For most people, caring about the way they look is not a result of vanity. Concern for your appearance often comes from a place of healthy self-love. During our younger years, enjoying the way we look doesn’t require too much effort. However, as we begin to age, it can take a little more work to feel that confidence in your physical appearance. Makeup won’t conceal sagging skin, under-eye bags, or excess fat around the jawline. When these issues start to wear on your satisfaction with your appearance, plastic surgery in Lubbock may be the right solution for you. At Rowley Plastic Surgery, we offer procedures that can help boost your confidence. When you are happy with the way you look, you can feel more positivity in other areas of your life. Here’s a look at some of the plastic surgery options that can help you achieve your cosmetic goals.
Your identity as an individual begins with your face. It’s the first thing people remember about you and it’s what they associate with your name after first meeting you. The effects of the aging process will eventually catch up to each of us as we begin to see a worn out or tired appearance take over. The wrinkles and lines do not reflect the person we are inside or the way we feel about ourselves, but they can take a toll on our confidence levels.
While there are many benefits of a facelift, the advantages go far beyond restoring your natural youthful look. This plastic surgery in Lubbock allows your personality and confidence to radiate from your face as you enjoy the years to come. A facelift rejuvenates your appearance by targeting different problems in several different areas.
Repair Loose Skin
Over time, your skin and muscles lose their youthful elasticity and tone. Combined with the effects of gravity and genetics, the skin can take on a saggy appearance that can make you look old and tired. Aging causes the elasticity in the skin to relax leading to that saggy-skin appearance we see over time. During your facelift your surgeon will carefully trim and tighten the skin on your face to restore the youthful and natural look you desire. Dr. Jane Rowley has the surgical expertise and artistry to lift the face in a natural way without overly pulling or tightening the skin. For more Dr. Rowley’s thoughts on facelifts, watch the video below.
Tighten Facial Muscles
Tightening the skin and the superficial muscle layer under the skin helps to restore a younger-looking appearance. The superficial musculo-aponeurotic system (SMAS), or the underlying structures of your face, will also loosen and sag due to weakness from aging. While trimming and lifting skin during your plastic surgery in Lubbock, your plastic surgeon will first tighten and correct this underlying structure to support a more aesthetic configuration. This restructuring will also help reduce the strain on your skin over time and help the results of your procedure last longer.
Improve Deep Wrinkles
Have you heard of the latest laser treatment that claims to be the miracle solution you need to make you look younger? There are many trendy non-surgical options intended to smooth out unwanted facial wrinkles. Many patients are tempted to try these procedures to avoid having plastic surgery in Lubbock. The truth is, some wrinkles are too deep and can only adequately be improved with a facelift. A facelift is the only procedure proven to correct deep creases and wrinkles that form because of muscle tone loss and saggy skin. If you are tempted to try the newest laser treatment for facial wrinkles, just remember that the results will not be as dramatic or last as long as they would with a traditional facelift with a talented plastic surgeon.
Erase the Effects of the Aging Process
As we get older, time and gravity aren’t always kind to our faces and we can end up looking tired and old long before we actually feel that way. Many women experience less definition around their neck and chin areas. Sometimes deep wrinkles will appear around the nose and mouth. A properly trained and experienced plastic surgeon can rejuvenate the overall appearance of your face, chin, and neck to give you a healthier, younger-looking appearance. When considering facelift plastic surgery in Lubbock for the right reasons, you can have an improved self-image which leads to greater confidence. With proper care and healthy living choices, you can expect the results of your facelift to last for many years.
If you are considering a lift for your face, you probably have many questions. It is always a good idea to bring your questions and concerns to your plastic surgeon, but here are some answers to the most common questions about facelift plastic surgery in Lubbock.
- What does the surgery involve? Facelift surgery takes approximately 2-3 hours and requires the use of a general anesthetic. The surgeon tightens the face by removing excess skin through incisions near the hairline. Incision length varies depending on how much excess skin needs to be removed. The skin is elevated so the superficial facial muscles can be tightened as well. Additional procedures such as liposuction and laser resurfacing are often done to further enhance the final results of a facelift. When the procedure is complete, patients wake with a dressing and a small drain (kept in place for the first 24 hours).
- What Should I Expect During Recovery? After your procedure, you should plan to have someone stay with you for at least the first two days. You may experience some pain initially, but your doctor will prescribe medication to help ease discomfort. Dr. Rowley informs her patients that facelift recovery is not as painful or difficult as many people think. Experience varies from patient to patient, but most people can resume their normal activities within a few weeks. Sutures are removed one week after your facelift plastic surgery in Lubbock and you can expect to return to work after about 10-14 days. Swelling can last up to 6-8 weeks, but is significantly improved after 2-3 weeks.
- How much younger will I look? According to a 2011 study published in the medical journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, facelift patients reported the procedure took about 12 years off their appearance. In addition, the majority of study participants reported improved self-esteem and quality of life. A well-qualified plastic surgeon can achieve a stunning outcome on the right patient. It is important to remember that the results will look different on each patient, and that a facelift will not stop the aging process. However, the lifting and tightening of the facial skin and muscles refreshes your look dramatically.
- How long will my facelift results last? On average, facelift results will last about 10 years. But the longevity of your outcome depends on several factors, including your skin elasticity, the method used by your plastic surgeon, and how well you care for your skin after surgery. Daily use of sunscreen and a healthy diet can go a long way in preserving the rejuvenation of your face. Dr. Rowley tightens the facial muscles with each facelift she performs, which also helps her patients’ results last as long as possible. Even 10 years after your procedure, you should still look younger than you would if you had not undergone a facelift.
Rejuvenation for the Eyes
A facelift tightens and lifts the skin on the lower two-thirds of the face. The upper portion, including the eye area, is not affected unless the patient chooses to include another procedure such as laser resurfacing. Dr. Rowley’s patients also have the option to have blepharoplasty, or an upper/lower eyelid lift, to brighten tired eyes. She has performed this procedure successfully for more than 20 years, and can achieve dramatic results on the right patient. Dr. Rowley has said, “The upper eyelids are the procedure that can give a patient the most significant change in their appearance with the most minimal surgical recovery.” If you are looking for a way to rejuvenate your eye area, blepharoplasty could be the right plastic surgery in Lubbock for you.
An eyelid lift is a short surgery that has fast results. It is an effective way to brighten your look if you have excess skin on the upper or lower eyelids. Bags and puffiness can also be eliminated from the lower eyelids. The upper eyelids can be lifted in about 30 minutes with the use of a local anesthetic and mild sedation. A lower eyelid lift also takes about 30 minutes but typically requires general anesthesia. After surgery, patients will need to apply ice to the eyes as much as possible and should rest for 2-3 days. Your doctor will remove your sutures after 5-7 days and swelling usually resolves in 6-8 weeks.
If you have under eye bags or puffiness, a lower eyelid lift can offer significant cosmetic improvement. However, the surgery is more complicated than the procedure for the upper eyelids. Every patient has unique skin quality, face shape, cheekbone placement, and existing skin laxity, adding to the complexity of the surgery. Dr. Rowley spent her training years in New York with some of the world’s top plastic surgeons and there she learned exactly how to approach this procedure. To achieve the best possible results for her patients, Dr. Rowley performs transconjunctival lower eyelid blepharoplasty with laser resurfacing as needed.
Add Definition to the Chin and Neck
The sagging in your face can continue down to your chin and neck. A facelift can also target your neck and chin giving your face a more sculpted look. Tightening the skin on your neck and taking away the excess fat in the area of your jowls provides you with a more defined neck and chin.
A facelift will restore youth to the cheeks and eye area, but many people do not realize the importance of the neck and jawline. This plastic surgery in Lubbock can be paired with liposuction to better define the neck or jowl area. The effect is slimming and can take even more years off your look than a facelift alone. Removing just a small amount of fatty tissue under the chin has a dramatic effect with minimal recovery time. Watch the video below to learn how Dr. Rowley can give you excellent results with submental liposuction.
Some patients experience cosmetic issues with their neck area before they start to see the typical signs of aging in their face. Submental liposuction has proven to be an effective plastic surgery tool for patients who struggle with excess fat around the chin and jawline. A double chin can cause you to look heavier or older than you are, and can decrease satisfaction with your appearance. Submental liposuction is a quick, straightforward plastic surgery in Lubbock that yields beautiful results.
Using a small suction device called a cannula, your plastic surgeon can remove fat from the chin and neck region, revealing a younger, more defined neck and jawline. The procedure is easily done during an office visit using a local anesthetic. Submental liposuction takes just 20-30 minutes and results in very little, if any, scarring. Although swelling may last up to 4-6 weeks, most patients can return to normal activities within two days. With this quick office procedure and a couple days of downtime, you could look thinner, younger, and rejuvenate your confidence.
Get Natural Results from Plastic Surgery in Lubbock
Dr. Jane Rowley has the knowledge and skills to give you the natural results you want from facial plastic surgery. She takes the time to answer questions and fully inform her patients before any procedure. With over two decades of plastic surgery experience, she understands what it takes to give her patients results that are tailored to their specific needs. Experience the difference you’ll find with Dr. Rowley today. Call our office today to schedule your no-obligation consultation and explore your options for plastic surgery in Lubbock.