Facelift/Rhytidectomy/Mini Lift/Midface Lift | Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA

As seen on Discovery Health "Plastic Surgery Beverly Hills", a rejuvenated and refreshed appearance is achieved through a facelift, necklift, upper and lower blepharoplasty.


How we age
It seems that everyone, at some point between their 40's and 50s, has looked into the mirror and pulled back the sagging skin around their face and eyes. The signs of aging become increasingly apparent as the fullness in the face decreases through volume loss and the skin and folds start sagging. Facial fillers are initially a quick fix to help to fill the facial folds and lines, however with continued gravity and age the exploration into surgical options is inevitable.

Dr. Edween has always emphasized natural rejuvenation, and understands that many women want to something done to their face, but are scared to look unnatural. Her reputation for her artistic sense combined with superior surgical skill has drawn many patients from around the world to seek her expertise. Dr. Edween has a background and specialty in Facial Plastic Surgery and Facial Reconstructive surgery making her a uniquely qualified specialist.

During your consultation Dr. Edween with review the different options you have on how to naturally rejuvenate ones face. Procedures can range from harvesting fat from one area of the body and transferring it into the face, to targeted face lifting procedures specifically aimed at lift the area of sagging and restoring youthful contours.

What is a facelift?
A Facelift is a surgical procedure that repositions sagging muscles, fat and tissue combined with reducing of excess skin of the face, jaw line and neck. There are specific surgical procedures that lift distinct anatomical areas, which may include the mid face, jaw line, neck, or a combination of them. For instance, a forehead/brow lift corrects the sagging skin from the corner of the eyes upward to the eyebrows and forehead, can be combined with a midface lift surgery that lifts the mid face and cheek area. If a comprehensive rejuvenation is desired, then several procedures, including a browlift, full facelift and necklift may be necessary for total rejuvenation to a more youthful appearance. Since individual part of the face age at a different rates, Dr. Edween will design your specific facial surgery to restore the balance of the rejuvenation, so all the parts of the face appear to be aging at the same time.

The goal of restoring your natural looks involves placing volume back into the right places, and tightening the skin to restore natural contours. If the skin is stretched too tight, a wind tunnel or unnatural outcome will result, a look that was commonly seen in years past. Patients have evolved to understand that rejuvenation is not about overstretching and tightly pulling out each line and wrinkle. Nowadays it is about natural results and rejuvenation. A successful natural outcome is when patients look rested and refreshed, without the telltale signs of surgery. Dr. Edween is a well-trained surgeon with a critical artistic eye who states "My patients don't want the tell tale signs of a facelift, they just simply want to look refreshed."

Right now there are many different techniques and options to customize facial rejuvenation depending a patients anatomy, specific needs and desires. There are facelift techniques with catchy trade names and numerous advertisements in the name of facial rejuvenation, and it becomes confusing to figure which works the best. In fact, each surgeon has their several variations to how they perform a facelift, depending on the patient's anatomy and needs.

There are many different types of facial rejuvenation such as:
Traditional Facelift
Deep Plane Facelift
Midface lift
Short scar facelift
Mini facelift/Limited incision facelift
Liquid face lift (Using fillers or fat


The procedure
In general, a facelift usually extends below the skin to address the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS) by repositioning underlying facial muscles and removing any excess skin. A truly complete and comprehensive facelift with the most natural outcome will lift tissues to their original position, reduce excess skin and restore volume loss to the face. A full facelift incision begins in the temporal area above the ear, follows the contour of the cartilage of the ear, curves around the earlobe and continues up the back of the fades into the hairline.  Dr. Edween hides the incision within natural creases and the hairline, so patients can still wear their hair back, without feeling self-conscious about their scars.

What to expect
Surgery is performed as an outpatient, it is recommended that you stay in an approved recovery facility after the procedure.

An anesthesiologist will provide either a general or IV sedation anesthetic

Bruising and swelling are to be expected after the procedure, it may take months for all the swelling to go down and about 6 months for the scars to fade.

You may have a compression head garment or a drain depending on your type of procedure. The compression garment controls swelling and supports the newly sculpted skin and tissues.

Factors that influence the speed of healing include patient's skin, general medical health, medications, physical fitness as well as one underlying emotional attitude.

Exercise is prohibited until about 4-6 weeks, and only after Dr. Edween has evaluated your healing progress.

Recommended recovery time is on average 14 days. On day 14 most of the swelling has subsided to the point that patients may wear makeup, color their hair and return to work and their social activities. Most patients feel confident enough to start enjoying their new youthful look after about a month.

How long does it last?

Will I have to get this done again? Once you have had a facelift, time continues to pass, age progresses and gravity continues to take its toll. Recognize that at 10 years you will not look as youthful as 4 to 5 years after surgery, but you will always look younger than if you had not had the procedure.

As time passes, unwanted age related changes begin to surface and patients may wish to maintain the structure of your face and neck to a more youthful appearance. Secondary facelifts or small revision "tuck-up" procedures may be performed in 8-10 years after the original procedure.

Please feel free to contact the office of Dr. Julie Edween if you are interested in facial rejuvenation through a facelift procedure and would like to schedule a consultation. Dr. Edween is dedicated to serve patients in Beverly Hills, Hollywood, and greater Los Angeles, California. You can get started by calling us at (310) 859 8885 today.

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