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Facelift

Face Surgery in Virginia Beach

We all know that aging and change go hand-in-hand. Some changes, such as wisdom and experience, are welcome. Other changes, such as the toll time takes on your physical appearance, are not as eagerly anticipated. Fortunately, you don't have to sit back and do nothing as cheeks droop and jowls form. The best age to consider cosmetic surgery is when your aging face or neck bothers you enough to correct it — when you don't look like you anymore. People who choose a facelift tend to do so to address sagging skin that makes them look older than they are (or feel) due to sagging cheeks, creases around the mouth and below the eyelids, and jowls.

The average patient age for getting a facelift in Virginia Beach is typically between 40 and 70 years old, but sometimes younger or older individuals are good candidates for the surgery due to their unique circumstances. Dr. Ben Hugo is an expert in facial aesthetics and has been performing successful facelift procedures in Virginia Beach for 20 years. His patients, no matter their age, express a high level of satisfaction with their outcomes and often refer him to family and friends.

To find out if a facelift in Virginia Beach is right for you, request a consultation by calling the team at Ben Hugo Plastic Surgery today at (757) 496-4801.

What is a Facelift?

The basic idea behind a facelift, technically known as a rhytidectomy, is to remove excess skin of the cheeks and neck that is loose and sagging. Sometimes the plastic surgeon will also tighten the underlying tissue and the platysma muscles of the neck. Contours and wrinkles are smoothed and improved, restoring balance and harmony to your appearance. This method of restoring definition to the lines and angles of your face means you simply look refreshed, rested, and healthy with a natural result instead of looking like you have been "lifted."

A facelift differs from what are considered "minimally invasive" options, such as BOTOX® injections or dermal fillers. While those cosmetics may address wrinkles or areas where volume loss has led to sagging or drooping, their effects are temporary, lasting a matter of months or, at most, a year or two. A facelift is considered permanent.

Is a Facelift Right for Me?

Known for his gentle, easy manner, Dr. Hugo allows at least one hour for his initial consultation with you. He will evaluate your skin type, facial shape, and individual needs to help you select the best procedures to restore your original, naturally youthful look.

The consultation is also for you to raise any questions you might have about a facelift, whether in general or in your specific case. Dr. Hugo works to educate each patient on the causes behind loose skin, the options they have for tightening and re-shaping their facial features, and what to expect from a procedure: what it can and can't do.

Patients who choose a facelift typically do so to address sagging, laxity, and other visual issues caused by any number of factors, including:

  • genetics, since heredity can lead to laxity problems that no amount of preventive care can halt
  • long-term effects of gravity, which pulls on fat, skin, and other tissues alike
  • exhaustion and stress, both of which can damage tissues and lead to premature signs of aging
  • environmental factors, such as UV damage and pollution, both of which can rob skin of vital natural chemicals that keep it moisturized and healthy looking

Dr. Hugo and his team of professionals offer the latest options for facial rejuvenation, which also includes non-surgical treatments with lasers, fillers, Botox® and volumizers Sculptra® and Voluma XC. Remember, though, that the effects from those treatments are temporary.

Dr. Hugo's office operating suite, located in Virginia Beach, is certified to the highest standards by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF), and his anesthetists and nurses are all ACLS certified. That means his facelift patients can be assured they are getting quality care that provides top aesthetic results while keeping their health and safety in mind.

Dr. Hugo's Experience

Dr. Hugo has specialized in performing facelift procedures for more than 30 years. He attracts a significant international clientele and, in Virginia Beach, he has built a strong reputation for his excellent aesthetic sense, attention to detail, and finesse. Dr. Hugo's patients express a high level of satisfaction with their soft, balanced, natural-looking outcomes. They look younger, more beautiful and refreshed — never pulled or stretched.

Known for his ultrasensitive handing of patients during facelift surgery, Dr. Hugo says, "I take enormous care with each patient and will schedule only one facelift per day. When people don't notice any telltale signs of surgery, I know I have done a great job." Patients have called him the ultimate artist with a scalpel.

"The physical change is sometimes dramatic, but results are so natural looking that only the surgeon and the patient will know that aesthetic plastic surgery has been performed," Dr. Hugo says.

Anyone who wants to know how real-world results impact the people who see Dr. Hugo for their surgeries can read testimonials from his patients, who enjoy the benefits from facelift and other procedures.

The Facelift Procedure

The exact extent and details of facelift surgery will vary according to individual needs. Typically, local anesthesia is used and patients are lightly asleep, breathing on their own and unaware of the entire procedure. The anesthetist controls the airway and limits the dosage and amounts of sedative drugs and analgesia used. This allows the patient to wake up quickly after the procedure and reduces any after-effects of medications.

Incisions extend in the natural line in front of the ear and continue behind the earlobe into the hair. The hair is not shaved, and the hairline is kept intact. This gives him the necessary entry points for performing a successful facelift, while also keeping the incisions in a region of the face where any scarring will be camouflaged by natural lines and folds.

The incisions allow Dr. Hugo access to the fat that sits beneath your skin. He can reposition this fat, or, in some cases, he may also remove some excess fat with liposuction. He may also add fat taken from elsewhere on the body where it isn't needed or wanted. The overall purpose is to create a youthful facial shape and contours, compensating for areas where fat loss or redistribution has led to a gaunt appearance, creases and deep folds, jowls, and more.

A small incision may be placed below the chin in order to tighten the neck muscles and remove fat.

At this point in a facelift, when the skin is re-draped over the new contours, there will likely be some excess. Dr. Hugo will remove this redundant skin and pull the rest tight, rather like creating a smooth, crisp look by tucking sheets into a freshly made bed.

The incisions will be closed with sutures, which will allow them to heal. Dr. Hugo makes every effort to close them in such a way as to create minimal scarring.

A nurse will take care of the facelift patient overnight in a recovery area within our office suite. Dressings are removed the following morning before the patient is discharged.

There may be variations to these steps is a facelift is being combined with one or more other surgical procedures at the same time.

After the Facelift Procedure

There is usually minimal discomfort for the patient after facelift surgery and, if there is, it can be lessened with oral medication. A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin behind the ear for two or three days to provide drainage and prevent a buildup of fluids. Pressure from bandages can also help to minimize subdermal fluid and blood pooling, which will help to mitigate bruising and swelling. Temporary numbness of the skin is quite normal.

You should plan to take it easy for the first week after facelift surgery while you are puffy and bruised. During this time, you should also keep your head elevated and free from pressure or contact, especially at your incision sites. This includes avoiding clothing that would need to be pulled on and off over your head, as even this could impact your sutures.

Dr. Hugo will let you know about a follow-up schedule so he can ensure that the incision sites are healing properly, that fluids are draining, and that you are staying infection free. Antibiotics can help with this.

Within a few days after your facelift, you may change from bandages to a sling that will continue to aid your healing process.

Sutures are removed after one week, and camouflage makeup can then be applied. Most patients are back at work within 10 days to two weeks following facelift surgery. By the third week, you will look and feel much better.

You will ease your way back into daily activities, avoiding strenuous exercise and sun exposure for several months. Scars from your facelift are hidden by your hair or in the natural creases of your face and ears. Usually, they fade gradually and become barely noticeable.

Dr. Ben Hugo

Dr. Ben Hugo

Whether your needs are surgical or you are simply looking to rejuvenate your appearance, Dr. Hugo and his qualified staff welcome you. Learn more about Dr. Hugo, his qualifications, and how he can help you.

Learn more about Dr. Hugo, his qualifications, and how he can help you.

Additional Procedures

Since a facelift primarily focuses on laxity on the lower half of the face, additional surgical procedures, such as eyelid surgery or a brow lift, can address sagging, puffiness, and more on the upper half. Patients may opt to combine procedures in order to maintain an overall balanced, youthful look from their forehead to their chin.

Note that a facelift will reduce the appearance of deep creases on the regions it targets, but it does not address skin quality, so it will not eliminate marks, discolorations, sun damage, or fine lines and wrinkles, especially those around the nose or upper-lip area.

Limited laser resurfacing can be performed at the same time as a facelift in order to enhance the result by giving your skin a more even, smooth, and fresh appearance. Of course, skin treatments will also be available in the months and years after a facelift, so you can continue to address surface issues as they arise.

All of these options, as well as the realistic expectations and limitations of the facelift and other surgeries, will be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Hugo.

How Long Will Facelift Results Last?

Facelift surgery will turn back the clock five to 15 years. Once a facelift is completed, it is permanent in the sense that it never "lets go" and never suddenly "falls again." The effects of facelift surgery are lasting and, years later, you will continue to look better than if you had never had a facelift at all.

Understand, though, that having a facelift does not stop the ongoing effects of aging that will continue at the normal rate. Happily, new technologies, such as fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing, can maintain the quality of the skin to a significant extent. The vast majority of facelift patients will never require the procedure again.

You can talk to Dr. Hugo about what to expect in the years after your facelift surgery, as well as the ways aging takes a toll on skin, fat, and other tissue before and after getting a procedure done.

What Else Should I Know About a Facelift?

With an excellent artistic sense, Dr. Hugo has built a reputation for consistently providing natural-looking results for his patients. Before and after photos of Dr. Hugo's facelift and other patients in the Virginia Beach area are available to help you visualize the possibilities.

Remember that Dr. Hugo and his staff pride themselves on their transparency and their commitment to providing superior service, including by thoroughly educating patients on their procedure of choice. Don't hesitate to ask questions and be honest about the results you are seeking.

To find out if a facelift is right for you, contact us at (757) 496-4801 to request your personalized consultation.
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