Facelift Surgery in Northern Virginia
Do you feel that loose skin, wrinkles, and other changes to your face make you look older than you feel? Over time, increased skin laxity and redistribution of the fat under our faces can lead to an aged, fatigued, or even hollowed appearance. Performed by Dr. Larry Lickstein of Elle Aesthetic Arts in Loudoun County, a facelift procedure (or rhytidectomy) can reverse these and other signs of aging to reveal a more youthful appearance. Dr. Lickstein specialists in advanced facial plastic surgery techniques that leave his patients looking naturally refreshed, not “overdone.”
Why Choose Dr. Larry Lickstein for Your Facelift?
Dr. Lickstein is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is highly sought after for facelift surgery by residents of Loudoun County and all of Northern Virginia. Not only has Dr. Lickstein earned a reputation for achieving stunning, natural-looking facelift surgery results, but what truly sets him apart is his personalized approach to this procedure. Dr. Lickstein always takes the time to fully understand each patient’s unique goals and desires, then formulates a detailed and customized treatment plan designed to meet his or her specific needs.
A facelift is a very personal procedure that requires an equally personal approach. It is his deep attentiveness to his patients in combination with the consistently exceptional results he achieves that make Dr. Lickstein a premier plastic surgeon.
Benefits of a Facelift
Male and female patients alike derive a vast range of benefits from facelift surgery, including:
- Enhanced self-confidence
- A more youthful, refreshed appearance
- Tighter facial skin
- Reduction of fine lines, wrinkles, and furrows
- Enhanced facial contours
- Reduced appearance of jowls
- Redistribution of facial fat for a fuller, less hollowed appearance
- Tightening of loose skin below the chin
- Softening of nasolabial folds and marionette lines
- Improved contours of the jawline and neck
- Elimination of a double chin1
For even more dramatic facial rejuvenation, many of Dr. Lickstein’s patients choose to combine their facelift surgery with eyelid surgery or a fat grafting.
What to Expect During Your Facelift Surgery
Preparing for Surgery
Most of your preparation for facelift surgery will take place during your personal consultation with Dr. Lickstein. During this appointment, he will review your medical history and conduct a thorough evaluation of the treatment area. One of the most important parts of your consultation with Dr. Lickstein is a candid discussion of both your frustrations and your goals for the outcome of your facelift. Based on your input, you and Dr. Lickstein will formulate a customized treatment plan that is specifically designed to help you achieve the outcome you desire.
Before your facelift consultation is concluded, Dr. Lickstein and our team will make sure all of your questions are answered to your satisfaction. We will also give you detailed information on what you can expect during the facelift procedure as well as during your recovery.
How Facelift Surgery Works
Facelift surgery is an outpatient procedure, performed under either general anesthesia or IV sedation.
Before beginning your facelift, Dr. Lickstein will meet with you to go over your treatment plan and make markings on your skin with your guidance to ensure you feel confident in the outcome of your procedure. Once you are asleep, Dr. Lickstein will make an incision within your hairline, beginning at your temples and extending behind your ear to your lower scalp. He will gently tighten the tissues and fascia underlying your face and sculpt and reposition the soft tissue before redraping the skin over your face. Excess skin will be removed, and the incisions will be closed with sutures.2
After facelift surgery, you can expect to experience mild to moderate discomfort, swelling, and bruising. Dr. Lickstein will prescribe medications to help you stay comfortable. You will see Dr. Lickstein to have stitches and drainage tubes removed within a few days of your procedure.
Most patients see a significant reduction in swelling and bruising within a week or two of their facelift surgery, though the full extent of swelling may not subside for a few months. The majority of Dr. Lickstein’s patients feel comfortable returning to work within two to three weeks of facelift surgery.
After a facelift with Dr. Lickstein, patients enjoy a dramatically more youthful appearance that looks naturally refreshed; never “pulled” or “too tight.” The skin of the face looks firmer, more taut, and less wrinkled, and results can last up to 10 years. Even more remarkable than the facial transformation Dr. Lickstein’s patients enjoy, however, is the deep sense of satisfaction and improved self-confidence they feel after a facelift. According to extensive research, more than 98% of facelift patients report that the results they achieved far exceeded their expectations.3
Contact Elle Aesthetic Arts
Dr. Lickstein and the entire team at Elle Aesthetic Arts believe that by helping our patients achieve their cosmetic goals, we are empowering them to live more fulfilling lives. If you would like to learn more about refreshing your appearance with a facelift, please contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lickstein.
Frequently Asked Questions About Facelift Surgery
Who is a candidate for facelift surgery?
The ideal candidate for a facelift with Dr. Lickstein is someone who is troubled by loose facial skin and wrinkles and who desires an overall more youthful facial appearance. Additionally, patients should be in good overall health, non-smokers, and should have realistic expectations about what can be achieved through plastic surgery.4
What are the risks of a facelift?
There are risks and complications associated with any surgical procedure, facelift included. Generally, facelift is considered to be a safe procedure, and working with a highly skilled surgeon such as Dr. Lickstein helps patients feel even more confident that they will achieve an excellent outcome from their facelift procedure. While rare, risks associated with facelift surgery include infection, suboptimal scarring, nerve injury, poor healing, and hair loss at incision sites.5
Will I have scars after my facelift?
Facelift surgery incisions do cause scars, but Dr. Lickstein is careful to hide these scars behind a patient’s hairline and behind the ears. You should experience limited visible scarring after the facelift healing process is complete.
1 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. What is a facelift? Available: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/facelift. Accessed March 31, 2021.
2 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. What are the steps of the facelift procedure? Available: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/facelift/procedure. Accessed April 1, 2021.
3 Friel MT, Shaw RE, Trovato MJ, Owsley JQ. The measure of face-lift patient satisfaction: the Owsley Facelift Satisfaction Survey with a long-term follow-up study. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010 Jul;126(1):245-257. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e3181dbc2f0. PMID: 20224460. Available: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20224460/. Accessed March 31, 2021.
4 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Who is a good candidate for a facelift? Available: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/facelift/candidates. Accessed March 31, 2021.
5 Mayo Clinic. Facelift. Available: https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/face-lift/about/pac-20394059. Accessed March 31, 2021.