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How Your Face Changes With Time

As you age, your face undergoes a natural and gradual transformation. The loss of skin elasticity becomes noticeable over time, leading to loose or sagging skin, especially around the cheeks and jawline. A decrease in collagen and fat volume results in a loss of facial fullness, leading to hollowed areas and the formation of wrinkles and deep lines. These changes can be exacerbated by lifestyle factors like sun exposure and smoking, which accelerate the aging process.

Additionally, muscle activity and bone structure also affect how your face changes with time. The muscles may weaken or become imbalanced, leading to dynamic wrinkles, while alterations in bone density can affect the shape of your face, giving you a sunken or hollowed look. Dr. Burchhardt has a keen understanding of these changes and brings her aesthetic insights and finesse to facelifts, helping both men and women reclaim their youthful contours with a facelift in Naples.

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Facelift: An Overview

A facelift—known as rhytidectomy—is a surgical procedure to reverse the visible signs of facial aging. Dr. Burchhardt meticulously tightens and repositions the underlying facial muscles, removes excess skin, and redrapes the skin to create a smoother, more youthful appearance. The result is a natural look that never appears stretched. By repositioning facial tissue that has descended due to aging, Dr. Burchhardt can restore a rejuvenated and refreshed look and enhance your overall facial harmony. She personalizes the surgical plan to address your concerns, ensuring long-lasting facial rejuvenation.

Types of Facelift

Facelift and Necklift

A facelift paired with a necklift is the foundational procedure in facial rejuvenation. Together, these procedures address significant signs of aging across the entire face and neck. Dr. Burchhardt places well-hidden incisions along the hairline, around the ears, and under the chin to access the underlying muscles and tissues. She lifts and repositions these structures, removing excess skin and redraping the skin without tension to restore a more youthful and refreshed appearance that never looks stretched.

Revision Facelift

A revision facelift in Naples is a surgical procedure performed to address signs of aging that have recurred since a prior lift or to correct the results of a previous facelift. Over time, the natural aging process from a prior surgery may necessitate a revision. Dr. Burchhardt re-evaluates your facial anatomy and addresses residual or renewed laxity, wrinkles, or asymmetry. Revision facelifts are customized to each individual’s unique needs to refresh and refine the appearance while maintaining a natural look.

Deep Plane Facelift

A deep plane facelift is an advanced surgical procedure that fully repositions the deeper facial structures, particularly the muscles and connective tissues or SMAS layer beneath the skin. Unlike SMAS facelifts, where most of the dissection is in the superficial layers, a deep plane facelift works at a deeper level to provide more natural and longer-lasting results. As a surgeon skilled in deep-plane technique, Dr. Burchhardt is able to lift and thoroughly reposition the facial tissues to maintain the natural contours of the face, offering a comprehensive and natural-appearing solution for facial rejuvenation.

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SMAS Facelift

A SMAS facelift in Naples is a surgical procedure to address the midface and lower face, particularly for individuals with advanced signs of aging. The SMAS, or superficial musculoaponeurotic system, refers to the layer of muscles and connective tissues underneath the skin and the superficial layer of fat. During an SMAS facelift, the skin is elevated, providing access to the deeper SMAS layer. Dr. Burchhardt tightens this SMAS layer for long-lasting r results. Excess skin is removed, and the remaining skin is redraped to ensure a natural look. A neck lift (platysmaplasty) is often combined with a facelift to address neck sagging and enhance overall facial harmony.

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Mini Facelift

A mini facelift is a smaller procedure compared to a full facelift. This procedure usually focuses on the lower half of the face, particularly the jawline and neck. Using shorter incisions, Dr. Burchhardt lifts and tightens the underlying tissues, removes excess skin, and enhances facial contours. A mini facelift in Naples is a popular choice for those with early signs of aging or those seeking subtle facial rejuvenation after a previous lift.

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Preparing for Facelift

Your facelift journey begins with a thorough consultation with Dr. Burchhardt. During this meeting, she will assess your concerns, medical history, and expectations. She’ll also provide you with detailed instructions on how to prepare. This includes discontinuing certain medications and supplements that could increase bleeding risk and avoiding smoking and alcohol in the weeks leading up to the surgery.

Dr. Burchhardt may also recommend certain skincare routines and dietary guidelines to optimize your skin’s health and overall well-being. Additionally, you’ll need to arrange for someone to assist you during your recovery and make any necessary adjustments to your work and social commitments. Being well-prepared ensures a smoother surgical experience and contributes to the most favorable postoperative outcomes.

Facelift Corrects:

  • Sagging skin
  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Jowls and loose neck skin
  • Loss of facial volume
  • Hollowed cheeks and temples
  • Facial asymmetry
  • Excess fat deposits in the lower face
  • Deep creases around the nose and mouth
Woman after face lift in Naples

Facelift Recovery & Results

Following your facelift in Naples, you will experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort, which can be managed with prescribed pain medication and cold compresses. However, many patients only require Tylenol for pain control after their surgery. Dr. Burchhardt will provide specific guidelines for wound care and activity restrictions during this time. Most patients must take a week or two off work and avoid strenuous activities for a few weeks.

As the weeks progress, you’ll notice a gradual improvement in your appearance, with reduced swelling and bruising. Your final results will continue to refine over several months, and you’ll see a more youthful, rejuvenated version of yourself. If you have an important event where you’ll want to look your best, it is recommended to allow for at least two months of recovery between your surgery and the event. Remember to follow Dr. Burchhardt’s post-operative instructions diligently, including any scheduled follow-up appointments. This ensures the best possible outcome and long-lasting satisfaction with your results of your facelift in Naples.

Facelift FAQs:

What is the ideal age for a facelift?

There is no specific age requirement, but facelifts are often sought by individuals in their 40s to 60s or 70s. The suitability depends on the extent of aging and individual goals, as well as the overall health of the individual.

How long do facelift results last?

The facelift results are long-lasting, typically up to 10 years. Since the aging process continues, gradual changes of aging will recur over time. Nonsurgical adjunct treatments such as injectibles or laser resurfacing can help preserve a refreshed look for years to come after surgery.

Are there non-surgical alternatives to a facelift?

Yes, non-surgical options like dermal fillers, Botox, and laser treatments can improve facial appearance. However, these treatments all address unique aspects of the aging process. Laser treatments improve skin texture and color, while dermal fillers or fat transfer restore lost volume. However, only a surgical facelift in Naples can address the more advanced signs of aging by repositioning tissue that has descended due to gravity and removing loose skin.

Is a facelift painful?

Discomfort is common after a facelift, but it is manageable with prescribed pain medication. Most patients find the level of discomfort to be tolerable, and many patients only require Tylenol for pain management after their surgery.

How long is the recovery period for a facelift?

The initial recovery takes about 1-2 weeks, but full recovery and optimal results can take several months. It’s essential to follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions carefully.

Can a facelift be combined with other procedures?

Yes, facelifts are often combined with procedures like eyelid surgery, brow lifts, or neck lifts for comprehensive facial rejuvenation. Discuss your aesthetic goals and concerns with Dr. Burchhardt to determine the best approach for your needs.

Before and After of neck lift in Naples

Before & After


Why Choose Dr. Daniela Burchhardt?

Dr. Daniela Burchhardt is a double-board-certified facial plastic surgeon specializing in cosmetic surgeries of the neck and face, including facelifts in Naples. What sets her apart is her unique perspective—she pairs her aesthetic sensibilities with surgical expertise and technical excellence. Her surgical background is centered around operating on the tissues in the face and neck. With Dr. Burchhardt, you can trust that your facelift will be performed by a highly skilled specialist who understands the intricacies of facial anatomy. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Burchhardt today.

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