(The Short Omega Scar, Ogee Lift & MACS lift)
The history of facial rejuvenation surgery has largely involved the manipulation of facial soft tissues under tension. The result is always tighter, but not necessarily younger. The youthful, beautiful face is curvilinear, not flat. Tightness occurs only in the post-surgical face, not in the normal aged or youthful face. Fullness and convexity of the upper face and the absence of jowls, with a smooth tight neck is an indication of health, vitality, beauty and youth. Dr. LoVerme’s techniques prevent the unnatural “wind tunnel” appearance we often see on TV.
Look at pictures of yourself at age 20 or 30 – cheeks are full, lower eyelids are short and your neck is flat, with a well-defined jaw-line. That’s what a facelift should achieve at our New Jersey center – not tension, which is what plastic surgeon Paul LoVerme, MD calls the “wind-tunnel” appearance. Traditional, two-dimensional manipulations of the aging face are inadequate for the complex, three-dimensional demands of a youthful result. The Ogee Lift is the first major advancement since facelift surgery was first described in 1920.
One type of facelift procedure we perform is the Ogee Lift. The Ogee Lift raises the soft tissues of the lower face back to their youthful position in the midface (cheeks) and raises the corners of the mouth without a stretching appearance. And, it is done with an Omega incision, concealing the scar behind the ear so that hair can be worn up or short and no scar or hairline abnormality is visible behind the ear. It is an excellent facelift procedure for men, too. While swelling may last longer, results are vastly improved.
Another type facelift performed by Dr. LoVerme is the MACS lift. In selected patients, this procedure lifts the midface, jowls. and neck with shorter incisions and less recovery time. SMAS modification is another important technique Dr. LoVerme uses to lift the face’s sagging muscles as well as the skin. Many facelifts also combine fat transfer to the face to enhance volume and give a youthful appearance.
For further information on facelift surgery, or other types of cosmetic surgery procedures, contact Dr. Paul J. LoVerme.
Frequently Asked Questions
Patients typically have many questions about the facelift procedure before deciding to proceed with surgery. To provide you with the most relevant information about the procedure, we have included Dr. LoVerme’s answers to many of the most common questions he receives from facelift patients:
Q: Who is a good candidate for facelift?
A: Men and women experiencing areas of facial sagging due to skin, tissue, and/or muscular laxity may benefit from a facelift performed by Dr. LoVerme. Using a variety of innovative facelift techniques, he can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, deep creases, jowls, and other key signs of facial aging. Good candidates for facelift need to be in good overall health for surgery and must not smoke for at least six weeks prior to the procedure. If you would like to find out if facelift surgery is the right facial rejuvenation option for you, we suggest scheduling a consultation with Dr. LoVerme. During your consultation he will review your medical history, perform a comprehensive physical examination, evaluate your facial appearance, and develop a customized treatment plan that can achieve your cosmetic goals.
Q: Is there a prefered age for facelift?
A: There is no “best” age for undergoing a facelift. While some men and women are ready for a facelift in their 40s, others may not feel the need until their early 70s. Every face ages differently depending on a variety of influences. Sun exposure, genetics, skin type, biology, lifestyle, and other factors all contribute to the rate and manner in which the face ages. Typically, it takes the keen eye of an experienced plastic surgeon to properly evaluate the face – by assessing the skin, underlying structures, and overall appearance – and determine which surgical or non-surgical approach may deliver optimal results. If you believe you may benefit from a facelift, contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. LoVerme.
Q: How long does it take to recover after a facelift?
A: Each facelift procedure is customized to meet the unique needs of each patient, and therefore, some surgeries may be more extensive than others, requiring either more or less recovery time. Generally speaking, facelift patients can expect the initial recovery to last approximately two weeks. Swelling and bruising after surgery is common, and fades fairly quickly with proper care. The full results are usually visible around three months once the tissue has had time to heal completely. Dr. LoVerme will thoroughly discuss post-op care instructions and the recovery you can expect from the specific type of facelift you are having done. If facelift is combined with another procedure, like brow lift or eyelid lift surgery, your recovery may take a bit longer.
Q: Will I experience facial numbness after my procedure?
A: After facelift surgery, you may experience some temporary facial numbness during the recovery period. This typically subsides within a few weeks or months, depending on the extent of your procedure. During your consultation, Dr. LoVerme can discuss what degree of facial numbness, if any, you can expect after your customized facelift procedure.
Q: Will my facelift look natural?
A: Creating natural looking facelift results is just as important to Dr. LoVerme as it is to you. His many years of experience have allowed him to perfect his techniques to provide elegant results that help his patients look youthfully rejuvenated and refreshed, not surgically enhanced. His favorite phrase is, “It doesn’t have to look natural to be natural!”
Q: How long will my facelift last?
A: While the face will continue to age after your facelift, the benefits of Dr. LoVerme’s expert surgical skill can last long into the future. Typically, patients report aging more gracefully after their facelift. When new visible signs of aging appear, non-surgical rejuvenation options such as injectables and laser treatments may provide adequate improvement, if desired. Some patients may wish to undergo a touch-up procedure or even a second facelift many years after their initial facelift to freshen their results.
Q: Will I still have wrinkles after a facelift?
A: Facelift surgery will not completely erase the presence of wrinkles; rather, it can reduce their prominence and create a more youthful appearance overall. If diminishing your facial wrinkles is your only goal, Dr. LoVerme will likely suggest a less invasive procedure, such as injectable fillers, BOTOX® Cosmetic the popular wrinkle reducer, or laser resurfacing with our Ellipse® FRAX laser.
Q: How much will my facelift cost?
A: There are a variety of factors that influence the total cost of a facelift procedure. During your consultation with Dr. LoVerme, he can provide a personalized treatment plan and pricing estimate based on your needs.
In the Media
Dr. LoVerme is one of the few surgeons who perform Ogee facelift in the New York and New Jersey area. Castle-Cannolly Guide and New York Magazine have listed him in the Top Doctors in the New York Metro area.
“21st Century Facelift”
(New Jersey Monthly July Healthcare)
A facelift is not what it used to be, at least not in the hands of Paul J. LoVerme, MD, a board-certified plastic surgeon and founder of the LoVerme Center for Plastic Surgery in Verona. “The number one difference is that tightness is out,” he explains. Instead, the rounded cheeks of youth are in. The Ogee facelift will lift your cheeks and restore the roundness to the middle of your face. SMAS modification is another important technique Dr. LoVerme uses to lift the face’s sagging muscles as well as the skin. Tisseel or fibrin glue is another component of good facelift, he counsels. “It promotes healing, decreases bruising and gets people back to their normal routines faster.” Restoring volume may be accomplished with injections of your own fat. And finally, your neck should be smooth and tight. “Tightening the muscles underneath the skin of your neck to give a good contour to your jaw line is the last essential element of your facelift.”