Women and men who come to our Fort Worth practice for a facelift consultation often ask Dr. Camp about the various types of facelift procedures they’ve read about online. Dr. Camp doesn’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to facial plastic surgery, and tailors the procedure to each patient’s unique physical characteristics and specific aesthetic concerns. In every case, however, Dr. Camp uses advanced surgical techniques to create natural-looking results and a rested, refreshed appearance.
A Customized Procedure
Successful cosmetic surgery results begin at the consultation, which is why Dr. Camp spends the time needed to understand your concerns and aesthetic goals and to explain your options in a way that’s understandable. He asks you to bring in one or more photos of your younger self to help him create an appearance that appears extremely natural. This is the kind of attention to detail that Dr. Camp is known for, and it allows him to customize his surgical approach to meet your needs.
The days of a stretched or “windblown” look following facelift surgery are long gone. Dr. Camp uses the most modern surgical approach, which focuses on lifting and repositioning the tissue and muscles of the face, rather than simply stretching the skin tight. This technique is called a SMAS facelift. SMAS stands for superficial muscular aponeurotic system, which refers to the deeper, more substantial layer that supports the tissue. A SMAS facelift produces results that last longer and look more natural than a traditional facelift that focuses only on the skin.
Dr. Camp tailors the SMAS technique based on your needs. In some cases, he restores volume to the mid-face area, while in other procedures he will provide more definition to the jawline and improve the contours of the neck.
Recovery After Facelift
Your recovery after a facelift involves both a physical and social timeline. Facial plastic surgery is unique because your face is visible at all times.
During the initial phase of your recovery, you should expect some swelling and bruising, and discomfort that can be managed with pain medication. Some numbness is also typical following a facelift.
Most patients can return to work after a week, but that depends both on the physical nature of the job and the level of privacy. Makeup can camouflage bruising at this point in most cases, but not all. It’s best to postpone strenuous exercise until about 3 weeks after the surgery.
For patients who are planning to attend a high-profile social event, such as a wedding or class reunion, it’s a good idea to give yourself a buffer of at least 6 weeks between the surgery and the event.Back to Top