Robert M. Wald, Jr., MD - The Aesthetic Institute
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Category: Facelifts

Facelift Surgery Recovery

Undergoing facelift surgery, or rhytidectomy, can produce a significant change in your appearance and boost your confidence by removing excess loose skin, smoothing creases, correcting sagging jowls, and rejuvenating your face. One of the most essential factors in the success of your facelift is your recovery period, which may be daunting if you are unaware of what you should expect. Below is a timeline of what you can expect during your recuperation.

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Your First Week of Recovery

Directly after your facelift surgery, you can expect to experience bruising, swelling, and redness. Feelings of discomfort or nausea may occur, which can be relieved by pain medication and rest. Some patients experience sensations of tingling, burning, tightness, tenderness, or numbness in their face, ears, and neck for the first week. Having a friend or loved one as your caregiver for the first one or two days is an excellent way to ensure a comfortable recovery. Drainage tubes and light surgical dressings may be applied after your surgery and will help reduce side effects. Keeping your head in an upright, elevated position is advised. After one or two days, patients should begin to gently walk to the restroom and around the house a few times every day, slowly adding more light activities. Your first week should be focused on relaxing and getting plenty of sleep.

After One Week

Swelling, bruising, and tightness should begin to subside at this point. Direct sun exposure should be prevented. Light activities are permitted, but strenuous activities should still wait until you have recovered further. Some of the other symptoms should also begin to dissipate after the first week.

After Two Weeks

Most symptoms should completely resolve at this point. Patients are cleared to begin laying in a reclined position, but sleeping flat on your back should still be avoided for another week or so.

After Six Weeks

All side effects should dissipate at this point, and scars begin to fade. It can take up to one year for scars to fully heal and become almost invisible. Regular activities can be resumed, including some exercising. Make sure to consult with your surgeon to see what activities are permitted.

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Your Final Results

The outcome of your facelift surgery will be determined by your surgeon’s experience and skills, and your body’s recovery process. It can take up to 12 months for everything to heal and for your final results to become evident. Most patients look significantly younger with a smoother, refreshed facial appearance. Following your surgeon’s post-surgical care instructions, taking the time to rest and fully recover, and maintaining a positive outlook will increase your satisfaction with your facelift results. It is recommended that you use a quality skin care regimen to help maintain your results. In the future, non-surgical options for maintaining a youthful appearance can include injectable fillers and BOTOX® Cosmetic to address sagging, loose skin, wrinkles, and hollowed areas of the face to replenish volume. INFINI™ radiofrequency (RF) microneedling can enhance skin quality and eliminate wrinkles and fine lines. Most facelift procedure results last up to ten years, and taking preventative measures can help prolong your results.

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Wald or learn more about facelifts, call our office at (714) 312-3549 or fill out our online contact form.

Fillers vs. Facelift

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Patient underwent facelift and neck lift surgery with Dr. Wald.

Nobody wants to admit they are aging, but our faces can slowly betray us and tell a different story. Facial aging affects everyone, and if you live a harsh lifestyle that may involve excessive alcohol consumption and significant amounts of sun exposure, visible aging might affect you sooner. Luckily, we can slow and improve facial aging through at-home creams, non-surgical treatments, and surgery. But the wrong treatment can leave you with lackluster results that do not create the youthful appearance you desire.

At-Home Creams

At-home products are ideal for keeping your skin hydrated, preventing acne, and occasionally treating discoloration. However, you shouldn’t be fooled by products that claim they will reverse wrinkles through a cream or serum. Collagen loss deep in the facial tissues is what cause wrinkles and laxity. At-home products cannot penetrate deeply enough to provide you the correction you desire.

Fillers to Erase Wrinkles

Wrinkles from volume loss are typically the result of collagen loss, which occurs as a natural part of the aging process. You can begin to develop wrinkles as early as your late 20s. If you’ve begun to show signs of wrinkles, but your skin has still retained its youthful firmness, then fillers are the ideal treatment for you. Dermal fillers, or other injectables like BOTOX® Cosmetic, are ideal for treating the following:

  • Nasolabial folds
  • Crow’s feet
  • Under eye wrinkles
  • Smile lines
  • Volume loss at the cheeks

Facelift to Improve Sagging

The primary goal of a facelift is to reverse sagging that has caused a drooping appearance. A facelift address aging of the lower-third of the face including the cheeks, jawline, jowls, and neck. During facelift surgery, we remove excess hanging skin and lift the weak facial tissues. This deep correction is the key to achieving natural and long-lasting results.

Facial Enhancement Alternatives

If you are experiencing aging in the upper face that is caused by sagging skin, you may consider a combination procedure that includes one or more of the following:

To discuss your facial needs with a board-certified plastic surgeon, schedule a consultation by calling 714-312-3549.

Non-Surgical Facelift vs. Traditional Facelift

We all want to look and feel younger. Unfortunately, time can become our enemy as the aging process takes hold. Fine lines, wrinkles, and creases seem to develop very quickly before we even realize it. Many people try various at-home treatments to remedy their signs of aging but see very little satisfying results.

Surgical Facelift

When a person decides that enough is enough, they may start leaning towards the idea of facelift surgery. Even though a facelift makes you look 12 years younger according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, surgical procedures can be intimidating. Surgery entails a long recovery, anesthesia, and postoperative pain and discomfort.

Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation

The INFINI™ radiofrequency (RF) microneedling device uses the latest technology to eliminate wrinkles and improve the quality of the skin. INFINI™ is a non-surgical facelift option that offers a less invasive approach than traditional facelift surgery. Depending on each patient’s facial anatomy and preferences, they may choose to undergo a traditional facelift or an INFINI™ non-surgical facelift procedure.

Which facial rejuvenation procedure is right for me?

When deciding on a facelift option, it is important to understand what each procedure is designed to target and what outcome you can potentially achieve.

Traditional Facelift Surgery

INFINI™ Non-Surgical Facelift

  • Procedure: Through an incision made along the hairline, loose skin and fat are removed. Excess skin is trimmed, and the remaining skin is pulled back and sutured.
  • Benefits:
    • Offers long-lasting results
    • Smoothes fine lines and wrinkles
    • Eliminates excess skin
    • Corrects sagging jowls
  • Cons:
    • Long recovery
    • Anesthesia
Before and After Facelift Surgery

Before and After Facelift Surgery

  • Procedure: High intensity focused RF (radiofrequency) is used to deliver thermal energy deep into the dermis to stimulate collagen production to create smoother facial skin.
  • Benefits:
    • Tightens and lifts the facial skin
    • Eliminates fine lines and wrinkles
    • Improves skin quality
    • In-office procedure
    • Minimal discomfort
  • Cons:
    • Doesn’t correct significantly sagging facial skin
      Before and After INFINI™ Laser

      Before and After INFINI™ Laser

Both the traditional facelift and the INFINII™ non-surgical facelift can help a person achieve amazing results. They will notice their facial skin is more taut and firm with a dramatic reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. Dr. Wald can evaluate your facial anatomy and severity of facial aging to help you decide on the right procedure.

To learn more about facelift surgery and the INFINI™ laser, schedule your consultation with Dr. Robert Wald today! He is an experienced plastic surgeon who can help you achieve smoother, more youthful facial skin. Contact us by calling (714) 312-3549 or by filling out our online contact form.

Face and Neck Tightening Without the “Nip and Tuck”

Getting older can be frustrating. No matter how many creams and anti-aging treatments we try to use to halt the process, sagging skin and fine lines can seem to sneak up on us overnight. Aging can cause some turmoil in our lives, but it doesn’t mean we don’t have options to stop it in its tracks.

Facial surgery, such as a facelift or neck lift, can reverse the signs of aging. But for many people, the word “surgery” can be scary. Surgery involves anesthesia, scalpels, and a long recovery, which all sound like a painful and inconvenient way to get rid of sagging skin, fine lines, and wrinkles. What if we told you that you could get results almost as good as a facelift but without the “nip and tuck?” Now, with the INFINI™ laser treatment system, you can! INFINI™ reverses the aging process by reducing the appearance of wrinkles on the face and neck while it lifts and tightens the skin.

What’s so great about the INFINI™ laser?

INFINI™ Before and After PhotoWhat are the benefits of the INFINI™ laser?

  • Minimal downtime
  • Safe on all skin types
  • No pain
  • Long-lasting results

How does INFINI™ work?

The INFINI™ treatment system works by delivering radiofrequency that targets coagulation zones within specific layers of the dermis. Its high-intensity laser heats up as Dr. Wald manipulates it to individually adjust the depth of the needles to match it to each patient’s skin type and goals.

When will I see results?

Three weeks after treatment, patients will notice a brighter skin tone and a significant reduction in oil secretion (for patients will oily skin). After one month, the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and skin laxity will be lessened. Over the next three months, the condition of the skin will continue to improve, and the appearance of wrinkles, skin laxity, enlarged pores, and scars will diminish. Full results will be apparent after three months, and patients will notice a smoother, more youthful skin complexion.

How long will my results last?

Unfortunately, there is no definitive stop to the aging process. INFINI™ can reverse years of aging on the face and neck, but it cannot prevent future aging. Patients who benefit most from the procedure continue to practice a healthy diet and regular skin care regimen, including protecting their skin from the sun. Continued maintenance of the facial skin can help patients to enjoy their results for a long time.

If you would like to learn more about INFINI™ and other non-surgical options to rejuvenate your appearance, schedule your consultation with Dr. Robert Wald today. Contact us by calling (714) 312-3549 or by filling out our online contact form.

Non-Surgical Facelift Using The Infini Laser

Treatment For Aging, Sagging Skin, And Wrinkles Of The Face

infini laserPatients generally receive laser treatments during the Fall or Winter seasons in order to avoid the sun. Now, the Infini laser provides patients with the luxury of receiving nonsurgical facelifts all year round. Other lasers can’t effectively treat darker skin pigmentation, whereas the Infini device is safe for all skin types. The Infini laser reverses the aging process by removing wrinkles and lifting/tightening the skin. 

What is the Infini Laser?

The Infini is a microneedling, fractional radiofrequency device that targets coagulation zones within specific layers of the dermis. The Infini is a high intensity laser that adds heat only at the distil tip. Dr. Wald can manipulate the laser by specifically adjusting the needles depth to match the desire of each individual patient.

What type of results can I expect? 

Within three days to one week Post-Treatment patients notice a brighter skin tone and significant reduction in oily secretion, for those with oily skin types. One month after treatment patients see improvement of fine wrinkles and skin laxity. There is continuous improvement of fine wrinkles, pore sizes, scars, and skin laxity up to three months after treatment. The Infini laser removes wrinkles, sagging, acne scars, and reverses the aging process.

Infini Laser - before and after pictures

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Recovery and Downtime using Infini Laser

The technology of the laser provides maximum comfort with little downtime. Holes from the treatment will be completely closed within just two hours after treatment. Some patients may experience some bruising, but makeup can be applied the following day. 

If you are considering a non-surgerical facelift using the Infini laser, schedule your consultation with Dr. Wald today. Contact our office at (714) 312-3549, or fill out our online contact form here for additional information.

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Robert Wald, MD
100 E. Valencia Mesa Drive, Suite 300
Fullerton, CA 92835


Phone: 714-312-3549
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