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"Patients' Choice Award" by Vitals.com
Dr. Sam Naficy has been awarded the "Patients' Choice Award" by Vitals.com - a website dedicated to rating the quality of physicians across the country. Out of 720,000 physicians, only 5% received this honor.
FACE LIFT RECOVERY
Seattle, WA - Face lift recovery. Most patients are pleasantly surprised to hear that recovery from a facelift can be quite brief. Seattle facial plastic surgery expert, Dr. Sam Naficy, performs a number of innovative and minimally-invasive face lift and neck lift procedures with recovery times as brief as just a few days. Read more about the recovery here......
THE FEATHERLIFT TECHNIQUE - As seen on Oprah
Seattle, WA - Facial plastic surgery without the scalpel!?
See how you can turn back years in just minutes with the exciting Featherlift procedure. "The Featherlift (also known as Feather lift, Thread lift, Suspension lift, and Contour lift) is quicker and more predictable than Thermage", states the Seattle Plastic Surgeon. "Combined with Botox, Restylane, Fat injections, or Sculptra, you can get the younger face you want without the down-time or expense of facial plastic surgery." Read more about the Featherlift procedure......
DR. SAM NAFICY VOTED TOP FACIAL PLASTIC SURGEON
Seattle, WA - Face lift, neck lift specialist.
Voted "Top Doctor" by his medical peers in facial plastic surgery
Facelift & Neck Lift FAQs
Below you will find a list of some of the more common questions related to facelift & neck lift surgery that our patients have asked over the years. If you have a question for which you don't see an answer here, we welcome you to ask us.
What features can be improved with a facelift & neck lift?
The facelift and neck lift procedure addresses the laxity of the lower face and neck. It is also typically combined with neck liposuction to remove excess neck fat when present.
What is the best age to have the surgery?
Most of our patients coming in for face and neck lift procedures are in their late 40s to late 50s. They have started to show early sagging of the face and neck and are trying to be proactive about maintaining their youthful appearance. Typically, face and neck lift procedures can set back the clock by about 8-10 years. Although aging will continue, you will always look better for your age than if you had not had the surgery. Face and neck lift procedures can be safely repeated in 8-10 year intervals.
Why is smoking so bad for facelift surgery?
Smoking reduces blood flow to the skin and can delay healing after surgery and, in some instances, can result in scarring.
How is the surgery performed?
Incisions are made around the ears and the skin is carefully lifted from the lower face and neck region. The muscles of the face and neck are then tightened to produce a natural, long-lasting effect. After adequate tightening of the deeper layers, the skin is redraped and excess skin is carefully trimmed and meticulously sutured along the incision lines.
Where are the cuts made?
Facelift incisions are carefully placed within the natural creases in front, within, and behind the ear. After adequate tightening of the deeper structures, excess skin is removed from both sides and the incisions are carefully repaired.
Are there visible scars after the surgery?
Dr. Naficy uses the most meticulous technique and the finest sutures for closure of his incisions, which in most individuals will usually fade to a barely visible thin line. During the first few weeks, the incisions will be more visible and may require use of concealers for better camouflage. The face lift incision photo gallery shows pictures of some of the healed incisions (typically around 2-3 months following surgery) of face and neck lifts performed by Dr. Naficy.
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Will everyone know that I have had a facelift & neck lift?
The goal of facelift surgery is to make you look younger and refreshed but not different. After proper healing, it should not be obvious that you have had facial surgery.
How soon can I go back to work?
Typically you can return to work and social activities in 10-14 days, and sometimes sooner that.
Will I get black eyes?
Not necessarily. Black eyes come from bruising of the skin of the eyelids and this typically does not occur with facelift surgery alone. If blepharoplasty (eye lift) is performed, then there is an increased risk of getting black eyes.
Will I have a surprised look?
Not with a facelift. The occasional surprised look may occur with brow lift surgery and typically only for a few days. The idea is that after a brow lift, there is some swelling and over-correction which may result in the eyebrows being in a higher than ideal position for the initial few days. His corrects itself over time.
What kind of dressing is used?
A fluffy cotton dressing is worn around the chin, and sides of the face overnight. This is removed the day after the surgery, and a lighter dressing is placed for another day. After the second day typically no dressing is needed.
How bad is the pain?
The discomfort after facelift surgery varies form very mild (requiring no pain medication at all) to levels of discomfort relieved with prescription pain medication. Most patients comment that there is no significant pain, but that they feel the tightness of their dressing and take prescription pain medication to help them sleep at night.
How long does the swelling last?
Most of the swelling is improved within the first 10-14 days. By that time, the face looks good enough to resume work or social activities. The residual swelling will gradually improve over the next few weeks.
How soon can I start to exercise?
Light exercise (walking) can be resumed in one week. For more strenuous exercise we recommend waiting 2 weeks after the procedure.
How long do the results last?
Face and neck lift surgery typically set the clock back about 8-10 years. You will continue to age at the same rate as before the procedure and will enjoy the benefits of the procedure for many years after.
At what age are you too old to have a facelift & neck lift?
As long as the person is in good health, there is no age cut-off. Dr. Naficy has successfully performed facelift surgery on patients as old as 80 years of age. Most of our patients in Seattle having facelift and neck lift surgery are in the age range of 45-60.
Does insurance ever pay for facelift & neck lift surgery?
No insurance coverage is available for facelift surgery.
What are the risks of surgery?
There are risks to every surgical procedures and that includes all elective cosmetic procedures. Risks of surgery may include bleeding, infection, scarring, nerve injury, and asymmetry. Fortunately these risks are uncommon.
How long does the surgery take?
The surgery typically lasts 3 hours, but will last longer if eyelids, brow, or other areas on the face are addressed at the same time as the facelift and neck lift.
What type of anesthesia is used?
We use IV sedation anesthesia, which is a very safe and effective method of anesthesia for facial surgery. IV sedation anesthesia is extremely safe compared to the standard general anesthesia techniques used today. The main advantages of IV sedation anesthesia are: (i) it does not require putting a breathing tube in the throat, (ii) it does not require a breathing machine, (iii) the recovery is much faster, (iv) there is much less "hang-over" from anesthesia, and (v) there is much less nausea. All these elements translate into greater comfort and safety. Dr. Naficy has used this technique of anesthesia in several thousand plastic surgery procedures without any anesthetic complications.
How do I choose a surgeon?
When choosing a surgeon for your facelift & neck lift, consider the following:
- Have you looked at enough of the surgeon's before and after pictures?
- Does the surgeon regularly perform facelift & neck lift procedures?
- Does the surgeon specialize in the face?
- Do you have a personal referral from a trusted source?
- Is the surgeon certified by either the ABFPRS or ABPS?