3330 Preston Ridge Road Suite 340
Alpharetta, GA 30005
Phone: (404) 822-4402
2500 Hospital Blvd. Suite 410
Roswell, GA 30076
Phone: (770) 954-8406
145 Towne Lake Pkwy #101
Woodstock, GA 30188
Phone: (678) 737-4612
Women and men come to board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Asaf Yalif for facelift surgery at his Alpharetta, Roswell, and Woodstock, GA, practice because they trust him to create the more youthful, yet natural look they want. He minimizes wrinkles and fine lines, restores youthful contours, and tightens loose, sagging skin to take years off without obvious signs of surgery. Combined with nonsurgical facial rejuvenation, such as fillers, a facelift is an extremely effective procedure.
Ideal Facelift Candidates
Men and women from the metro Atlanta area often consider facelift surgery when they become concerned about signs of aging that make them look older than they feel. Patients often ask if they’re either too young or too old for a facelift, but age isn’t really an important factor when determining who are good facelift candidates. Someone in their mid-40s who is thinking about a nonsurgical treatment may be better off with the long-lasting results that a facelift produces. You’re likely a good candidate for a facelift if you:
- Have wrinkles, lines, or sagging skin in the lower portion of your face
- Feel like signs of aging hinder you socially or professionally
- Want long-lasting results
- Have realistic expectations
Being in good overall health and a non-smoker are also prerequisites for a facelift. Smokers not only experience more post-op complications than other patients but can expect shorter-lived results.
Understanding Your Procedure
The difference between facelift techniques used 10 to 15 years ago and those used today is significant. When performed by a highly qualified and experienced plastic surgeon such as Dr. Yalif, a facelift can produce remarkable results and take several years off your appearance. Many types of facelift techniques exist, including some that promise more than they can deliver. Dr. Yalif primarily uses a technique called a SMAS lift which he customizes based on each patient’s specific concerns. SMAS is short for the superficial musculoaponeurotic system, a layer of tissue and muscle just below the skin.
During the procedure, you’ll be under general anesthesia. Dr. Yalif begins by making an incision at the temple, above the hairline. He then extends it along your skin’s natural crease in front of the ear, below the earlobe, and finishing behind the ear. The incision is virtually imperceptible after it heals. Dr. Yalif carefully exposes the SMAS layer, which he lifts, repositions, and tightens before re-draping the skin. He removes excess skin and then sutures the incisions, being careful to avoid a tight, or “windswept” appearance. A SMAS lift minimizes the appearance of jowls and sagging in the mid-face. Dr. Yalif can also modify the procedure to tighten loose neck skin. The procedure typically takes about 4 hours.
Asaf Yalif M.D., F.A.C.S.
Triple Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Yalif combines the skill of a fellowship-trained plastic surgeon with a warm bedside manner that puts patients at ease from the moment they meet him. He leads a small team of dedicated professionals at our boutique practice, where each you'll be treated as a member of the Y Plastic Surgery family. Learn MoreRequest Your Consultation
It’s fairly common to combine a facelift with other surgical or nonsurgical facial rejuvenation procedures. A facelift only addresses the lower portion of the face, but signs of aging typically occur around the eyes and forehead at the same pace. Dr. Yalif can discuss all of your cosmetic concerns during the consultation and then recommend a comprehensive treatment plan. That may include performing eyelid surgery, or a brow lift at the same time as the facelift, or using injectable fillers to add volume under the eyes or in the cheek areas. He may also suggest a regular schedule of periodic treatments to help maintain the results of your surgery.
You’ll return home on the day of the surgery after spending time in the recovery room. Dr. Yalif places a dressing on the surgical site that remains until the initial follow-up appointment. He provides detailed post-op instructions that help you recover with as little discomfort as possible. Swelling and bruising may last for up to 2 weeks after the surgery, but you may be able to return to work earlier. The initial results of the facelift can be seen after about 3 weeks, but the full results may take several more weeks to develop.
If you’re planning to get a facelift before a significant social event, such as a wedding or class reunion, it’s best to schedule it at least a few months earlier to ensure you are completely healed.
“Dr. Yalif took the time to explain what could be done to address the issues I had and corrected all of them. Thanks to Dr. Yalif I now love my new look.”
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