It happens to all of us. One day you look in the mirror and see wrinkles, sagging and other signs of aging that weren’t there before. The reality is that our face is the first place to reflect the aging process.

As we age, the tissues of our face and neck lose elasticity and weaken. The volume of our features deflates and shifts downward, creating a sagging, aged appearance. The results of these multi-layered and multi-vectored downward shifts can be seen in the widening of the lower face along the jawline, sagging jowls, and laxity of the skin of the face and neck. Which can make many people begin to look older than they feel.

We have all seen these changes in those around us and too often we accept them as inevitable. However, we know there is a progression to these changes and it is no longer necessary to yield to the captive effects of time and gravity. Today, more than ever, there are techniques and interventions that can alter this progression. The plastic surgeons at Belcara Health have extensive experience with helping patients successfully achieve a natural-looking, youthful neck and jawline they desire.

Facial Enhancement

Facial enhancement employs a wide range of surgical and non-surgical procedures aimed at restoring the youthful harmony of your face. The time to consider facial enhancement has little to do with your chronological age, but rather when your concerns about your appearance start to affect your confidence. If you think you look older than you feel, and the signs of aging are affecting your confidence and lifestyle, a facial enhancement procedure may help.

We understand that most patients want to look like themselves, only improved and more youthful. By using a comprehensive, customized approach to facial enhancement, we are able to give patients the refreshed, natural-looking changes they desire, without showing the signs of surgery or intervention.

The Multi-Vector Approach

At Belcara Health, we evaluate all aspects of your facial appearance, from brow to neck, and recommend a treatment plan that counterbalances the downward shifts of skin and volume that meets your personal needs. By addressing all your features together as a whole, and not as isolated entities, your surgeon will be able to restore complete facial harmony and provide you with a more youthful, natural-looking result.

The multi-vector lift approach to facial contouring re-establishes the natural curves and lines of the cheeks, face, jawline, and neck without disruption or irregularities. It relies on the re-positioning of existing tissues to restore volume for the subtle curves and lines that create a natural-looking, youthful appearance.

What results can I expect?

A Facelift uses a multi-vector approach to re-establishes the natural curves and lines of the cheeks, face, jawline, and neck without disruption or irregularities. It lifts and re-positions existing tissues of the lower face and neck to restore volume for the subtle curves and lines that create a natural-looking, youthful appearance.

For an optimal outcome, it is vital for your expectations to align with your treatment plan, which is why we educate you about all your treatment options and work with you to customize a plan that best meets your goals.

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Who is a good candidate for a Facelift?

Patients considering a Facelift should be in good general health, should not smoke cigarettes, and have a realistic understanding of what can be accomplished with the procedure. Facelift surgery cannot stop the aging process, instead it is meant to “turn back the clock” a few years. During your initial consultation, your Belcara Health Plastic Surgeon will discuss your concerns, goals, medical history, and expected result with you and determine the best treatment plan to meet your needs.

What does a Facelift procedure involve?

A Facelift is typically performed under moderate sedation or general anesthesia. An incision is usually placed along the hairline by the temple, then it courses in front and behind the ear in a natural skin crease and ends along the hairline behind the ear. This incision is designed to hide in natural skin creases and minimize scarring while providing the necessary access to lift and re-position the sagging tissues of the face and neck. By using the multi-vector approach, a Facelift provides youthful transformations that are more comprehensive and natural looking in a safe and proven technique that is usually performed in just a few hours.

For an optimal outcome, it is vital for your expectations to align with your treatment plan, which is why we educate you about all your treatment options and work with you to customize a plan that best meets your goals.

“My face looks beautiful. The contours are youthful and so pretty. My earlobes hang freely, and my face looks bright and refreshed, not false at all. It’s a tremendous boost in confidence. I loved working with the entire staff. Everyone is so smart and has an excellent sense of humor and knowledge about aesthetics, the surgical experience, and recovery. My coordinators were terrific; I was always able to get appointments when I needed them and at times that worked with my schedule. The nurses reassured me and were so patient with my questions. I was grateful to Lisa for meticulously removing dozens of stitches with no pain whatsoever. I loved my M.D. anesthetist who made me laugh when I was scared. I so appreciated the aesthetician who gave me camouflage makeup to prepare me for my first day back at work–and showed me how to use it. And I loved my surgeon for being an artist and making me prettier than I ever thought possible. Most of all, I love the compliments!”

Where will the procedure take place?

For your privacy, convenience, and comfort, Belcara Health offers an on-site surgical center. Because safety is our first concern, our facility meets the most stringent requirements. We are certified by Medicare and licensed by the state of Maryland as an ASC. We are one of the few outpatient surgical facilities to earn accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). This high-level accreditation is proof of our commitment to the highest quality patient care and signifies that we have met the rigorous standards of a nationally recognized third party.

What should I expect during recovery?

Following Facelift surgery, you will be able to rest in the comfort of your own home. Because you will have been under anesthesia, you must have someone to drive you home after surgery. It may take several hours for the anesthesia medication to wear off, so expect to be groggy for a while.

Every patient’s recovery is different and depends upon the extent of their personal treatment plan. You may experience some bruising or swelling in the first few days following surgery, but these typically resolve in 1-2 weeks. Your surgeon will give you thorough instructions that are tailored to your individual case, but in general, patients can expect the following:

  • Rest in bed the day of surgery and limit activity for the next 3-5 days.
  • Avoid bending or lifting heavy objects for 1 week
  • Avoid strenuous activities for 2 weeks
  • Typically, you can return to work within 7 to 10 days.

The details of your Facelift treatment plan will depend upon your concerns, your anatomy, and your goals.  In addition to surgical solutions, we may recommend non-surgical procedures, such as injectables, peels, lasers, and skincare products to help you maintain your youthful appearance.

Liquid Facelifts

We’re often asked about “liquid facelifts.” A liquid facelift refers to non-surgical procedures designed to temporarily restore a more youthful appearance. These minimally invasive treatments offer subtle, natural-looking, age-defying results for wrinkle correction, facial contouring and restoring lost volume. Using a range of injectable products including Botox, fillers, and Sculptra – as well as fat transfer procedures using your own natural fat – liquid facelifts can effectively reduce the signs of aging quickly and with no downtime. They do require maintenance appointments every six to 18 months depending on the treatment used. Dr. Robertson and Dr. Mostovych are leading specialists in facial enhancement procedures and will work with you to determine a treatment plan that suits you and your goals.

A Comprehensive Approach to Facial Rejuvenation

At Belcara Health, our goal is to help you achieve a naturally youthful appearance that is long-lasting. In our experience, a balanced, comprehensive approach helps patients achieve their goals most effectively. Each patient has unique needs and frequently other procedures are combined with facelift surgery for a more complete rejuvenation, including the following:

  • An Eyelid Lift or Brow Lift procedure, performed at the same time as a facelift can provide complete facial harmony and balance by addressing excess skin and puffiness of the eyelids, or drooping of the eyebrows.
  • A fat transfer procedure can help restore facial volume while simultaneously improving skin quality
  • Injectables such as BOTOX or Fillers can smooth wrinkles or add volume to refine features.
  • Laser Resurfacing or Chemical Peel treatments can improve skin tone and texture around the eyes.

Our Practitioners Who Specialize in Facelifts

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Dr. Bradley C. Robertson

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, Facial Surgery Specialist

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Dr. Nadia K. Mostovych

Board-Certified Head & Neck Surgeon
Facial Plastic Surgeon

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Dr. Gary A. Vela

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon & Body Contouring Specialist

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Are you ready to learn more? We’re ready to help. Get to know your younger self. Request your consultation online, or call Belcara Health at (410) 296-0414.

Financing & Payment Options

Obtaining the funds for elective procedures and products can sometimes be difficult, especially in these challenging economic times. At Belcara Health, we have a dedicated financing department, designed to help you get the financing you need, for the procedures you want.

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