RestoreLift Facelift Questions

What is the difference between a Traditional Facelift and RestoreLift Facelift ?

The RestoreLift is very much like a Facelift in many ways.  The difference is the RestoreLift, the neck and jowls are addressed more aggressively.  In the neck, special sutures are used to treat the platysmal band that separate as we age.  This gives you a more refined and defined neck and jaw line. In addition, the RestoreLift uses growth factors, using your own blood.  It is then placed in a special machine to prepare your blood. These growth factors are then re-injected into the face and neck during your surgery.  This has significantly decreased the recovery time, as well as swelling and bruising.  These growth factors also produce collagen that helps to promote healthy regenerated skin as you heal. Oral sedation is used for the RestoreLift and no general anesthesia is needed.

How long will a RestoreLift Facelift last?

The results will vary from person to person; based on skin tone and health.  Most people can expect their results to last between five and to seven years.  I like to use the analogy that a face lift sets the clock back a few years.  There is no way to stop the aging process. That being said, you will always look younger after your restore lift than if you had never had one before. It is difficult to say how long the restorelift will last, since everyone ages differently.

Will I have much pain after my RestoreLift Facelift ?

As a general rule there is not much pain associated with a facelift.  Your face will be wrapped in a bandage for the first 24 hours after surgery.  This compression could cause a little bit of discomfort, but is well controlled with the pain medication that is given. 

Will I still look like myself after a RestoreLift Facelift ?

My goal is to provide natural looking results. After healing, most patients say that their friends and family say that they look more rested less tired but still look very much like themselves,just a refreshed version.

How old are typical patients for a RestoreLift Facelift ?

Some patients seeking the RestoreLift are seen as young as the early 40's. Patients as old as 85 years of age have had lifts performed.

Are there any limitations to what a RestoreLift Facelift can achieve?

Unfortunately, a restore lift cannot stop the aging process. A restore lift does not change the quality or texture of the skin. A restore lift, can, however, give the patient a more freshened and rested appearance.

What is the difference between a Mini-Facelift and Standard Facelift ?

There is a difference in a mini-facelift and a full facelift.  A mini-facelift is designed for someone in their late thirties or early to mid forties.  A mini-lift is less invasive with less incisions and a faster recovery.  It usually addresses the mid face and the results are not as dramatic as in a full facelift. A full facelift in contrast, will last longer and usually involves the mid face, neck and jowls. 

What are the risks of Facelift surgery?

Adverse events are rare. One possible but uncommon risk is bleeding, which occurs under the skin. Usually this bleeding will stop using compression, and no surgical intervention will be required. Very rarely, a patient will need a blood clot (hematoma) removed and bleeding controlled during a very quick surgical procedure. In all cases, the bleeding is not life-threatening. During your consultation with me, all risks and complications will be discussed at length with you.

 What is the recovery like after a RestoreLift Facelift ?

After surgery, the face is likely to appear bruised, pale and swollen and some numbness can occur. It’s best for patients to take it easy during the first week and to keep the head elevated during the first few days to help control swelling. Some bruising can take two to three weeks to fully fade.

Where are the scars?

The scar usually starts along your earlobe, and then passes to the top of the ear, following the ear contour around the earlobe into the groove behind the ear. At
 the back of the ear, the scar will delve into the neck hairline. There will also be a tiny incision under your chin so I can tighten the neck muscles if I am performing a RestoreLift.

How often will I have appointments after my RestoreLift Facelift ?

I will see you back early the day following your surgery and then again within 5-7 days and then again around 10-14 days.  There will be multiple visits to evaluate your progress and support your healing needs.

When I wear makeup ?

If you do not have any skin resurfacing at the same time as your restore lift, most people can resume wearing makeup within a matter of days after surgery.

We would be happy to answer any other questions you may have contact us today.

Plastic surgeon Michael Devlin, M.D.

Devlin Cosmetic Surgery: Michael Devlin, M.D.

Dr. Devlin is a cosmetic surgeon who provides each of his patients with personalized care and a compassionate approach. He offers a range of procedures in an environment where patients feel safe, comfortable, and heard. He is affiliated with organizations such as the:

  • American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (Fellow)
  • American Society of Cosmetic Breast Surgery
  • American Medical Association
  • Arkansas Medical Society
  • Pulaski County Medical Society

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