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Facelift Surgery Performed by Dr. Kristina Tansavatdi

Facial signs of aging are one of the most common aesthetic concerns that arise as women and men alike move through new stages in their life. Wrinkles, lines, and sagging skin across the face, chin, and neck can be frustrating and upsetting. You may see your reflection and think that you look older than you feel. You may wonder if you’ll ever feel good about your appearance again. You’re not alone. Even though facial aging is natural and can’t be avoided, many people seek ways to slow, reduce, or turn back the aging process.

What can a faceliftsurgery do for me?

Although facelift surgery can’t stop the aging process, it can take several years off of your appearance. It can create natural, aesthetically pleasing facial contours and help you love the way you look even as you grow older. Most facelift patients feel as though they look about ten years younger after their surgery, thanks to the procedure’s ability to reduce and eliminate some of the most apparent signs of aging. In particular, facelift surgery can:

  • Smooth wrinkles and lines on your face and neck
  • Tighten the muscles of your face
  • Remove loose skin under your chin and jaw
  • Remove or reposition excess fat around the chin to create smoother facial contours
  • Reposition volume around the jawline and cheeks to a higher position to successfully provide a more youthful appearance
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Eliminate signs of aging with a facelift procedure

While we don’t often want to think about the inevitability of growing older, the aging process will eventually affect every one of us. It’s only natural—as time passes, our bodies change and respond to our environments. Sometimes the changes are good, but other times they can negatively affect our appearance or confidence.

Our Westlake Village facelift surgery offers people with these concerns a chance to age beautifully. Facelift surgery can’t make you look 20 years old again (and it’s not supposed to), but it can help eliminate the most irritating signs of aging. These can include sagging skin, jowls around the jawline, and deep facial folds. The goal of a facelift is to create a naturally sophisticated look that plays up your best features and lends health and vitality to your appearance.

For patients in Thousand Oaks, CA, and the surrounding areas, facial plastic surgeon Dr. Kristina Tansavatdi offers high-level expertise with extensive training in facelifts and other procedures. She holds dual board certifications in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology, and she specializes in helping her clients achieve beautiful, natural results that can last for years to come. Dr. Tansavatdi is also compassionate and knowledgeable: when you meet with her, she will help you understand your treatment options, risks, and candidacy, as well as the benefits of having facelift surgery. Dr. Tansavatdi and her team will guide you through every step of your journey to a rejuvenated appearance. For more information or to schedule your consultation, please call our office at (805) 715-4996. Serving Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Oak Park, Simi Valley, Malibu, Calabasas and Santa Barbara.

Dr. Tansavatdi: What is a facelift?

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Will it look like I’ve had “work done”?

If you live in the Westlake Village area, you’re probably aware that there is something known locally as a “Westlake look”. This is the appearance of an individual who has undergone plastic surgery and now looks overdone and too plastic. You can get the beautiful, subtle results you want without looking like you’ve had “work done”. Dr. Tansavatdi’s patients can attest that when she performs a facelift procedure, it never results in a plastic or overdone appearance. Her patients want to look natural, and she understands and respects that. Dr. Tansavatdi’s goal is always to ensure that you still look like yourself, but without the signs of aging that are hurting your self-confidence.

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Your consultation with Dr. Tansavatdi

During your consultation with Dr. Tansavatdi, you will discuss all of the concerns you have and why you wish to pursue a facelift. She will evaluate your facial structure and skin, create an outline of your surgical plan, and educate you about the facelift techniques or other treatments that will best address your needs.

This in-person meeting will help you learn more about how a facelift can improve your specific appearance and confidence, or determine if there is a better option for you that can achieve even better results for your goals. If you’re in the Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, or surrounding areas, we will help address your aesthetic concerns.

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How is facelift surgery performed?

Dr. Tansavatdi performs several types of facelift surgeries, depending on each patient’s individual needs. Facelifts can be performed on the upper, mid, or lower face specifically, or on the entire face. The latter type is called a “full” or “traditional” facelift, and it’s the most widely recognized and comprehensive method of performing a facelift. It’s the procedure most often recommended for patients who have signs of aging on the brow, near the eyes, on the cheeks, and around the chin and neck. Traditional facelift procedures can use a variety of incision types to treat surface-level or deeper tissue layers, and to change the degree of invasiveness. 

During the procedure

In general, Dr. Tansavatdi uses an approach that creates an incision in front of and behind the ear, which may extend into the scalp. During the next step of the procedure, Dr. Tansavatdi gently separates the facial skin from the underlying tissue and lifts the deeper layers. She tightens and lifts the facial muscles to reduce wrinkling and sagging, removes excess fat and skin, repositions pockets of fat into areas that need volume, and re-drapes the skin over the area. The skin is then smoothed and sutured in place. After closing the incisions, Dr. Tansavatdi applies surgical dressings to the face to protect the wounds and to minimize swelling, bleeding, and the potential for hematoma formation.

After the procedure

You will be moved to a monitored recovery room for an hour or two while the anesthesia wears off, and then you will be free to return home. You’ll need to have a responsible adult who is designated ahead of time to pick you up and bring you home. This person will also review recovery instructions with Dr. Tansavatdi, and should remain with you for at least 24 hours after your procedure. Dr. Tansavatdi performs facelift surgery using moderate sedation or general anesthesia to keep you comfortable. Surgeries are performed at an accredited outpatient facility or a local hospital. Your recovery progress will be carefully monitored by Dr. Tansavatdi and her team during regular follow-up appointments.

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Am I a candidate for facelift surgery?

Facelift surgery is a common procedure sought by women and men as they age. The typical facelift patient is between 40 and 70 years old and has significant signs of facial aging such as moderate to severe wrinkles or sagging skin. Facelifts may be performed on patients younger or older than this as long as their concerns warrant surgical intervention and they are healthy enough to undergo the procedure safely. Patients should be in good overall health, should be non-smokers (or willing to stop smoking prior to their surgery), and should have appropriate expectations of the risks and benefits associated with cosmetic surgery. Patients should also be able to take up to two weeks away from work or daily responsibilities to make a full recovery. You will need to be willing and able to follow Dr. Tansavatdi’s recovery instructions carefully to ensure a swift healing process. Your recovery is essential to a safe and satisfactory outcome, and we may recommend waiting to undergo a facelift until you are certain you can make the necessary commitments.

What if I’m not a candidate?

If you are not a good candidate for a facelift at this time, Dr. Tansavatdi does offer a full range of other facial plastic surgeries and non-surgical anti-aging treatments. She can work with you to create a treatment plan that will address your concerns without compromising your wellbeing. Your other options may include a brow lift, eyelid surgery, injectables like Botox or dermal fillers, RF-based device treatments, skin resurfacing treatments, or facial fat transfers. She may also recommend a combination of some of these procedures alongside your facelift for best results.

Why we recommend a consult

A facelift provides the best results in women and men who are seeking an effective and long-lasting solution to signs of aging across the face and neck. The only way to find out for certain if a facelift is right for you is to schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Tansavatdi in Thousand Oaks, CA. Dr. Tansavatdi carefully screens each patient to determine their candidacy for surgery. It is important to be honest about your medical history in order to minimize the risk of any complications during and after surgery. We will help you understand all of your anti-aging options so you can make an informed decision about your procedure(s).

Facelift post-operative care instructions

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Recovering from facelift surgery

Facelift surgery involves different phases of recovery. In the first few days after surgery, you should expect to require some bed rest. It is common to experience swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort. Any pain can typically be managed with over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol, although Dr. Tansavatdi may prescribe pain relievers if necessary. We will give you helpful aftercare instructions to keep you comfortable and minimize side effects as quickly as possible. Patients can expect to require 10 to 14 days away from work or normal daily activities. 

This will be enough time to allow swelling and discoloration to subside and to ensure that your recovery is on track. You should take care to sit and sleep with your head elevated, use only gentle facial products as directed by Dr. Tansavatdi, avoid activities that might cause pain or injury, and attend all of your scheduled follow-up appointments. Strenuous exercise or other intensive activities should be avoided for six to eight weeks, as increased heart rate and blood pressure may interfere with the healing process. Dr. Tansavatdi will clear you for certain activities as you heal.  

Dr. Tansavatdi will provide detailed post-op instructions and meticulous aftercare services to each patient. Our team is always available should you have questions at any point during your recovery. Final facelift results are achieved within about four months. You can expect your results to last up to ten years, and you will continue to look younger than your age as time passes. With good skincare techniques, including sun protection or regular skin treatments with Dr. Tansavatdi, you can keep your skin in its best shape possible for life and extend the results of your surgery.

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Though facelifts are widely available and well-known, they should only be performed by board-certified, licensed, and experienced plastic surgeons. It is best to seek a specialized surgeon who focuses on facial plastic surgery and to be absolutely certain they have a strong track record of successful facelifts with satisfied patients.

Dr. Tansavatdi’s credentials and expertise are unmatched in the Thousand Oaks, CA, area. She has received extensive training in facelift surgery and other facial aesthetic procedures, and has treated thousands of patients over her career. She is known among local and international circles for her ability to deliver beautiful, natural facelift results, and she has a reputation for excellent patient care as well as outstanding outcomes.

Tansavatdi Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery proudly serves the broader area of Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills, Simi Valley, Malibu, Calabasas, and Santa Barbara. We provide a complete range of facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries including facelifts, brow lifts, rhinoplasty, and more. For more information, please call (805) 715-4996 or contact us online to schedule your consultation for arguably the best facelift Thousand Oaks has to offer.

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