done with incisions that are made to be as inconspicuous as humanly possible. You will discuss your options with Dr. Ress to ensure that your shape and contour expectations are met perfectly. Thanks to advances in facelift surgery, healing time and overall discomfort have been successfully reduced, so you can expect to be back to your normal, but better, self in a very short time.

When it comes to facelift Florida is the perfect choice, which is something our patients can wholeheartedly confirm. They come to us because of our renowned expertise within this delicate art. We offer only the finest of treatments and after care available in Boca Raton and South Florida. Facelift is performed as an outpatient procedure. Administered anesthesia choice depends on your specific case, which Dr Ress will go over with you to ensure that you will be both safe and secure.

Incision techniques and patterns will depend on how much extra skin you have. The current condition of your skin, including the elasticity, and the overall degree of your facial sagging, if applicable. When it comes to scarring, we strive for a facelift incision to be hidden in the small skin pad that covers the ear canal (tragus) behind the ear or the hairline, where they are literally unnoticeable.

What is a Mini Facelift?

A mini facelift, also termed “the weekend lift” or the ”quick lift”, is a surgery that addresses the wrinkles and sagging skin on the lower third of your face, which is why it is also known as the lower facelift involves removing skin and minimal tightening if any of the internal lining called the SMAS. The mini facelift concentrates on the jowls, chin, cheeks and marionette lines. This facelift surgery is short and the recovery period for this procedure is fast. There is minimal swelling and very few side-effects with this procedure. The mini facelift (or the mini lower facelift) is popular among men and women with busy schedules and active lifestyles. The mini facelift does not stop the aging process, of course, but with its incredible results you can be looking 10 years younger than you would without the treatment.

How Much Does a Facelift Cost?

Facelift surgery is always considered to be a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by insurance. How much does a facelift cost is a frequently asked question, so the cost of your facelift will depend on your aesthetic goals and your overall treatment plan such as whether you need a complete facelift, mini facelift, and additional procedures such as fat transfer or eyelid procedures and laser. During a consultation, Dr. Ress will review the cost of all your options including non surgical facelift options, so when you ask how much is a facelift cost wouldn’t come off as an unpleasant financial surprise. We believe that an investment in yourself is the best investment you will ever make, therefore, we offer financing so you can achieve your aesthetic goals both physically and financially.

Pre-surgery consultation.

During your complimentary consultation, your liv plastic surgeon will determine which types of nasal contouring methods suit you best. A complete medical history will be taken as well as a physical exam. This is essential so we can discover any possible health risks in advance and manage them appropriately. Patients over age 40 or those with significant medical issues will require a preoperative medical screening exam and a full nutritional evaluation.

At the preoperative visit:

  • All your questions will be answered in great detail.
  • Postoperative instructions will be carefully reviewed with you
  • Before photographs taken
  • Post-operative prescriptions will be electronically sent to your pharmacy so you can have all your medications and supplies in place prior to your procedure.

As mentioned earlier, Dr. Ress gives his cell phone number to his post op patients so communication with the doctor is simple. At liv Plastic Surgery in Boca Raton, FL, Dr. Ress serves patients in Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Fort Lauderdale and all throughout Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Dr. Ress has performed countless successful facelift surgeries and our reputation is evidence of this. When it comes to facelift Boca Raton thanks to our Dr. Ress is a perfect solution, so if you want to start your path towards having a younger and more revitalized look, contact us today to schedule your consultation.