Facelift in Charlotte, NC
The Refine Institute offers facelifts to the residents of Charlotte, Concord, and the surrounding communities in North Carolina and South Carolina.
A facelift is the traditional cosmetic procedure to correct problems such as sagging, wrinkles, and creases that occur on your face, around your eyes, the corners of your mouth, and your jawline. Our faces play an important role in our self-confidence and also help us communicate our emotions. A beautiful smile and sparkling eyes are not as effective with wrinkles and deep creases making them look older and tired.
“Nutrition and skin health go hand in hand.”
– Dr. Pratt
Facelift vs Blended Cheek & Neck Lift
The Blended Cheek & Neck Lift procedure is intended to address the effects of aging in a patient’s lower face, neck, and jowls. In most cases, this procedure has replaced the traditional “facelift.” As we age, the factors of time and gravity result in a loss of facial muscle tone and skin elasticity. The cheeks begin to sag, creating jowls and distorting the jaw line. Loose skin appears in the neck, often referred to as a double chin or “turkey neck.” Deep creases between the nose and mouth or below your lower eyelid may form. Blended cheek & neck lift surgery can “set back the clock” by rejuvenating the face, improving the most visible signs of aging by removing excess fat and skin, tightening underlying muscles, and re-draping the skin of your face and neck, thereby restoring your more youthful facial contours.
As a firm believer in using the most advanced techniques, Dr. Pratt favors the “deep plane” technique also referred to as the “SMAS Lift.” Unlike procedures that simply address sagging skin, the deep plane facelift repositions the deeper underlying tissue called the “SMAS layer.” Pulling this layer back to a more youthful state allows the re-draped skin to sit naturally in its new position. As both the skin and underlying tissue are lifted together, the tightly pulled windswept look that can accompany a traditional facelift done improperly is avoided. It also alleviates tension on the incision lines which minimizes visible scarring, although the incisions are well hidden within the hairline behind the temples and in the natural contours of the face and ear.
In conjunction with the blended cheek & neck lift, fat may be sculpted or redistributed from the face, jowls, and neck. Skin is re-draped over the uplifted contours, and excess skin is trimmed away. Sutures or skin adhesives close the incisions. Dr. Pratt uses the latest advances used by only a handful of surgeons which greatly minimize bruising and swelling, reduce the risk of hematoma (bleeding under the skin), and alleviate the need for drainage tubes. The overall effect is a more natural refreshed appearance than simply having tightened the skin.
During your consultation, Dr. Pratt will evaluate your skin, muscle, bone structure, and other specific conditions that may have contributed to your aging appearance and then tailor the procedure to your individual needs for the best result. A blended cheek & neck lift, which primarily addresses the lower face and neck, is often combined with other facial cosmetic procedures such as a blepharoplasty and/or chin liposuction to achieve your cosmetic goals.
Additional procedures that may further enhance the outcome of a blended cheek & neck lift may include the following:
- Resurfacing techniques (such as peels) or DOT (link) therapy to improve the tone and texture of facial skin
- Wrinkle reduction with Botox® (link) injection that may be recommended prior to your facelift (to help underlying muscles fully relax before repositioning and tightening) or after your facelift surgery to help maintain results
Although a blended cheek & neck lift will not change your basic appearance or stop the aging process, it will restore a younger you that will then continue to age naturally over time.
What is the Cost of a Facelift in Charlotte?
The cost for a facelift varies depending on the extent of surgery necessary to achieve optimum results. The Refine Institute offers financing options to help you achieve your goals.
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The Refine Institute provides personalized care to residents of Charlotte, Concord, and the surrounding communities in North Carolina and South Carolina with state-of-the-art technology for optimal health, aesthetics, and patient satisfaction. To receive more information or schedule a consultation, call 704-931-8048 to speak with our friendly staff.