Face Lift Surgery in Mexico
When you see yourself in the mirror, are you disappointed with the visible signs of facial aging in your reflection? Do you have horizontal bands across your neck or sagging skin under your chin that resembles a “turkey wattle” or jowls? If so, you might benefit from undergoing facelift surgery with VIDA Wellness and Beauty in Tijuana. Our board-certified plastic surgeons are experts at combating noticeable signs of aging throughout the face while delivering natural-looking results.
When to Get a Facelift
Over time, the body slowly halts the production of two proteins that are essential to maintaining healthy, elastic skin: collagen and elastin. Without these proteins, the skin starts to sag. Fat is displaced. Muscle tone declines. These developments cause visible signs of aging to appear throughout the face.
In addition, environmental factors such as frequent exposure to pollution, lifestyle choices such as smoking and certain hereditary traits can accelerate the aging process.
If you are experiencing the bothersome aesthetic effects of the natural aging process — wrinkles, deep furrows, severe facial folds, jowls, sagging skin throughout the neck area or hollow pockets throughout the face — it might be time to pursue a face lift in Mexico.
What Happens During a Facelift Procedure?
Facial rejuvenation surgery can be performed on an outpatient basis and used general anesthesia or “twilight sedation”. We recommend that out-of-town visitors recover at VIDA Wellness and Beauty’s relaxing recovery boutique, so we can provide 24-hour nursing care.
The exact surgical approach to facelift surgery, including the type of incisions, varies by patient. During consultation, your experienced plastic surgeon evaluates your facial structure and reviews your aesthetic concerns before suggesting an appropriate treatment protocol.
The traditional approach to facelift surgery involves making an incision on both sides of the face, starting at the temple and extending downward toward the ear, terminating either behind the ear or in the scalp region. Once your plastic surgeon has made the incisions, he carefully lifts a skin flap, so he can repair the supporting tissue structures and musculature.
The surgeon re-distributes any displaced fat. He pulls the residual skin taut and excises the excess skin before closing the incisions with the technique that best conceals the incision sites.
Different patients will have different aesthetic goals, and thus, require a different approach to facial rejuvenation surgery. It is possible that your problem area is mainly on your forehead, or on your cheeks. If signs of aging in your face are concentrated to one area, your surgeon might recommend a lower facelift, mid facelift or upper facelift in place of a full facelift.
A full facelift will treat your entire face, usually from your forehead to your jawline and in some cases, include an eyelid lift (blepharoplasty). An upper facelift focuses on the area above your eyes, a mid facelift focuses on your nose, cheeks and upper mouth, while a lower facelift, the most common, focuses on the area below your mouth. A lower facelift is very popular because it can address some of the most common signs of aging, including:
- The nasolabial folds
- Sagging jowls and jawline
- Neck. Must patients undergoing a lower facelift combine this procedure with a neck lift.
Is a Face Lift Safe?
It is normal for patients to wonder about the safety of facelift surgery. Facelift surgery is generally very safe, but just like any other surgical procedure, there are risks and potential complications to consider. These include:
- Anesthesia risks
- Poor wound healing and scarring
- Facial nerve injury
- Hair loss at the incisions (temporary or permanent)
- Swelling and bruising
The best thing you can do to make your facelift as safe as possible is to go to an accredited facility and be seen by a board-certified plastic surgeon, with experience in facial rejuvenation procedures. A qualified plastic surgeon will be able to explain in detail the complications of the facelift and the steps taken to put your health and safety first.
Male facelifts are among the most requested plastic surgeries in recent years. With a facelift, men can achieve a younger, better-rested look that preserves strong and defined features.
At VIDA we understand that men interested in facial rejuvenation surgery want to erase signs of aging without sacrificing their masculine features, which is why our team of plastic surgeons carefully designs the surgery with this in mind. During your initial consultation, the surgeon will discuss the following:
- His experience with male facelifts and show you pictures of actual patients
- How he is planning to place the incisions, working with your hairline
- Your aesthetic desires and expectations for the procedure
- If your facial hair is going to be affected
As for pricing, the average cost for a facelift is $6,000 USD. Men’s facelift costs are not different from when the procedure is performed on a woman, however, this price can vary. The final price for male patients is determined by their aesthetic objectives, whether they are getting a full or lower facelift and their overall needs.
Facelift Recovery Timeline
The recovery period for a facelift is generally about two weeks. Many postoperative symptoms subside within one week, but it typically takes closer to two weeks for all visible symptoms to become less noticeable and for you to feel comfortable.
In order to know what to expect after a facelift, we created a general recovery timeline, that examines the progress you can expect. It is important to keep in mind that individual results and pain thresholds vary for all patients, so your recovery might be longer or shorter. If you are also having a neck lift, or just had a lower facelift, again, recovery times will vary.
- First 7 days of facelift recovery. The first days after surgery are the most uncomfortable, but with help from your doctor and pain medications, you’ll be feeling like yourself in no time. You’ll notice swelling and bruising, both of which can increase for the first 48 hrs post-surgery. On the third day, these start to dissipate and you’ll feel more comfortable. During these first days, you’ll need someone to help with simple tasks like driving you home from the clinic, running errands and household chores. It is very important that you rest as much as possible and keep your head elevated at all times.
- 7 to 14 days of facelift recovery. At this stage, most patients report feeling more comfortable. Swelling and bruising decrease substantially while your general energy and strength will recuperate. You may need to go see the surgeon for a follow up appointment where he will evaluate your progress and remove your stitches. At the end of this time period, most patients are clear to resume their normal routine as long as they are indoors and do not include strenuous activities.
- 2 weeks to a month of facelift recovery. The beginning of week 3 is usually great for patients. Swelling, redness, bruising and numbness will be minimal or gone and most patients report feeling comfortable to go out in public at this point. Patients will also be able to appreciate the full results of the surgery, without bruises or stitches present.
- Long-term facelift recovery. After a month has passed, most patients report very minimal discomfort and side effects. While residual tightness of the skin can take several months to fully disappear, it is barely noticeable at this point. Most patients are allowed to go back to exercising 4 to 6 weeks after the surgery.
Pain after a facelift. A lot of patients worry about how much pain they will feel, after all, the face is a very sensitive area of the body. The pain will vary from patient to patient, but your surgeon will prescribe pain medication to keep you comfortable. As the swelling decreases, so will the pain and you’ll feel increasingly stronger with time.
When Can I Exercise After a Face Lift?
Patients are encouraged to take a break from their full exercise routines for at least 6 weeks. As a general guideline, you’ll be encouraged to take short walks as soon as you leave the clinic. Staying active will help your body heal and reduce swelling.
You should remember to take things slow for the first couple of weeks and avoid direct sunlight and sweating.
Two weeks after surgery, and if the doctor agrees, you may be able to do some more activities, but no weight lifting or contact sports. Most patients are cleared to exercise without restrictions 6 weeks after their facelift.
Always check with your doctor, regardless of how good and recuperated you feel.
When Can I Go Back to Work After a Face Lift?
Going back to work after your facelift can be a very delicate decision. You will likely have to take 7 to 10 days off from work for medical reasons. After this, your doctor will most likely determine that it’s safe for you to return to work and other normal activities. Most patients also report feeling physically ready at this point too.
While you may feel energized and comfortable, your face will probably still show clear signs of the procedure: visible incisions, small bandages, swelling or bruising. It is a very personal decision, and if you’d like to wait until your facelift becomes unnoticeable, then you should wait for 2 to 3 weeks after surgery before going back to the office.
Face Lift Scars: What to Expect
Facelift scars are practically invisible, even at a close distance, thanks to the techniques our surgeons use. As with any surgery, scars can only develop in the incision site and during a facelift, your surgeon will carefully plan the incision placement in a hidden area of your face. Most of the incisions are placed inside the ear canal, behind the ear and/or blended in with the hairline, and you don’t have to shave the area. Your surgeon will either use surgical staples or self-dissolving sutures, making the incisions even less conspicuous.
You can also minimize the possibility of scarring by not scratching the incisions, protecting the area from the sun, staying hydrated and not smoking.
How Much Does a Facelift Cost in Tijuana?
The average cost for a Face lift at VIDA ranges from $6,000 to $7,200 USD. This costs vary depending on the exact amount of work you get done.
A lower facelift in Tijuana almost always includes a neck lift, and costs $6,000 USD on average. On the higher end of the budget, a full facelift which usually includes eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) costs $7,200 USD on average.
This price includes the surgeon fee, anesthesia and anesthesiologist fee, facility and medication during your surgery. If you are visiting from out of state, a VIDA representative will pick you up from the San Diego International Airport at no extra cost.
We believe in transparent pricing, which is why we recommend you have a virtual consultation with Dr. Quiroz at no cost. You can discuss your goals with the surgeon and get a personalized quote in less than 48 hours, with no hidden costs. You can also see before and after results of Face & Neck lift patients here.
Apart from the major surgery costs, we also like to remind patients to budget for the following extras:
- Medical supplies, such as gauze and bandages
- Pain medication
- Overnight stay at our Recovery Boutique if you’d like to start your recovery process with us and our caring nurses
- Flights if you are traveling to us
While the exact price for a facelift varies by patient, the cost of the surgery is considerably more affordable at our clinic than in the States. We offer savings of 50 to 60% in all surgical procedures while offering the highest standards in medical care with board-certified surgeons and anesthesiologists, a state of the art clinic and comprehensive care in your language.
Learn More About Face Lift Surgery in Mexico
If you feel that noticeable signs of facial aging are making you look older than your actual age, it is time to combat them with face lift surgery. You can start turning back the hands of time today! To schedule a private consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons to learn more about facial rejuvenation surgery, contact VIDA Wellness and Beauty by calling (619)738-2144 (toll free) now.