It’s completely natural to wonder what the recovery process will be like after facial plastic surgery. We think it’s a little weird that its so shrouded in mystery.  Well we want to change that. We’d love to offer you an honest, medical opinion on what to expect, and what not to expect after your facial plastic surgery procedure.

Deena had an NvLift with Dr. Mark KarolakWe’d like to preface this by sharing that not all surgeries or surgeons are alike, and what we share is our experience – with our patients, our surgeons, and our procedures. While the plastic surgery community has a great deal of shared wisdom regarding surgery, the procedures we perform are unique to Reflections. In fact, what you will find if you dig deep into the plastic surgery community is that a “facelift” can mean many different things to different surgeons, and most facial plastic surgery terms are similarly vague.

We’re happy to share what you can expect in terms of recovery from our procedures, and the details of just what those procedures include.

However, this information cannot be extrapolated to other physicians. Also, know that these are generalizations of recovery expectations based on previous patients. Finally, you are a unique individual, so we’d love to share with you how these expectations might vary. To do that, you will need to schedule a consult with Dr. Mark Karolak, our board certified facial plastic surgeon.

Facelift Scar Photos

What will my scars look like after a facelift?

This is a very common concern we hear from patients. Our NvLift℠ Face and Neck surgeries are designed to minimize any visible signs that a surgery might have helped you achieve your natural-looking results.

Let’s start by taking a look at the incision lines from some of our patients.

We use a variety of techniques to ensure the incision lines after your NvLift℠ Face and Neck Lift procedure heal as discreetly as possible. These same techniques are used in all of Dr. Karolak’s lifting surgeries, including mini facelift, facelift, and necklift.

Layered microVector Support Stitch℠ – Our unique Layered microVector Support Stitch allows the surgeon to create support for the tissues underneath the skin without stretching or pulling the skin.  As the tissues underneath are moved back to where they used to be years ago, the excess skin will shift with them. The excess skin is gently removed honoring the natural movements of the face, so as not to create a wind-blown look. This technique creates the most natural-appearing result, which retains its effect even as the face ages in the future.

Dissolving Sutures – Dr. Mark Karolak, our board certified Facial Plastic Surgeon, strongly believes in using very fine dissolving sutures to create a beautifully healed suture line. His skillfully placed sutures (we do not use staples) form a smooth, natural line which traces the natural crease between ear and cheek.

Suture Lines that follow Facial MicroVectors – all of Reflections’ Facial Plastic Surgery procedures follow the Natural microVector Analysis℠ system of correction, which corrects the multitude of minute age-related changes in the tissues of the face and neck using stitches placed along those individual microvectors. By dispersing the changes throughout the SMAS, these procedures place less tension on any one area of the face or neck. Too much tension along a vector (direction of tightening) is what leads to ripples and unnatural movement in other types of facelifts, including traditional facelift procedures.

Artful Suture Lines – Our approach to incision placement in Natural microVector facelifts and necklifts is to tailor them to each patient’s unique anatomy, following the natural skin creases around the ear and/or under the chin. Because the skin is supported by the underlying tissue (SMAS) which has been tightened with the Layered microVector Support Stitch, there is little to no tension on the skin edges when they are sutured together. The skin is not stretched.  This helps prevent the telltale signs of surgery such as stretched earlobes(“pixie ears”), “wind-tunnel face”, and unnatural puckering of skin. This also creates a more discreetly healed suture line.

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Dr. Mitchell Chasin founded Reflections Center for skin & body as a place where physicians specializing in cosmetic medicine could focus on helping empower patients to feel their most beautiful. Dr. Chasin believes strongly that the best cosmetic physicians are those who are dedicated to mastering their craft through continuing education and collaboration with the industry’s top doctors.