In general, a facelift is helpful in minimizing different signs of skin aging including facial wrinkles and fine lines. The ultimate objective of a facelift procedure is to enhance the overall look of your face and jawline.
People have opted for a traditional facelift surgery with the goal of reversing the undesirable effects of aging, stress, and exposure to various environmental elements such as the sun and wind. It is possible to combine a facelift with various other cosmetic treatments such as a cheek augmentation, rhinoplasty, lip augmentation, and a blepharoplasty.
In a traditional facelift, an incision is made in the hairline and down around the ear and lower scalp. The process may involve sculpting or redistribution of fat from the jowls, neck, and face.
Repositioning the underlying tissue and lifting the deep muscles commonly takes place as well. Sometimes, another incision, right below the chin, might be needed for further improvement of a wrinkled neck. Skin adhesives or sutures are used to close the incisions in a traditional facelift procedure. General anesthesia or intravenous sedation is required to be administered in a traditional facelift surgery.
With Dr. Lee’s extensive experience, The FACEology® LIFT was developed blending many of these surgical techniques to find the best of both worlds resulting in natural lasting results with easier recovery and less downtime. Moreover, this procedure is performed under local anesthesia. Having operated on thousands of patients, Dr Lee has developed a unique way to lift and tighten the underlying SMAS muscle layer to give the most natural and long lasting results while having an easier recovery.
The FACEology® LIFT addresses the same aging face and neck areas as a traditional facelift. However, it is less invasive with less risk to muscles and nerves and does have smaller incisions hidden in the hairline and natural borders of the ear. These incisions heal very well and blend in and ultimately are barely noticeable, if at all. The SMAS layer is still tightened and excess skin removed to get you a defined jaw and neck line. Again, the results are more natural and the recovery is quicker and easier.
A traditional facelift typically takes 3-4 hours and is performed in a hospital or overnight surgery center. General anesthesia involving breathing tubes and gases, and intravenous lines (IV’s) and morphine are commonly used with traditional facel-ifting. In contrast, Dr. Lee’s FACEology® LIFT is performed safely and comfortably under local anesthesia and oral sedation, typically valium. The FACEology® LIFT may take 1.5-2 hours depending on each patient’s unique needs. The procedure is performed in an outpatient accredited surgery center. Overnight stays in a hospital or surgery center are not required for a FACEology® LIFT.
Dr. Raymond Lee is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon with expertise in facial rejuvenation under local anesthesia. He has been practicing in Orange County for the past 11 years, and has performed over 4000 facial rejuvenation procedures under light anesthesia.
Dr. Lee wants you to “Experience Beauty, the most natural way”, and does not believe in the old traditional facelift. Over the course of his career, he has mastered the art and science of facial rejuvenation with natural results, minimal sedation, and easy recovery. His signature “FACEology LIFT” (face and neck lift alternative) is the embodiment of all these elements and is what he is widely sought out for in Orange County.