Many of Dr. Augenstein’s facelift patients in Charlotte, NC, come to him complaining that their faces look different than they used to and it’s uncomfortable seeing a stranger’s face in the mirror. A common misconception is that people only seek plastic surgery because something is wrong with the way they look. The reality is there are many reasons why someone may choose to have plastic surgery, and aging is one of them.
Dr. Augenstein can help take years of your appearance–reclaiming a youthful freshness and vitality that tends to diminish with age. He will work closely with you to understand your goals and concerns so that your results look as natural as possible.
Are You a Candidate?
The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for a facelift is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Augenstein in Charlotte. Adult women and men whose faces and necks are beginning to show signs of wear and aging typically make ideal facelift candidates. You should be in good mental and physical health and have realistic expectations about the procedure and what it can achieve. Overall, the goal for a facelift is to help you look refreshed, well rested, and natural.
How You’ll Benefit
During the facelift procedure, Dr. Augenstein will tighten the muscles beneath the skin, tighten the skin itself, and remove any excess fat–revealing a younger and fresher-looking you. A facelift typically focuses on the cheeks, lower face, and neck to restore facial volume and improve the jawline and shape of the neck and face.
Many times, facial fat grafting is done at the same time to replace volume and shape that have been lost due to aging. Similarly, as part of the facial rejuvenation process, a blepharoplasty, or eyelid lift, can be performed at the same time. Those who want to improve the quality of the skin can also opt for nonsurgical treatments like laser skin resurfacing or chemical peels to refine the skin’s texture and tone.
A Personalized Experience
The first step for any cosmetic procedure, including a facelift, is to schedule a consultation. During this initial meeting, Dr. Augenstein will listen to your goals and concerns, review your medical record, and discuss possible treatment plans for your specific needs. Because each person is unique, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to aesthetic surgery, and Dr. Augenstein will take time to develop a personalized plan for you. Once you agree on a treatment plan, Dr. Augenstein will go over what to expect before, during, and after the procedure to ensure that there are no surprises.
There are several different approaches to facelift surgery. Determining which technique will work best for you involves a variety of factors, including your opinion and concerns, as well as your skin quality. Younger patients with only minor facial sagging can benefit from a procedure that targets the midface, such as a mini-face lift. Other patients might require more focus on the lower face and neck area. These patients benefit from additional tightening of the neck muscles for an overall refreshed and natural appearance. The procedure is performed using twilight or general anesthetic, ensuring comfort throughout the surgery.
A facelift can take anywhere from 2 to 5 hours and may be performed with a complementary procedure such as a neck lift or eyelid lift, which would increase the amount of time spent in surgery.
You will need a friend or family member to help you for the first few days following your procedure. Dr. Augenstein will provide a list of aftercare instructions, including prescriptions for any necessary medications. Occasionally, an extensive procedure may warrant an overnight hospital stay just to be safe.
You should expect some bruising and swelling in the days immediately following your facelift, although swelling should peak about 3 days after surgery. Pain can be easily managed with medication prescribed by Dr. Augenstein. Many patients return to work 1 ½ to 2 weeks after surgery and are capable of resuming exercise within 3 weeks.
Dr. Augenstein encourages you to contact him with any questions or concerns in the days and weeks leading up to and following your facelift procedure. He will provide you with his personal email address and phone number to ensure you can reach him at any time.
According to RealSelf.com, the average cost for a facelift in Charlotte, NC, is about $10,575. The costs vary depending on each person’s specific preferences and needs. We will provide a full estimate based on the treatment plan you and Dr. Augenstein agree on during your consultation. Insurance companies do not cover the cost of cosmetic procedures.
It is important to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon for aesthetic procedures, especially of the face and neck. Dr. Augenstein is one of the few plastic surgeons who is certified both by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery. At the time of your consultation, you will have a thorough discussion of the risks and outcomes to any surgery.
Sometimes, nonsurgical procedures like dermal fillers and BOTOX® Cosmetic can be combined to provide a slight lifting effect. This is often referred to a liquid facelift. This can be a good option for the right person, however, the results are typically not as dramatic as what can be achieved with facelift surgery. Dr. Augenstein will determine which approach will work best for you based on your skin and the level of correction needed.
Dr. Augenstein has helped thousands of men and women reclaim their confidence with a more youthful, vibrant, and revitalized appearance. Request a consultation online, or call our office to schedule your appointment.
From Our Clients
“Adam C. Augenstein, MD is down to earth, very modest, and personable. He is extremely attentive to details and has the utmost consideration when operating and caring for all his patients so all experience the highest-level care and safety.”
“Phenomenal facility, staff, and Adam C. Augenstein, MD was amazing! He listened to my concerns and created the game plan for treatment. He made me feel as though my concerns mattered and he wasn’t trying to just sell me on more surgery.”
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