Facelift Surgery in Seattle & Bellevue WA
As we get older, we start to notice visible signs of aging on our face. Once we are in our 40’s or 50’s, the changes in our facial skin and structure cause sagging and wrinkles. Although these are normal parts of the aging process, many people are self-conscious and wish to have a younger, more rejuvenated look. A facelift by Kristin J. Tarbet, MD can lift facial sagging and drooping skin, resulting in a younger, fresher looking face. Dr. Tarbet specializes in facelift surgery for patients in Seattle and Bellevue, Washington.
What is a Facelift?
A facelift, technically known as a rhytidectomy, is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures designed to reverse signs of aging. Over time, gravity, sun exposure, and other external factors take their toll on our faces and necks. Facelift surgery can tightening muscles, remove fat and trim excess skin of the face. Patients can have a fresher, more youthful look with a facelift. To “grow old gracefully” now has new meaning!
What Signs of Aging Can A Facelift Improve?
A facelift improves the lower and middle areas of the face. The procedure can improve the following signs of aging in these areas:
- Mid-face sagging
- Deep under eye creases
- Nasolabial folds
- Sagging fat
- Loose skin and fat under the chin and jaw
Candidates for a Rhytidectomy
The ideal candidate for a facelift (rhytidectomy) wants to correct one or more signs of aging in their face. In addition, candidates need to still have elasticity in their skin in order to undergo a facelift. Patients should not smoke, be in generally good health, and have realistic expectations as to what a facelift can accomplish. During your consultation, you will discuss your goals and Dr. Tarbet may offer alternative procedures or non-surgical treatment that can accomplish the results your desire.
What Dr. Tarbet’s Facelift Patients Say
“Dr. Tarbet is experienced and outstanding in her field. I highly recommend seeing Dr. Tarbet for all cosmetic needs and especially for eye surgery or a facelift. I promise you will not be disappointed.” – Beckie P.
“I recently saw Kristin Tarbet, MD and she did an amazing job on my face as well as on my daughter. We both are thrilled with our results.” – Carol S.
The Facelift Procedure by Dr. Kristin Tarbet
Dr. Kristin J. Tarbet performs facelifts as an outpatient procedure while the patient is under local or general anesthesia. The procedure takes about 2 hours but can vary based on the patient. Dr. Tarbet will go over the surgical plan during your consultation. This will detail how she will perform the surgery as the approach differs based on the patient’s facial structure, the extent of areas that are going to be corrected, and where is best to place the incisions. Incisions are typically hidden in the hairline or along the natural contours of the face.
Procedures Combined With Facelift Surgery
Since a facelift only corrects certain areas of the face many patients choose to combine it with additional procedures. Including a forehead lift or eyelid surgery will extend the procedure time but allow the patient to recover from both procedures at once. Dr. Tarbet will discuss your combination options with you during your consultation.
Facelift Before & After
After the facelift procedure, Dr. Tarbet will wrap your incisions in bandages and may place drainage tubes. The next day you can have the tubes removed and wash your hair. At your follow-up appointment, Dr. Tarbet will remove any stitches or surgical clips from the incisions. Patients often experience stiff muscles and diminished sensation in the face but this typically goes away within a few weeks. Scars, which are mostly hidden, become less red, raised, and lumpy within a few months.
Are Results After Facelift Surgery Permanent?
While a facelift can reverse signs of aging it does not stop the aging process. Therefore, the results are not permanent. Some patients choose to undergo another facelift 5 to 10 years later. However, the effects of a facelift are permanent so your face will continue to look better than if you had not had a facelift.
Rhytidectomy Side Effects
Patients can experience some side effects after their facelift. Most side effects resolve themselves within 3 to 6 weeks but can include:
- Nerve Injury
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interested in a facelift surgery with Kristin J. Tarbet, MD or want to more information, contact us today! Call (425) 455-2131 to schedule a consultation at our Bellevue office. We serve Seattle, Bellevue, and surrounding areas in Washington.