Your face can be said to be a map of your personality. It is the visible mark of your character, vitality and beauty. Unfortunately, it is also one of the first places to show the telltale signs of aging. Wrinkles, laugh lines, sagging skin, flattened cheeks, even sagging jowls can set in, preventing you from looking your best. This is where Dr. Marcus can help you, by delivering among the best facelift Manhattan Beach has available.
Why a facelift?
A facelift, less commonly referred to as a rhytidectomy, can beautifully restore youthfulness, vitality and suppleness, reviving not only the skin, but also one’s self-confidence and lust for life.
Depleted facial contours are sculpted and refined, while the profile is tightened and toned. Temporary solutions such as dermal fillers and injectables can offer limited improvement, but only a surgical facelift can accomplish the type of pronounced, dramatic changes that hold up over the long run.
Are you a candidate?
A good candidate for a facelift would have issues such as those delineated below.
- Is experiencing sagging facial and neck skin, but has retained partial elasticity
- Has retained adequate bone structure in the face
- Is typically between 40 and 65 years of age
- Is mentally and physically in good health
- Has realistic expectations
- Seeks improvement, not perfection
Dr. Marcus is famous for achieving incredibly natural looking results, taking years off your face. He performs a refined procedure known as the 'SMAS' facelift. This is truly an artful procedure, which as a facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Marcus has mastered.
SMAS facelift - what is it?
SMAS is an acronym for Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System. It is the layer of tissue that covers, surrounds and attaches to the deeper tissues and structures of the face and neck, including the entire cheek area. It also attaches to the platysma—the superficial muscle covering the lower face and neck.
Surgically elevating the SMAS helps to reposition all tissues and structures of the face to a higher and more youthful position.
The 'SMAS' weighs more than the skin itself. As such, this weight can drag the skin downward. During the 'SMAS' procedure Dr. Marcus is actually lifting the underlying muscle and tissue, rather than just stretching the skin taut over a drooping face. Incisions are typically made inconspicuously at the hairline, minimizing scarring.
The result is years taken off your appearance and the return to your once youthful state—all while looking completely NATURAL. By not placing great tension on the skin, and instead placing it on the more robust deeper tissues, the result will never look "wind-blown" or "done." You will be able to confidently return to your social scene looking totally refreshed within a few weeks of your procedure. With Dr. Marcus' unrelenting expertise, you will be receiving one of the best facelifts Manhattan Beach has to offer.
FAQ - Facelift Surgery
A surgical facelift is one of the longest-lasting solutions for reducing the signs of moderate to advanced aging. Surgical techniques are done at a deeper level, allowing the surgeon to lift sagging muscle tissue. This creates lift and a youthful appearance.
A modern day facelift is nothing like the facelifts of the past, yet many patients are a little worried about how they will look after their procedure. Los Angeles plastic surgeon Dr. Keith Marcus understands the prospect of facial plastic surgery can be intimidating and is always happy to answer any questions his patients have. Here are answers to a few of the most commonly asked questions.
A facelift is designed to lift a particular part of the muscle structure of the face called the SMAS. This is the deep layer of tissue that covers the muscles in the lower face and neck. Over time, the SMAS obeys gravity and begins to sag. A perfectly executed facelift procedure elevates the SMAS layer which then lifts the cheeks, jowls and addresses sagging in the neck.
A facelift does not address the brow or the eyes. Frown lines and bags are addressed in specific procedures for these areas, which can be done separately or in some cases, at the same time as a facelift. These procedures are called eyelid surgery (or blepharoplasty) and a brow lift.
Additionally a facelift does not add volume to areas that have lost fullness, such as the hollows of the cheeks. By lifting the underlying SMAS layer and removing excess skin, the deep folds that run from nose to mouth are greatly reduced and the overall lifting effect often restores roundness to the cheek area. In cases where additional fullness is needed, fat transfer or injectable volumizers can be considered.
Finally, a facelift is not designed to reduce fine lines and wrinkles or uneven skin tone. Many patients opt to have a chemical peel after their facelift to refresh and tone the skin.
Facelift recovery generally takes about 2 weeks before you will want to be seen in public. Initially there will be swelling and bruising which will start to diminish after the 5th day. If you have an important function such as a wedding, allow at least 3 weeks to be sure you will feel confident at your event.
Dr. Marcus prefers to have his facelift patients spend the first night in an aftercare facility where they will receive personalized care. After that, patients return home with full instructions on how to care for their incisions and when to return for the first follow up visit.
In terms of returning to work, patients can return to non strenuous work 2 weeks after surgery. If your work is physically demanding, you will need at least 3 weeks to ensure your incisions can heal without the added stress of increased blood pressure. Exercise, other than normal walking, should be postponed for several weeks.
Anytime there is an incision, there will be a scar. Dr. Marcus is very precise in planning the incision sites to ensure scars will heal to virtual invisibility and that they are placed in areas where there is a natural fold.
Patients heal in different ways and any facelift scar should not be noticeable to anyone after it is healed. It is vital that patients follow postoperative instructions concerning incision care as closely as possible to achieve this goal. In this way, the incision will heal without complications. Things that can be detrimental to healing include increases in blood pressure, smoking, taking certain types of medication and certain herbal remedies.
Facelift recovery takes place in stages with the scar getting better, then worse as it matures. Patients will be monitored throughout their recovery and can call in with questions anytime they need information or reassurance. Find out more about facelift surgery by visiting our facelift page here.
Dr. Marcus performs his facelift surgery at his Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach locations, but services facelift patients from Palos Verdes, Torrance, Long Beach and several surrounding areas. We are also happy to help accommodate out of town patients. Call us if you require assistance on logistics.Contact Us »
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SMAS mini facelift
An SMAS mini facelift is a less invasive procedure that addresses the lower third of your face and neck using small incisions placed around the ears. If you have noticed a loss of definition in your jaw or excess fatty tissue and you would like to restore a youthful appearance, you may be a candidate for a mini facelift. Often, the mini facelift can be performed with local anesthesia, whereby you are fully conscious, yet no pain is experienced at all.
This procedure will complement your natural features, giving you an enhancement that is appropriate to your degree of skin laxity and wrinkles.
If you are thinking about a mini facelift in Redondo Beach or surrounding areas, Dr. Marcus is your best choice. He is known as one of the mini facelift gurus, with patients from all over Southern California seeking his incredibly artful touch.
The facelift recovery process goes through several stages. Following surgery, patients go to an aftercare facility for the immediate recovery period. Patients usually stay the first evening at an aftercare facility where they receive one-on-one nursing care in a private suite.
Bruising and swelling are a normal part of the healing process and may take several weeks to disappear completely. The bruising begins in the lower face and in front of the ears and within the first week moves down to the neck and décolletage.
Patients are advised to not exercise for the first one to two weeks and to avoid any strenuous activity. Most patients who have undergone a facelift are back to work within two weeks. The full result of a facelift—once all swelling is gone—is usually seen after 3-6 months.
During your recovery period, Dr. Marcus and his staff are available to you. If any questions or concerns arise, our office is just a phone call away and are happy to help. Marcus Facial Plastic Surgery in Manhattan Beach is a partner in your cosmetic improvement from initial consultation to full recovery, and even beyond.
The final result: a glowing, youthful, rejuvenated you!
There are several common reasons why a patient might pursue a revision facelift. The first is that while certain surgical approaches used in the past may have been innovative for their time, the fact is that the industry has progressed tremendously over the past few years, and newer techniques are far more advanced, yielding superior results.
Thus a client may benefit greatly from 'updating' their facelift for a more attractive, nuanced outcome in line with today's aesthetic standards. The second reason why a patient might require a revision facelift is due to sub-par work performed by a less qualified surgeon.
Dr. Marcus takes great care to ensure that his clients will not need revision work in the future. He does this by carefully analyzing the facial structure with cutting edge computer software in order to maintain the highest levels of precision and subtlety. His skills in reconstruction, scar revision, fat grafting and many other specialized techniques are exceptional, based on formidable training.
In addition, Dr. Marcus frequently attends seminars, lectures and networking events in order to constantly evolve his surgical methods as new breakthroughs are discovered.
While the information in this website may be helpful, it will never fully relate facial plastic surgery to you. If you are interested in a facial procedure, please call our office and one of our representatives will schedule your consultation.Contact Us