After you turn 25 years old, your body slowly begins to start showing signs of aging. This includes aches and pains from sitting in the wrong position for too long as well as physical changes like wrinkles and grey hair. The aging process can expedite due to certain external factors like pollution, smoking, and even losing your teeth.

As your face shows signs of aging, you might start investing in creams and other ‘anti-aging remedies’ to help look younger. Although this might help, they won’t make a huge difference. At some point, you might consider plastic surgery like a facelift. Is a facelift right for you? Or is an alternative treatment a better option?

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What’s a Facelift?

A facelift, otherwise known as a rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that reduces the signs of aging on the neck and face. The surgery involves making incisions near the hairline and separating the skin from the connective muscles and tissue. Then, the surgeon repositions the facial tissues to get rid of the jowls and removes the excess skin. Lastly, the surgeon will lay the skin over the rejuvenated facial tissues to present a smoother, more contoured appearance. The entire procedure takes around two to five hours.

Facelifts can help address:

  • Sagging skin on their face and neck,
  • A sunken-in appearance
  • Deep fold lines around the corner of the mouth and between the nose
  • Jowls in the cheeks and jaw
  • Excess fat and loose skin in the neck that appears as a double chin or turkey neck

Facelift Recovery

A facelift is a highly invasive procedure with a long recovery time. On average, it takes around 30 days to get back to doing your normal activities. However, it can take up to a year for all swelling, numbness, tightness, and bruising to subside. If you get a facelift, expect to take a few weeks off of work to recover.

What Results to Expect

Facelifts do not have a guarantee of results. Some patients experience far better results than others. In some cases, alternative or additional procedures may be necessary to achieve desired results. However, a facelift can help reduce turkey neck, sagging skin, and deep wrinkles. The results are not permanent and after five and a half years, nearly 21 percent of facelifts will relapse.

Possible Complications

A facelift doesn’t come without risks. Since it’s a highly invasive procedure, it’s done under general anesthesia. Like all procedures that use general anesthesia, there are risks for complications. Facelifts face the possibility for other serious complications including:

  • Bruising
  • Bleeding
  • Hematoma
  • Damage to facial nerves that control muscles
  • Loss of hair at the incision site
  • Scarring
  • Infection
  • Numbness
  • Skin necrosis
  • Thickening or widening of the scar
  • Unevenness between different sides of the face

Complications can cause permanent damage. Is a younger appearance worth these risks?

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Facelift Alternative: FOY®  Dentures

If the results of a facelift sound appealing but the procedure, recovery, and complications don’t, that’s okay. With FOY® Dentures, you can achieve similar results as a facelift as well as a beautiful new smile, but without the highly invasive procedure, complications, and lengthy recovery. At Smile Columbia Dentistry, we offer the Denture Fountain of Youth®. FOY® Dentures use neuromuscular principles to support your facial features to shave years off your appearance.

Unlike a facelift, FOY® Dentures address the cause of the sunken-in appearance on your face. When you lose natural teeth, the jaw bone starts to resorb. As it resorbs, your facial structure no longer has the support it needs to maintain its height. The facial structure slowly starts to collapse and causes the skin to look stretched out and loose which causes more wrinkles and sagging skin. FOY® Dentures help support the facial features again.

Think of your skin like a tent. The poles are your facial structure that holds up the skin. When the poles are too short, it causes the tent to sink in. FOY® Dentures are like getting the right size poles for your tent. It will perfectly stretch and support the tent material, giving your face the support it needs for a youthful appearance!

FOY® Dentures Benefits

FOY® Dentures offer a wide range of benefits you won’t find with a traditional facelift procedure. These include:

  • Non-invasive procedure
  • Instant results
  • No recovery period
  • More youthful appearance
  • Improved smile
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Long-lasting
  • Highly-functional

Even if you decide to get dental implants to support your dentures, the procedure and recovery are still significantly better than facelift surgery. If you already wear dentures or have missing teeth, FOY® Dentures can help you achieve a better-looking smile, improved quality of life, and a more youthful appearance.

Look Years Younger with FOY® Dentures in Columbia, SC

Skip a traditional facelift and opt for new dentures instead. You will love your new smile and your younger appearance! Contact Smile Columbia Dentistry at (803) 781-9090 to book an appointment with our dentures dentist in Columbia, SC today.