Gustavo E. Galante, M.D. - Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
A facelift can restore a youthful and vibrant appearance, often making you look better than your stated age. Dr. Gus Galante performs both mini and standard facelift procedures in Indiana to reduce signs of aging such as wrinkles, lines and jowls. This procedure restores firmness by correcting laxity in muscles and other tissues. A facelift also removes excess, sagging or slackened skin and excess fat in your neck and jowls.
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Before & After Photos
This 65-year-old woman came in for a consultation to discuss the options available to improve the appearance of saggy skin on her neck and droopy eyelids. After a thorough discussion and examination, I recommended combining blepharoplasty eyelid surgery with a facelift to get opt...Read On
This 65 year old Indiana woman is seen here before and after an eyelid lift and facelift surgery. She presented to Dr. Galante, a Northwest Indiana plastic surgeon specializing in cosmetic surgery, to his Valparaiso office in consultation for rejuvenation of her face and eyes. She had endless energy...Read On
Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.
Talking It Over
Every facelift at our practice begins with a thorough consultation. Dr. Galante will discuss your goals and obtain a full medical history to determine the best course of action. Dr. Galante will describe your procedure and recovery details, explain any pertinent risks and encourage you to ask questions.
Depending on your procedure, you may have local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. The extent of your facelift, including incisions, will depend on the amount of skin removal necessary for your desired result.
For a standard facelift, Dr. Galante typically makes incisions near the temple just behind the hairline. The incisions will continue in front of your ears, around your earlobes and behind your ears into your hair. Dr. Galante will suture and bandage the incisions for your return home.
Mini facelifts require a smaller incision. If you require additional lifting of the skin on your neck, Dr. Galante may also make a small incision beneath your chin.
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Facelift for Men
Facelifts for men require surgical expertise. These procedures are considered by many plastic surgeons to be more challenging than facelifts for women. Men generally have stronger ligamental supports, bigger faces, and more vascular skin, which can present challenges. Special care must be taken to minimize scars in bearded skin, and incision locations must be carefully chosen so the sideburns do not change position.
It's important to avoid over-pulling the skin, which can feminize the face and create a "windswept" look. Your surgeon must understand the nuances of the procedure to make the results look as natural as possible. Dr. Galante specializes in male plastic surgery and is experienced with the intricacies of men's faces.
- Dr. Galante often combines facelift surgery with neck lift or eyelid surgery procedures to maximize results.
- Many facelift patients also have skin treatments such as a chemical peel to enhance their skin's quality and appearance.
- For answers to questions our patients often ask about cosmetic surgery, we invite you to visit our FAQs page.
After Your Facelift Procedure
Dr. Galante performs facelifts on an outpatient basis, meaning you can return home after your procedure. Recovery from a facelift is usually faster than you might expect. Pain is typically minimal, and you can easily manage any discomfort with medication.
You may experience some swelling the first few days, and any bruising will diminish after a couple of weeks. You may experience tightness and numbness, which will gradually subside during the first month after surgery.
Scarring is inevitable, but the incision site is usually concealed behind the hairline or in a natural skin crease. Until the scars mature and minimize, you can conceal them with makeup.
Results typically last 10 to 15 years. Though a facelift will not stop the aging process, the results can essentially turn back the clock up to 10 years. You'll have a lifted, well-rested look in keeping with your inner youthfulness.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will my results look natural?
Yes. The aesthetic goal of a facelift is to help you look like a younger, refreshed version of yourself, and not drastically different. It's common for patients to worry that their faces will appear stretched or "windblown." Dr. Galante uses the most advanced surgical techniques to ensure that doesn't happen. Instead of stretching the skin and removing the excess, Dr. Galante lifts the skin and then repositions and tightens the tissue and underlying muscle. This approach results in natural-looking contours and a subtle enhancement.
What is the cost of a facelift?
The price of a facelift, and all cosmetic surgery in general, depends on a number of factors, including the experience and training of your plastic surgeon and the region. At our practice, your cost includes Dr. Galante's and the anesthesiologist's fees, operating room time, and other costs. This number varies between our patients depending how extensive their procedures are. We can provide you an exact quote during your consultation, and we offer various financing options.
Will a facelift improve the appearance of my forehead?
No, the techniques used in a facelift are focused on the mid-face area and jawline. That's why patients who want an overall rejuvenation may combine the facelift with a forehead lift or another treatment for the upper face.
How long will I need to take off work?
Healing and recovery are different for each patient. In general, Dr. Galante recommends that his patients take 1 week off before returning to work following a facelift. Many people feel well enough to work but still have residual cosmetic signs, so they choose to work from home.