Facelift

shutterstock_123238657-(2)We can’t stop the aging process, but we can turn back the clock 8 to 12 years with an expertly done Facelift (Rhytidectomy). Dr. Munasifi will listen to your concerns about your appearance and create a customized surgical plan that corrects sagging jowls and cheeks, smooths wrinkles around the nose and mouth, and tightens the jaw line – all in a way that will look natural and not “done.”

Dr. Munasifi has a host of techniques available to him, and he will choose the ones that are best for your anatomy and the results you want. He tightens both the skin and the underlying tissue, including the muscles, so that the changes made during your Facelift are well-supported and long-lasting. He often also uses fat grafting during a Facelift to restore lost volume and soften facial contours. This combination provides you with the most natural look.

His training and years of experience allow him to apply both science and art to your surgery so that you look like yourself – only younger. Chances are, your friends and family will simply say, “You look great. Did you lose weight?” or “Have you started a new fitness program? You look so healthy and well-rested.”

What areas does a Facelift treat?

A Facelift with Dr. Munasifi improves signs of aging from the top of your cheeks to the middle of your neck. He takes a more holistic approach to facial rejuvenation so that you have a balanced, more youthful look.

What procedures complement a Facelift?

If you have signs of aging around the eyes or eyebrows, an Eyelid Lift or Brow Lift may be necessary. These procedures are also frequently performed concurrently with a Facelift in order to rejuvenate the entire face.

For fine surface lines and wrinkles that are caused by sun damage, laser skin rejuvenation is a wonderful non-surgical adjunct procedure to a Facelift.

If the signs of aging are not too pronounced yet, you may find that Botox® or dermal fillers are sufficient. These non-surgical treatments are temporary, but if done regularly, they can sometimes delay the need for a Facelift.

Fat Grafting is almost always included with your Facelift. This procedure uses liposuction to harvest fat cells from an area on the lower body. Only very small incisions are necessary. The fat is treated and then injected into areas of the face to restore volume and smooth out the contours. Dr. Munasifi has found this combination to provide the most beautiful and natural results.

Dr. Munasifi’s Facelift techniques are long-lasting, but the aging process does continue and varies from person to person. If you care for your skin properly and avoid significant weight loss or gain, your Facelift could last 10-12 years. Patient results will vary.

Are there different types of Facelifts?

While some practices may give different types of facelifts a variety of names, Dr. Munasifi believes in a holistic approach that rejuvenates all areas of your face and neck that have been affected by signs of aging. He will provide a Facelift for you that is as extensive as you need based on what you wish to achieve.

What kind of anesthesia is required for a Facelift?

In most cases, general anesthesia is used, and a Facelift is usually an outpatient procedure, which means you can go home the same day. Anesthesia is always provided by a Board-Certified Anesthesiologist.

You will need to have someone available to drive you home, however. Alternatively, we can provide a car service to bring you to your surgery appointment and take you home for a minimal fee, provided you have an adult to accompany you.

What happens during Face Lift surgery?

Facelift surgery takes 2-3 hours. The placement of incisions depends on your specific surgical plan, but they are placed in inconspicuous locations, usually hidden within the hairline at the temple and behind the ear, sometimes extending to the nape of the neck. In some cases, a small incision is necessary under the chin to remove fatty tissue.

Excess skin is removed in precise amounts, and fat can be removed or repositioned as necessary, in order to avoid too much tension on the skin and to create a soft, natural, youthful look. The skin and underlying tissue, including the muscles, are tightened, lifted, and sutured.

When can I return to work after a Facelift?

Most of our patients are able to leave the house the day after their procedure. Many of our patients begin working from home within 4-5 days. Some patients who are comfortable wearing scarves or camouflage makeup to cover any bruising have even returned to the office or attended social events at this point. However, if you wish to wait until most bruising has subsided, we suggest allowing a 2-week recovery period after a Facelift before returning to work.

What is recovery like after a Facelift?

When the procedure is completed, a bandage is placed around your face to minimize swelling and bruising. After a period of time in our recovery room, you can go home.

Dr. Munasifi is very particular about patient care after procedures, so he will meet with you multiple times throughout the recovery process to monitor your healing. All surgical follow-up appointments are provided free of charge, as he wants you to feel comfortable with bringing up any concerns or questions you have.

After 4-5 days, the large bandages are removed from around the face, and many patients feel comfortable going out in public wearing hats, scarves, or camouflage makeup to disguise any noticeable bruising. For the majority of the bruising and swelling to subside, however, recovery usually takes about 2-3 weeks. It’s normal to experience some soreness, bruising, tightness, numbness, itching, and swelling. We will give you a prescription for pain medication, but many patients find that non-prescription painkillers such as Tylenol are enough.

If you keep your head elevated during sleep for a few nights, you can help reduce swelling. You might also feel more comfortable sleeping on your back as you heal.

Since strenuous activity can increase blood pressure, it’s very important to avoid heavy exercise for about 6 weeks. However, being completely inactive is one of the worst things you can do after a procedure. Dr. Munasifi encourages patients to take regular long walks beginning the day after surgery. You should be able to resume light exercise after about 2 weeks.

Scars are usually not noticeable after enough time has passed for them to mature. Until that time, they are hidden by your hair. If you feel that any scar is too visible, you can use makeup to cover it further. We will also give you strategies to help the scars heal faster and better.

Rest assured that we will give you detailed instructions for your recovery, and we will be available to answer your questions and monitor your progress during follow-up examinations. Dr. Munasifi believes in providing the attention you need to feel comfortable about your procedure, and he loves getting to know his patients.

Do you think a Facelift might be right for you?

Contact us for a consultation in Arlington, VA or McLean with Dr. Munasifi. He will help you make the right decision for you. Call us today at 703.841.0399.