LYFLift (Love Your Face Lift, pronounced “LifeLift”) is a FULL facelift procedure performed in the office under local anesthesia to rejuvenate your face, lifting the face and neck, thus improving facial contours and enhancing your neck and jaw line. We call it “LYFLift” because we know you will Love Your Face after this procedure!
Do I Need A Lyflift Facelift?
With age, gravity, sun exposure, tobacco, and the stresses of daily life take their toll on our faces and necks.
Deep creases appear beside the mouth, the jaw line slackens and becomes jowly, and the neck develops loose folds and fat deposits.
The LYFLift Facelift counteracts these signs of aging by tightening the layers underneath the facial skin, removing fat, and trimming excess skin, giving your face a fresher, and more youthful look.
The LYFLift Facelift will rejuvenate the mid- to lower face and neck. It is most effective for patients who want to correct:
- Midface sagging.
- Deep creases between the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds).
- Jowls due to loss of muscle tone.
- Sagging areas of fat.
- Loose skin and fat under the chin, jaw, and neck.
Is A Facelift Right For Me?
The LYFLift Facelift will produce a dramatic improvement in appearance for patients with the problems mentioned above. However, it does not stop the aging process; in time, signs of aging will gradually appear once again.
Furthermore, it will not rejuvenate the brow, eyelids, nose, and the forehead. Patients who want to improve these areas may consider combining the LYFLift Facelift with a brow lift or eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty).
Facial fat grafting, as well as, injectable soft-tissue fillers, facial implants, and skin resurfacing can also enhance the effects of the LYFLift Facelift.
The best candidates for the LYFLift Facelift:
- Wish to improve one or more of the signs of aging indicated above.
- Are men or women whose faces have begun to sag, but whose skin still has some elasticity.
- Are generally healthy.
- Do not smoke.
- Have realistic expectations.
- Are considering a facelift for personal reasons, not because someone else is pressuring them to do so.
During your consultation, Dr. Bonillas will discuss whether the LYFLift Facelift is right for you.
The LYFLift Facelift is an outpatient procedure performed in the office under local anesthesia. This is NOT a mini facelift! This is a FULL facelift procedure that normally takes about three to four hours to complete.
All incisions, and eventual scars are hidden in the hairline and natural contours of the face.
Because this procedure is performed in the office under local anesthesia, Dr. Bonillas will give you a cocktail of medications by mouth that will relax you and allow you to sleep. The face is then numbed with injections. An incision is made under the chin, and this provides access for liposculpting of the neck with liposuction, if needed. This also allows for tightening of the neck muscle bands, which re-contours the neck.
Next, each side of the face is performed by making an incision that begins within the temporal hairline and travels down to the front of the ear, around the earlobe, and behind the ear, then along and into the hairline. Again, liposculpting of the neck and jawline is performed, if needed, followed with lifting and repositioning of the deeper tissues, skin trimming and redraping, followed with closure. A small drain is placed which is removed the following day.
Dr. Bonillas will wrap your face and head in bandages immediately after the procedure. Most sutures used are absorbed by the body, and any remaining will be removed one week after your procedure. You will follow up with Dr. Bonillas the following day to have your face and neck checked, and bandages reapplied.
Many patients return to work by the third week. Camouflage cosmetics can be used to minimize the appearance of bruising.
At first, you will experience swelling, numbness, bruising, and a feeling of tightness or tension in the face and neck. Your face may look uneven or distorted, and your facial muscles may feel stiff. Most of these usually resolve within 3-6 weeks, and sensation typically returns to normal within a few months. Scars become less red, raised, lumpy or itchy with time.
You should be gentle with your skin and hair as you recover. Men may need to shave behind the neck and ears where areas of beard-growing skin have moved.
Results do not last forever. You may want to have another procedure in eight to ten years. But in another sense, the effects are permanent; years later, your face will continue to look better than if you had never had a facelift.