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What is a Facelift?

A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgery that lifts and tightens the facial skin to provide a more youthful appearance. It helps handle signs of aging in the face.

Benefits of a Facelift

In the hands of a skilled double board certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Torkian, facelift surgery offers many benefits with very few disadvantages. In performing this procedure, Dr. Torkian’s objective is to create a conservative result. This means that you will look refreshed and youthful without the obvious appearance of plastic surgery. All in all, a face lift is the perfect procedure to correct the following issues:

  • Loose muscle tone in the face
  • Drooping jowls
  • Smile lines from the nose to the corner of the mouth, otherwise known as nasolabial folds
  • Sagging cheeks
  • Wrinkles and fine lines throughout the face
  • Bags under the eyes

Dr. Torkian’s Beverly Hills facelifts address the whole face by giving you an overall refreshed and youthful appearance. While this is ideal for many patients, in some cases, there might only be certain areas of the face that need to be addressed. Our blepharoplasty or browlift surgeries are other options provided by Dr. Torkian, which also help give the face a more "bright" and youthful look.

Sagging facial tissue leads loss of the definition at the jaw. Restoring definition instantly creates a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance. No more double chin, no more sagging cheeks and a face that looks years younger -- but like you. Expect compliments in how rested and refreshed you appear!

Fight the Signs of Aging

As we age, our skin becomes less elastic and the muscles begin to weaken, all while gravity continues to pull at our skin. The effects of aging begin to be seen around age 20 to 40 as the face and neck begins to sag, wrinkles form around the mouth and eyelids droop. It happens to us all and sun exposure and smoking only accelerate the aging process.

Using the newest and most effective techniques in facial plastic surgery, Dr. Torkian is able to address many signs of facial aging, from eliminating jowls on the neck and cheek areas, to erasing wrinkles and fine lines. The soft tissue of the face is carefully lifted while facial muscles are repositioned in order to contour and restore your face to a younger yet natural look. Dr. Torkian’s goal is to have you look refreshed and youthful with the best results possible. A facelift may be combined with other facial procedures such as a browlift, eyelid lift or skin resurfacing to address several effects of aging.

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Candidates for a Facelift

As in any elective surgery, candidates must be in good general health and have reasonable expectations on the result of a facelift. The procedure requires healthy skin and good blood flow to ensure an event free recovery. Patients with kidney disease, heart or lung problems or vascular disease as well as other significant medical conditions should not receive a facelift. If in doubt, check with your primary care physician.

Because blood flow is crucial in healing, those who smoke should be prepared to quit smoking entirely for a period of time before and after surgery; minimally 2 weeks before and after surgery. Nicotine patches cannot be used. Non compliance with this requirement can result in serious complications with infection and tissue necrosis.

Succinctly put, candidates for facelift surgery:

  • Have overall good health
  • Have reasonable expectations on the result
  • Have good blood flow for optimal recovery
  • Do not smoke or are willing to quit for 2 weeks before and after surgery
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He not only made me feel like he knew what he was doing, but he was the first doctor to actually listen to my concerns and issues instead of just talking about what he thinks. It has been 2 months now since I had surgery and I am very happy with what I see so far. I absolutely love the doctor and his staff and will be forever grateful for them.

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Facelift FAQ's

What is a Facelift?

A facelift, or rhytidectomy, addresses the area from the cheekbones down to the chin area, and includes the neck. This procedure addresses sagging in the cheeks and jowls, improves the appearance of the deep folds from the nose to the mouth, removes loose skin and fat under the chin and tightens sagging in the neck.

A facelift does not address bags under the eyes or the frown lines between the brows. For this, patients can consider having a brow lift as part of their rejuvenation plan.

Something else to consider is that a facelift does not handle skin texture issues, such acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles, or uneven skin tone. For these issues Dr. Torkian can offer skin resurfacing techniques to put the finishing touches on your facelift.

Will I Look Like I’ve Had Work Done?

The hallmark of an exquisite face lift is that you look more energetic and refreshed and on a deeply personal level, that your face is a reflection of how you feel inside.

Modern techniques in facial surgery focus on lifting and positioning the underlying muscles that have sagged over time, gently positioning the skin after this has been done.

Stretching the skin to smooth out wrinkles or folds is not something that any board certified plastic surgeon would do. Dr. Torkian is not only board certified in facial and reconstructive surgery, but has also been board certified in head and neck surgery. As a result of his extensive training and experience, he has the skill to provide patients of all ages with natural, beautiful results that aren’t obviously the result of surgery.

Will the Scars be Visible?

Dr. Torkian places the incisions in areas that can be concealed after surgery. The incisions are placed behind the ears and well hidden in the hairline. A scar will always result from any incision and it is in skill of closing that many plastic and reconstructive surgeons make their reputations. Dr. Torkian has studied under some of the finest surgeon’s in the country to hone his skills in this crucial step of cosmetic surgery. Once the scars have had time to fully resolve, only you will know they are there.

The Facelift Consultation

Your initial consultation will involve thoroughly discussing your goals and answering any questions you may have. Dr. Torkian is known for his natural refined results, and with this in mind, he will initially show you what you may expect using before and after photos.

His examination process includes the use of a Vectra® 3-D imaging machine to scan your face. The scan allows digital manipulation of the image from many angles to allow the creation of a surgical plan that will enhance your features and remove the elements that are creating the appearance of age, fatigue and lack of vigor.

You will never be pressured to make a decision on your elective facelift surgery. Dr. Torkian will answer as many questions as it takes to allow you to make your own decision. The first step is to come in for a consultation. Call the office to arrange a convenient time.

Non-Surgical Facelift

As a noninvasive alternative to a surgery, Dr. Torkian offers a non-surgical facelift with his expert knowledge in facial fillers and Ultherapy. Always anxious to provide among the best facelift Beverly Hills has available, he offers this service for patients not ready to undergo surgery. By using Restylane Silk, Juvederm, Captique and others, he can effectively create a refreshed appearance throughout the entire face, all without making a single incision.

Because Dr. Torkian is focused on providing natural, conservative results, his facial filler patients are always pleased to report they simply look like younger versions of themselves, with no real evidence that they have had any work done. If you are not ready to undergo surgery or simply don’t need it, a nonsurgical facelift may be the perfect procedure for you.

As Ultherapy has grown in popularity and effectiveness, many providers inculding Dr. Torkian have turned to its powerful ultrasound waves to further supplement the effects of facial fillers in the use of a non-surgical facelift. If you are looking for some of the most beautiful results without having to make a single incision, ask Dr. Torkian about his Ultherapy treatments.

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How Long Will I Need to Allow for Facelift Recovery?

Recovering from facelift surgery is accomplished in stages. The first stage lasts about 14 days and after this, most patients can return to work. Allowing 3 weeks for this phase will allow more time for the swelling and any bruising to subside.

You can resume normal activities after about 3 weeks, such as moderate exercise, shopping and running errands. Remember, each patient heals at a different rate and at times recovery may seem to be slow. It can take up to a year to achieve the full result of a face lift.

The body heals in stages and you may notice the swelling increase and decrease several times. This is normal, and after about 3 months, no one but you and Dr. Torkian will know there is still about 10% of the healing process to complete. You will be able to fully enjoy your new look. If you wish to learn about tips on how you can experience the smoothest recovery possible, check out our guide here.

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Meet Dr. Torkian

When choosing a plastic surgeon to perform a facelift, you must choose carefully – the results of the procedure will be with you for a decade or longer. Not to mention, the face is one of the most noticeable parts of your body. Dr. Torkian has become known as the premier facelift surgeon in Beverly Hills, due to his exceptional level of skill and artistry in this complex procedure. Dr. Torkian has performed hundreds of facelifts and uses the most advanced surgical techniques to create a beautiful, natural-looking outcome – never tight or pulled. He is a double-board certified facial plastic surgeon.

Whether you suffer from lines, wrinkles, jowls, fatty deposits under the chin, or have lost jawline definition, his careful surgical approach can lift the years away. As a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Torkian is known for achieving truly world-class results in this delicate procedure.

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If you are planning to undergo a facelift, choosing the right facial plastic surgeon is the most critical point in achieving a look that is fresh and natural, not pulled or overdone. We invite you to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Torkian, to discuss what you hope to achieve and have all of your questions answered for arguably the best facelift Beverly Hills has to offer. Call today.

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