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Natural Facelift in Atlanta, GA with Dr. Carson Huynh

Collagen and elastin are two of the most vital structural proteins in the human body. They are responsible for keeping the skin youthful, tight, and radiant.

Unretouched photos. Facelift, Neck lift, & Hairline Surgery

When you’re younger, your body produces an abundance of both, but as you age and the longer your skin is exposed to environmental and physical damages, these essential proteins begin to break down at an alarming rate and production cannot keep up. This dramatic reduction is the main cause for an aged appearance of wrinkles and loose, sagging skin. 

To address skin laxity that has caused loose skin and jowls to appear around the cheeks and chin, Dr. C. Carson Huynh is proud to offer patients his advanced deep plane facelift technique the Extended Multiplanar Multivector Facelift  or other mini facelift options, depending on each patient’s individual needs. This highly customizable procedure is essential for addressing aesthetic concerns in the lower two-thirds of the face—an area that isn’t known for responding to non-surgical treatments. During your consultation, you’ll discuss the different components of a deep plane facelift or a mini option, what to expect, and how Dr. Huynh can tailor this treatment to meet your individual needs and aesthetic goals.

To learn more about how a facelift could benefit you, contact Radiance Surgery & Aesthetic Medicine to schedule your personalized consultation with Dr. Huynh. We proudly serve our community in Atlanta and the neighboring communities of Sandy Springs, Buckhead, Dunwoody, Alpharetta, Kennesaw, Roswell, Johns Creek, Duluth, Lawrenceville, Suwanee, Marietta, Brookhaven, and Cumming, Georgia.

What Is a Facelift?

Also known as a rhytidectomy, a facelift is a procedure used to reposition the supportive facial tissue layer called SMAS, facial muscles, and remove loose skin to diminish common signs of aging, including:

  • Jowls
  • Sunken areas of the face that are lacking subcutaneous fat
  • Skin folds around the nose and corners of the mouth
  • Sagging cheeks
  • Loose facial skin
  • Prominent hollows beneath the eyes

An Atlanta facelift with Dr. Huynh can remove up to a decade from a patient’s appearance. During a facelift consultation with Dr. Huynh, he will first ensure that you’re a good candidate for surgery and may discuss partnering procedure options that can help you achieve the full benefits that a facelift has to offer. Many patients also ask about a neck lift, forehead and brow lift or an eyelid lift to address issues on the upper third of the face for full facial rejuvenation.

See how Dr. Carson Huynh’s artistry and passion for his work helped Judy with her amazing transformation in the patient journey documentary video below.

How Does Dr. Huynh Perform
Facelift Surgery?

Dr. Huynh performs Atlanta facelift as an outpatient procedure under anesthesia in our own modern operating room suite. The facelift incisions are hidden inside the hairline at the temple, in front of the ear, then around the earlobe and behind the ear, ending at the scalp area. Dr. Huynh often combines facelifting with a deep neck lift done through a small separate incision placed in a non-visible area beneath the chin.

During the deep plane facelift surgery, sagging or loose muscles and connective tissues called SMAS (Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System) is meticulously released from the retaining ligaments so it can be repositioned to their natural youthful position. Any excess skin and tissue will be carefully removed. In some cases, fat deposits will also be removed from beneath the chin and neck. When using the deep-plane technique, underlying connective tissue layers are repositioned, avoiding the unnatural, wind-tunnel look that can sometimes be associated with excessive skin pulling with other techniques. Lastly, incisions are closed using fine sutures to help minimize visible scarring. Once the healing process is complete, which typically takes about four six months, the incisions will be hardly noticeable.

Why Patients Trust Their Face to Dr. Carson Huynh

Dr. C. Carson Huynh is among an impressive few who have earned a dual board-certification in both maxillofacial and facial plastic surgery. He is fellowship trained and highly experienced in an advanced deep plane facelift technique, The Extended Multiplanar Multivector Facelift. Extended refers to rejuvenation of the lateral crow’s feet region adjacent to the eyes.  Multiplanar refers to addressing multiple tissue layers of muscle, SMAS, fat, skin and Multivector refers to lifting the SMAS and skin layer in multiple directions for the most youthful, long-lasting, and natural looking results. 

His clinical practice is focused exclusively on dealing with facial surgery. He is one of only ten percent of all cosmetic and plastic surgeons capable of performing a deep plane facelift. He only schedules one deep plane facelift patient per day to allow plenty of time and attention needed to successfully conduct a complex procedure, such as the deep plane facelift, to focus all his attention on their individual needs and deliver spectacular results.

Who Is a Good Candidate for a Facelift?

The common age range of patients who come to Dr. Huynh, interested in a facelift is in their 40’s to 60’s. However, many people are now realizing the many benefits of having a facelift sooner than later.  Younger patients who are not yet showing heavy jowling in the lower face may opt for a brow lift or a mini facelift over a full facelift procedure. The best candidates for a facelift want to correct one or more signs of aging and restore their once youthful facial features. It’s important that all patients be in good physical and mental health, non-smokers, and have realistic expectations about the results following their procedure.

before and after neck lift front view case 1955

Unretouched photos. Deep Plane Facelift & Neck Lift

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Unretouched photos. Deep Plane Facelift & Neck Lift

What to Expect from a Facelift Recovery

Once your facelift procedure is complete, Dr. Huynh, or an assisting nurse, will wrap your incisions in bandages which will be removed in the next few days. 

One week after your procedure, you’ll return for a follow-up appointment to have your stitches or surgical clips removed. Swelling, numbness, and bruising are all common side effects of the procedure and should resolve on their own after three to six weeks. 

It’s important that patients follow all Dr. Huynh’s instructions for cleaning and protecting their incision sites to minimize scarring. Once all the incisions have completely healed, ways to keep your scars from ever becoming noticeable is to always apply a sun protectant to your face before leaving the house and reapply throughout the day.

Avoid heavy lifting or strenuous activity for at least two weeks or until Dr. Huynh authorizes you to do so. Anti-inflammatory and pain medications can be prescribed to alleviate any discomfort during the first several days, but many patients report little to no pain after their procedure.

Radiantly, Beautiful Results

Ask About an Atlanta Facelift With Dr. Carson Huynh

The true power of a facelift is its ability to boost a patient’s self-confidence when they look in the mirror or see themself in photos and look as outwardly youthful as they feel on the inside. Feeling confident in oneself has proven to lead to positive changes in a person’s life, including how you interact with other people, the relationships that you’re able to build, and the opportunities that come your way in both your professional and personal life.

With Dr. C. Carson Huynh, you can take control of how you age by scheduling a facelift consultation. He’ll show you facelift before and after photos and answer any questions or concerns that you might have including the cost of a facelift in Atlanta, GA. Call Radiance Surgery & Aesthetic Medicine at (678) 412-0311 or contact us easily through our website today!

Facelift FAQS

The typical age of a facelift patient has been trending lower and lower in recent years to early and mid 40’s as more patients are realizing the benefits of having the procedure sooner rather than later. Numeral age is not as important as degree of changes with laxity of skin, muscle, and fat pads in the face. A thorough examination and analysis during your consult with Dr. Carson Huynh will help you determine if a facelift is appropriate for you.

The SMAS name in a facelift is an abbreviation for the Superficial Musculo-Aponeurotic System, which is a layer of tissue under the skin.  During a facelift, the SMAS tissue is carefully dissected from its attachment to the underlying tissue and repositioned in a higher position to create a more youthful appearance.  This technique of facelifting gives more natural and longer lasting results than superficial facelifting technique where little  to no dissection is done to reposition the SMAS.

A traditional deep plane facelift is the gold standard for correction of tissue laxity along the cheeks and jawline.  The deep plane facelift technique gives more superior and long lasting results compared to a mini facelift.  The extended deep plane extends the rejuvenation benefits all the way from the lower eyelid area down to the jawline.  A mini facelift is typically lower in cost but your results will not last as long and will typically require another treatment after several years.

You can prepare for your facelift consultation by asking yourself what are your realistic expectations and discuss this openly with your cosmetic surgeon.  If your spouse will be involved in your financial decision or supporting you with your postoperative care, it is important for him/her to be present during your consultation as well. 

A facelift usually takes about 3 hours to complete. Facial aesthetic surgery work requires time for meticulous work and attention to detail. When combined with additional procedures such as brow, eyelid, or neck lift, surgery may last for 8 hours or more. This is perfectly safe and typical for healthy patients. During your consultation, your facelift surgeon can provide more detailed treatment plan that can meet your specific needs.

Prior to your facelift surgery day, be sure to review your preoperative instructions provided during the pre op visit.  Avoid taking any medications that could increase your risk of bleeding/bruising.  Maintain a healthy balanced diet to optimize your healing and recovery.  You should also pick up prescribed medications ahead of your surgery day.  Those with a prior history of nausea sensitivity should apply the anti nausea medication patch the evening before surgery.

Recovery after a facelift procedure is a gradual process with a social downtime of 7 to 10 days.  The vast majority of swelling and bruising resolved after the first week.  Sutures are typically removed after 5-7 days and makeup can be applied to camouflage residual bruising during the second week.  Minor residual swelling may remain for several weeks and you will look your best after 2 months out.

Although results can vary, the benefits of facelift should last many years and in some cases forever.  A facelift can help turn back the clock by 5-10 years, but it can’t stop the clock.  It’s important to take care of your skin and face after a facelift to enjoy the benefits for many years to come.

A well done deep plane facelift will have natural long lasting results for many years.  For best results, minor adjunctive treatments such as dermal fillers and skin resurfacing with chemical peels, microneedling combined with sun protection are recommended.

After your facelift, light exercise such as walking is encouraged as soon as you feel comfortable to do so.  You should refrain from more strenuous exercise such as running or aerobics for at least 2 weeks.  Your doctor will advise you for more specific activities along the way as you make progress with your recovery.

Recovery time after facelift surgery can vary, most patients can return to social settings after 7-10 days. Swelling and bruising are to be expected during the first week. You may wear makeup to camouflage residual bruising after the first week. You can return to office and desk work after 2 to 3 days.

Most patients have a social downtime of 7 to 10 days after having a facelift.  You can return to office and desk work after 2 to 3 days.

Results from a well done facelift should be natural, youthful, and long lasting.  Once incisions are well healed, no one should be able to tell that you’ve had a facelift from across the dinner table.  

Facelift surgery is considered the gold standard in facial rejuvenation which can give natural, long lasting results.  Nonsurgical treatment alternatives such as dermal fillers and PDO threads can also provide less dramatic and shorter lasting results.

A liquid facelift refers to injection of dermal fillers in order to sculpt and lift facial structures such as the cheeks. Results of liquid facelift can be further enhanced when combined with treatment using PDO threads to lift the facial skin more effectively without open incisions of a traditional facelift.

Although facelift is generally very safe in healthy patients, there are potential risks you should know about and to discuss with your doctor.  Excess bleeding can increase your risk for a hematoma which is a collection of blood under the skin which may require evacuation.  Although rare, nerve injury and infection are other potential risks of the procedure.

At Radiance Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Medicine, the cost of a facelift starts at $8,000 for the surgeon’s fee plus anesthesia and operating room fees. Many patients often combine facelift with additional procedures such as neck lift, brow and forehead lift, eyelid and lip lift, etc. for comprehensive facial rejuvenation and best results. At Radiance Plastic Surgery, we offer additional savings when combining multiple procedures. You also have additional savings with reduced anesthesia and operating room facility costs this way.

By combining meticulous surgical techniques with careful management of the patient’s blood pressure, Dr. Huynh typically does not have to use drains after facelift and neck lift. In addition, he also use a tissue fibrin product called Artiss, which minimizes postoperative bleeding and bruising for quicker healing.

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