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Facelift

Trying to maintain a youthful facial appearance or even trying to turn back the hands of time a bit seems like such an appealing thought to most of us. Facelift surgery, however, often sounds like such a daunting procedure. Most patients are wary of looking “operated on” and would rather just appear more rested and natural. The good news is that this is precisely the philosophy at Wake Plastic Surgery and such results can be obtained.

Why choose Dr. Stoeckel?

Dr. Stoeckel uses a facelift technique called a high lamellar SMAS flap facelift that specifically addresses the components of the face that start to “sag” with time. The surgery separates the facial structures into components that are intentionally treated individually as components to achieve the most effective, natural, and long lasting result. The surgery takes longer than many other techniques, but delivers the most predictable results.

Dr. Stoeckel's Facelift Results

What areas of the face are improved with the procedure?

How difficult is the recovery?

There is surprisingly minimal pain associated with facelift surgery. There is notable bruising and swelling for almost all patients that needs to be understood. Most patients are very presentable in public in 2-3 weeks, but the end results are not seen for up to 3 months.

How long do the results last?

Face and neck lift results are variable from patient to patient. I tell my patients that the procedure will reverse the clock, but it does not stop the clock. If someone appears to be 10 years younger after their facelift, it will probably take about 10 years to return to the starting appearance.

Can I get good results with a “quick lift”, “thread lift”, “lifestyle lift”, or “lunchtime lift” ?

Not all facelifts are the same. This is such an important fact that everyone needs to understand. If the procedure that catches your interest is advertised on an infomercial that suggests that it can be completed on your lunchtime break, you probably need to keep looking for a better answer. There are very predictable and constant changes that happen to each of us as we age. And there is a natural and predictable way to treat those aging patterns, but it does involve a significant surgical procedure with real risks and real down time… but with very effective results.

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