A facelift is a common procedure, but one that is unique for every single person. No two facelift procedures are the same because every person has unique needs. Dr. Smart speaks with every one of his patients in person to get a sense of what their goals are and what they would like to correct. After this conversation takes place, he can go about developing a customized treatment plan to help correct sagging, wrinkling, and unwanted excess skin and fat tissue.
Dr. Smart: A lot of patients come in and they want to know at what age
should I have a face lift? That's a very important question, but it's one
that there's really no right or wrong answer. A person is ready for a face
lift whenever they think that their signs of aging are severe enough or
they're bothered by them. It's typical that you'll see patients in their
mid-40s start to ask about face lifts. Then the age can go all the way up
into the 80s. As long as the patient is healthy and is a good candidate to
undergo general anesthesia, then they can have a face lift, regardless of
Really, my philosophy on face lifts is that we all age differently.
Different parts of our face show signs of aging earlier than others.
There's no one cookie cutter face lift for everybody. 30, 40 years ago,
this was more the case. There was less known about the patterns of aging,
the different fat compartments in the face. A lot of people would get the
same face lift and look the same. This kind of led to face lifts having a
bad reputation. However, now there are ways to customize a face lift and
give a much more natural result. Recovery time is extremely important.
There is going to be downtime. I tell patients that they can expect two
weeks of downtime before they're comfortable going back into social
Lasa: I had a partial face lift. Tremendously satisfied with the results.
Dr. Smart and his staff were excellent. They walked me through the entire
process, made it really easy. It just gave me a new lease on life.