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Albany Plastic Surgery Procedure Profile: Facelifts

You’ve turned another year older, and while your good health may not suggest you’re aging, your appearance might be changing. Is your youthful face becoming filled with new creases, lines, wrinkles, droops and other features that make you look older and more tired than you actually feel?

“There’s no right or wrong age to get a facelift,” says Dr. Douglas Hargrave of The Plastic Surgery Group. “Whether they are 40 or 70, we’ll discuss the patient’s options and best solutions for the individual. If it’s determined the patient is a candidate for a facelift, we’ll move forward in helping them look younger while maintaining a natural appearance.”

Wanting to appear more youthful is not an uncommon desire, and for both men and women interested in erasing facial aging, there are solutions to achieve that goal. One of the most popular procedures sought by potential patients at The Plastic Surgery Group is the facelift. Today, there are both surgical and nonsurgical methods to help you have a younger looking appearance that boosts your confidence.

The Surgical (Traditional) Facelift Procedure

As everyone’s face is unique, your surgical procedure will be customized to fit your needs. You may choose to combine your procedure with a neck lift, brow lift and/or eyelid rejuvenation in order to achieve the most youthful results. The surgery typically takes a few hours to complete and the recovery process is not extensive.

This is a patient prior to upper and lower lid blepharoplasty with full face erbium resurfacing and mini facelift.

This is a patient prior to upper and lower lid blepharoplasty with full face erbium resurfacing and mini facelift.

The same patient, following the recovery from her procedure.

The same patient, following the recovery from her procedure.

Any discomfort that follows in the days after is remedied by prescription medication, and most stitches and bandages will be removed within a week. Heavy activity is discouraged for the next few weeks, maximizing your body’s ability to focus on healing, and you will begin to see the results of the procedure and your new appearance in approximately three weeks. While people will notice your refreshed appearance, any incisions are made along the hairline or behind and in front of the ear so that any scarring due to incisions is as inconspicuous as possible.

Ultherapy®- The Nonsurgical Facelift

logo-ultheraWant a facelift but don’t want to have surgery? Ultherapy is a FDA-approved cosmetic procedure that uses ultrasound technology to lift and tighten skin, and it requires no cutting or other disruption to your skin. With just one Ultherapy treatment lasting approximately an hour, the stimulation leads to new collagen creation, and our patients can resume their normal activities immediately. Minor swelling, numbness and sensitivity may occur after the treatment, but no other serious discomfort is expected during your recovery process. Results appear gradually throughout the following months.

Interested in a facial procedure that leads to a younger appearance? 

Contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors to learn more about your options and determine what procedure is right for you, whether it’s one of the options listed above or other choices, such as injectables that fight fine lines and wrinkles. Our doctors can help you determine what you’d like to pursue and what you can expect during and after your procedure, as well as discuss scheduling your appointment, fees and financing.


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