Facelift & Neck Lift

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Creating a Natural AppearanceFacelift Alternatives

Perhaps no procedure is more associated with plastic surgery than the facelift. Phoenix and Scottsdale women and men count on this surgery as one of the most effective ways to reverse the aging process. Many people think that all plastic surgeons have a single type of face lift technique that is used for every patient. The reality is that many different techniques exist to address each patient’s unique needs. Dr. Steven Sigalove and Dr. Terry Maffi personalize facelift procedures for each patient’s unique facial structure and aesthetic goals.

Receive a cosmetic consultation with Dr. Sigalove or Dr. Maffi to learn more about facelift and neck lift surgery. Our facility is conveniently located for women and men living in Tempe, Paradise Valley and other areas of Greater Phoenix.

Facelift – Creating a Natural Appearance

When our plastic surgeons evaluate a face for rejuvenation, this take all of its parts into consideration including the forehead, cheeks, eyes, chin and neck. They even look at such things as the nasal tip and the earlobes, which can, in some people, droop and add to an aged appearance. It is very important for us to assess each face in its entirety, because the final goal of face lift surgery for Scottsdale and Phoenix residents is a natural, aesthetic appearance. The various parts of a face maintain a natural balance during the aging process, and if the different components become too “out of sync,” a person’s face can take on an unnatural appearance. In some people, certain facial regions appear to age faster than other parts, and in these cases, more limited rejuvenation can achieve an excellent result.

Contrary to popular belief, the majority of patients seeking plastic surgery are not women who, for the first time in their later years, seek out a plastic surgeon and ask for “the works.” We have seen a trend in which women and men seek rejuvenation at a much younger age and ask for less extensive “maintenance”-type procedures. Because both of these situations do arise, we have a range of techniques available to fit the needs of each individual patient.

Facelift Alternatives

In the milder cases of facial aging, a subtle removal of excess skin combined with a skin-fitness program can significantly improve a patient’s youthful appearance. Often, our surgeons will also recommend facial resurfacing with laser or a chemical peel if the skin has signs of significant sundamage or fine wrinkling. Our aesthetician is an expert on these topics and is open to discuss different options with our patients. In more advanced cases of facial aging, re-contouring the deeper tissues of the face and neck, in addition to excess skin removal, may be needed to provide the best outcome. Sometimes, a brow lift, eyelid surgery, or other facial cosmetic surgery procedures are added at the same time to maintain facial harmony.

Browlift is a general term which refers to surgical rejuvenation of the forehead and eyebrows. Different techniques can be used to alter the position of the eyebrows, or adjust the height of the forehead and hairline. A browlift can also improve skin laxity of the upper lids.

Facelift and necklift surgery addresses the drooping of the cheeks, jawline and neck. This surgery rejuvenates the facial appearance with incisions that are hidden by the ears and occasionally a small incision underneath the chin. The goal for this surgery is a natural, younger appearance. In some patients, a mini-facelift accomplishes this result, while those with more severe aging often need careful contouring of the deeper tissues and a gentle re-draping of the skin.

Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) includes surgery of the upper and/or lower lids. This surgery is often combined with other facial procedures, and is used to brighten and improve the appearance of tired or baggy appearing eyes.

Regardless of which techniques our patients and our surgeons choose, we always strive for a natural result. People, in general, do not want to look excessively pulled, and they do not want to look like someone else. It has been our board-certified plastic surgeons’ experience that patients just want to look like a younger, natural, and refreshed version of themselves.

If you are interested in learning more about what to expect during the recovery process following a facelift, we encourage you to read our Post-Op FAQ (frequently asked questions) about post-operative issues such as care for incisions, time away from work, and ability to engage in exercise and other activities.

Take the Next Step

Request a cosmetic consultation online or call (480) 423-1973 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sigalove or Dr. Maffi. Either surgeon will be happy to answer any questions you may have about facial sculpting procedures. Board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Sigalove and Dr. Maffi welcome patients from all over Arizona, as well as other states and countries. Their facility serves Scottsdale, Phoenix and Paradise Valley.

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