Many men and women in Denver enjoy the outdoor lifestyle but this, along with the natural effects of aging, can take a toll on your face. Eventually, more advanced cosmetic changes like sagging skin and loss of definition may occur. If you are dissatisfied with the changes that age and genetics can cause, you may want to explore the benefits of a facelift.

    Formally called a rhytidectomy, this surgical procedure combats some of the most frustrating aspects of the aging process: sagging and loosening skin. The elastic and fibrous proteins in our body begin to wear out with age. As a result, our skin and the underlying structural tissues stretch without the same ability to recoil. This process occurs from head to toe, but on our face – which is how we’re recognized by the world – it can feel especially significant. By reversing these effects, the procedure allows you to take back some control over the aging process, restoring the face you’re used to seeing in the mirror.

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    Ready to explore your options for a facelift? Reach out to Schmidt Facial Plastic Surgery to schedule your consultation with Dr. Jeffrey Schmidt.

    Choosing an Expert for Your Facelift in Denver

    It’s important to choose a surgeon who specializes in plastic surgery of the face. During his fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Jeffrey Schmidt was mentored by a surgeon widely regarded on the international level as one of the foremost experts in the field of facial rejuvenation. As an expert in facial plastic surgery, Dr. Schmidt prides himself on being able to bring this invaluable knowledge and experience to the patients he treats every day at his facial plastic surgery practice located in the Denver Tech Center (DTC) of south Denver.

    Dr. Schmidt is inspired by the way facial plastic surgery procedures can be life-changing for patients. He performs each procedure while respecting the integrity of the patient’s anatomy, allowing men and women in Denver to achieve the most natural-looking results. When you choose Dr. Schmidt to perform your facelift, you can be assured that the procedure will be carried out with the highest level of care and attention.

    Who Is an Ideal Candidate for a Facelift?

    Ideal candidates for a rhytidectomy include healthy, non-smoking men and women who are no longer happy with the appearance of their face due to cosmetic changes. These changes may include:

    • Sagging skin on the face and neck
    • Laxity in skin and muscle tone of the face and neck
    • Development of jowls
    • Deep creases or wrinkles that cannot be improved with dermal fillers or injectable wrinkle reduction
    • An expression that always looks tired, angry, or sad because of drooping or wrinkled skin

    There is no ideal age for treatment, but if you feel dissatisfied with the above cosmetic concerns, then it might be time to consider how a facelift could benefit you. To see examples of results from prior patients, feel free to browse our before-and-after photo gallery.

    Your Facelift with Schmidt Facial Plastic Surgery

    World-Class Service and Privacy

    Dr. Schmidt understands how much patients value comfort and discretion when undergoing a facelift, which is why he is dedicated to providing world-class service every step of the way. His Denver plastic surgery office has a private exit and a private waiting room for surgical patients. And for out-of-town patients, Schmidt Facial Plastic Surgery offers concierge services to assist in finding accommodations, transportation, and other arrangements. From start to finish, Dr. Schmidt wants to ensure that your plastic surgery experience is a positive one.

    How Facelifts Work

    Rhytidectomy procedures re-position sagging soft tissues to bring your face back to its youthful appearance. Dr. Schmidt specializes in creating a personalized, natural appearance so that you can essentially turn back the clock to look refreshed rather than looking obviously altered.

    Gone are the days of the “windswept” look that many patients want to avoid. Instead, Dr. Schmidt will lift the deeper tissues of the face, trimming away any loose and excess skin. He does not stretch the skin but elevates and repositions the skin, underlying tissues, and muscles. Dr. Schmidt carefully camouflages his surgical incisions within the hairline or natural facial boundaries, which makes scars nearly invisible after healing. Whether you’d like a full rhytidectomy or a mini-facelift, Dr. Schmidt is happy to customize the procedure to your individual conditions and goals.

    You can expect to enjoy the following benefits from facial plastic surgery:

    • Younger, Refreshed Appearance:  The procedure targets some of the most frustrating signs of aging, like stubborn creases, “furrow” lines, and jowls. Once these signs of aging are removed, a more refreshed, youthful appearance will be revealed.
    • Customized Rejuvenation: A rhytidectomy is a highly customized procedure, allowing you to look your best without drastically altering your appearance. Dr. Schmidt performs each surgery while respecting the natural contours and tension lines of the face for optimal results.
    • Restore Confidence: When men and women have cosmetic concerns on the face, it can be a source of distress every day. Reversing the signs of age will reflect an outward appearance that is more aligned with your true self, allowing your confidence to return.

    Revision Facelift

    Some patients seeking facial rejuvenation in Denver may have already undergone a procedure in the past. Facial rejuvenation surgery does not stop the aging process. As such, patients often like to maintain their results as they age. For patients like these, a revision or “tuck up” offers just the right amount of rejuvenation to keep up a smooth, youthful look.

    Your Consultation for a Facelift

    Dr. Schmidt understands that the decision to undergo facial surgery is one that needs to be carefully considered, which is why he strives to make patients feel completely comfortable as they begin their journey toward considering cosmetic enhancements. He and his staff have created an environment that cultivates trust, comfort, and privacy. From the moment you are greeted at his Denver office, you’ll understand why so many patients have trusted him with their surgical care. You can expect to receive courteous, world-class service during every interaction with Dr. Schmidt and his entire staff.

    During your consultation, Dr. Schmidt will address any questions or concerns you may have about your surgery, including what techniques would best suit you and any limitations of the procedure. Overall, his goal is to provide you with honest, informative advice that will help you make the decision that’s best for you.

    Dr. Schmidt will also help you explore additional procedures that may provide optimal rejuvenation. Common procedures that patients choose to be performed with their facelift include blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)lip augmentation,  PureGraft fat transfer, and skin resurfacing, among others. Though multiple procedures can require a higher upfront investment, bundling them together will result in savings overall by eliminating the repeat costs of anesthesia, laboratory fees, medications, and other costs associated with operation and recovery. In addition, a comprehensive procedure allows for one recovery time, allowing you to return to the activities you enjoy sooner.

    Dr. Schmidt’s priority is to provide personalized and cost-effective procedures for each patient. For patients who live outside of the Denver area, Dr. Schmidt can conduct preliminary consultations over the phone or webcam via Skype or Facetime.

    Facelift – Frequently Asked Questions

    How Long Will the Results Last?

    The answer is different for everyone, with countless environmental and genetic factors playing a part. Generally speaking, the aging process continues even after your procedure. In other words, treatment can push the clock backward, but it won’t stop it. However, when paired with a healthy lifestyle, you can expect fairly long-lasting results from your surgery. Dr. Schmidt also provides maintenance procedures, otherwise known as a revision (or “tuck up”), to keep skin smooth and youthful into the future.

    What Can I Expect from Recovery After Facelift Surgery?

    Since you will be under the effects of anesthesia, you will need to have a responsible adult drive you home after your rhytidectomy. Many patients also find it beneficial to have a friend or caregiver help out at home for the first day or two after their facelift surgery. This will allow you to get the most out of your recovery period.

    Most patients do not experience significant discomfort after their rhytidectomy procedure, and any pain you do feel can usually be controlled with prescription pain medication. Initially, you may experience a feeling of tightness or tenderness on your face. Swelling and bruising can last anywhere from a few days up to two weeks, and you will likely be able to return to work and your regular daily activities within 10-14 days. However, you should avoid strenuous exercise for at least three or four weeks.

    What Kind of Anesthesia is Used?

    Rhytidectomy procedures are typically performed under IV sedation by a qualified anesthesia provider.

    Where Will My Procedure be Performed?

    Most rhytidectomy procedures will be performed in Schmidt Facial Plastic Surgery’s on-site operating room. This beautiful, state-of-the-art surgical facility maintains the highest standards for your safety. Your preoperative consultation, your procedure, and your follow-up visits will all take place in the same location, offering the utmost in comfort and convenience for patients, as well as a continuity of care.

    Are There Any Potential Complications from a Facelift?

    Complications from a rhytidectomy procedure are rare, especially when performed by a board-certified facial plastic surgeon. However, as with any surgery, complications are still a risk. General complications from a facelift include poor reaction to anesthesia, infection, or undesirable scarring.

    Will I Have Visible Scars After My Surgery?

    Many patients are concerned about the appearance of scars following their procedure. Dr. Schmidt takes great care during your rhytidectomy procedure to hide incisions along the hairline or on natural facial boundaries. In most cases, scars are virtually undetectable after surgery.

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