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The aging process does not spare any of us, as the natural process affects our appearance over time as well as our self-confidence much of the time. There are many reasons behind the changes, including sun exposure, cigarette smoke and environmental pollution that sap the dermal structure of collagen and cause skin sagging and wrinkle formation. Fortunately, there are safe and successful ways to reverse those signs of aging today, restoring our youthful radiance and smoothing away those telltale symptoms.

San Antonio Facelift Surgeon Dr. Yu offers a facelift to eliminate visible signs of facial aging like sagging skin, jowls and deep creases or folds in the skin. This procedure works into the underlying structure, tightening muscles and repositioning tissue to create a natural, uplifted appearance. Dr. Yu also meticulously trims away loose skin to produce a smoother, firmer look on the skin’s surface. Aging may be considered natural, but a facelift gives you the opportunity to age beautifully, restoring your youthful vitality and your confidence at the same time.

Benefits of Facelift Surgery

A facelift is a surgery, which involves incisions, anesthesia and some recovery time. However, the benefits of this treatment are both far-reaching and long-lasting. Some of the advantages you can expect to enjoy after a facelift include:

  • Firmer skin in the mid and lower face
  • Repositioned fat and tissue for a lifted midface and cheekbones
  • Visible reduction in fine lines and deeper facial creases
  • Improved definition along the jawline
  • Elimination of jowls along the jawline
  • Reduction in submental fat under the chin

A facelift in San Antonio by Dr. Kenneth Yu will offer numerous changes, so you look like yourself only enhanced and younger. You can also combine your facelift with other procedures to give you even better results. For example, Dr. Yu frequently combines a facelift with a neck lift or liposuction of the neck to further improve the jawline and reduce the double chin appearance. You can also opt for eyelid surgery or a brow lift with your facelift. Dr. Yu will discuss your desired results at length before your surgery to determine which procedures will help you reach your goals best.

Candidates for Facelift

Dr. Yu recommends facelift surgery for healthy men and women seeking to improve the contour of the face and neck. The best candidates are looking to achieve a natural and rejuvenated appearance, without obvious signs they had plastic surgery performed. To ensure your facelift procedure is both safe and successful, you need to be in good health and have realistic expectations of what this procedure can do for you. Smokers will be advised against having the procedure since nicotine affects the body’s ability to tolerate surgery and heal well. If you smoke, you may be able to have the procedure if you quit many weeks before and after your procedure.

Procedure Details

Dr. Yu performs a facelift in his San Antonio practice using two different techniques:

Short Scar Lift

Also known as a mini facelift, this procedure is a good choice for patients with mild to moderate signs of aging. While the procedure does not provide as much correction as a full facelift, patients have the advantage of shorter scars, less post-operative scarring and a quicker recovery process.

Traditional Facelift

The full facelift offers the ability to remove more skin and perform additional positioning of underlying tissue for more dramatic results. Although incisions tend to be longer with this surgery, Dr. Yu hides them inside the hairline or the natural creases of the skin to keep visible scarring to a minimum. Recovery from a full facelift takes a bit longer, but your results will be more intense and last even longer in most cases.

Surgery is performed with general anesthesia or sedation, depending on the technique used and the patient’s preference. Most of our patients head home after this outpatient procedure within a matter of hours so that they can recuperate comfortably in their own home.

Facelift Recovery

You should expect to have some mild discomfort, swelling and bruising after facelift surgery. Use of ice packs and sleeping with the head elevated will help to relieve these symptoms. Dr. Yu’s patients are usually back to their daily routines within two weeks, although strenuous exercise should be restricted for up to one month or longer to ensure the surgical site heals completely.

Full results of a facelift are seen within three to four months, as swelling completely subsides. Those results should last for up to 10 years, depending on the specific procedure you had performed and how well you care for your skin after surgery. If signs of aging begin to appear once again, Dr. Yu offers both surgical and non-surgical treatments to help you maintain your youthful appearance even longer.

Don’t let signs of aging get in the way of your appearance or your self-confidence. Contact Dr. Kenneth Yu today at (210) 876-6868 to find out how we can help you turn back the clock and enjoy a rejuvenated new look.

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