Facelift and Neck Lift in the Inland Empire
At Second to Creation, we believe that everyone harbors an inner light and beauty. That inner beauty motivates you, nurtures your relationships, and allows you to face every obstacle with an inner reserve and strength.
But we know that it can be a little harder to tap into that personal beauty once we start to age. When our appearance no longer reflects how we feel inside, it can be hard to feel proud and confident about your appearance. Your vibrant inner self can be obscured by jowls, sagging cheeks, and sagging skin around the neck. When you want to regain that inner joy and pride about your appearance, a powerful rejuvenating procedure like facelift surgery can help.
Dr. Brian K. Machida, the founder of Second to Creation, is a facial plastic surgeon who’s renowned for his facelift. He performs a highly specialized facelift called a deep plane vertical facelift. His outstanding facelift targets signs of aging from the lower face down to the neck to give patients a smoother, younger-looking appearance. With a facelift, patients can lift sagging skin, contour the face, and soften the appearance of deep creases and lines. During a deep plane facelift, Dr. Machida also tightens the neck, providing rejuvenation that smooths jowls, tightens the jawline, and addresses sagging and creases in the neck area.
Of course, this is your face, and it takes a certain amount of experience and skill for a surgeon to become truly trustworthy enough to perform your facelift. Many patients seeking a facelift in the Inland Empire area choose Dr. Machida because they want someone they can truly rely on through every aspect of their facelift. That’s who Dr. Machida ultimately is—a skilled, dedicated facial plastic surgeon who specializes in the facelift. Dr. Machida has performed thousands upon thousands of facelifts during his illustrious 30-year career practicing cosmetic surgery, and he’s gathered a retinue of sophisticated techniques that have been proven time and time again.
While some cosmetic surgeons only have experience in general surgery, Dr. Machida is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon. Thanks to his years of experience, Dr. Machida has a deep knowledge of facial anatomy and a mastery of facial aesthetics; he knows how to avoid the typical “windblown” look so many people associate with the facelift. With Dr. Machida, you can rest assured that you will look just as you are—only younger and much more vibrant.
What Can a Facelift Do?
A facelift targets the area of the face that’s typically hardest-hit by aging: the lower face. A facelift can do wonders for lifting jowls, creating fullness in previously hollowed areas like the cheeks, and contouring the face.
Of course, Dr. Machida knows that outstanding, long-lasting facial rejuvenation is contingent on addressing signs of aging on the neck, which is why his facelift also smooths, lifts, and tightens the neck. With Dr. Machida’s facelift, patients can also tighten loose skin on the neck and soften the appearance of heavy bands for a sleeker, more youthful profile.
If a patient is vigilant about protecting their skin and keeping a healthy lifestyle, Dr. Machida’s facelift results are expected to last many years.
As remarkable as his facelift is, Dr. Machida likes to point out that a facelift can’t directly address finer signs of aging like wrinkles and fine lines. For a more comprehensive transformation, Dr. Machida likes to combine his facelift with other facial rejuvenation treatments like fractional laser resurfacing or dermal fillers.
Am I a Candidate for a Facelift?
Patients should display a substantial amount of aging to qualify for a facelift; otherwise, many of our patients opt for non-surgical rejuvenation treatments. If you have jowls, sagging cheeks, drapey skin on the neck, or a gaunt or hollow look to the face, then you are an ideal candidate for the facelift.
Some of our patients want to know what the typical age is for patients wanting to undergo a facelift, but Dr. Machida stresses that a patient’s health is a bigger factor as to whether they qualify for the procedure. Patients who are physically healthy with no major untreated health conditions are the best candidates for the procedure; healthy patients are more likely to have a quicker recovery and have a lower risk of suffering complications after the surgery.
Another important factor is the patient’s motivation; an ideal patient should have reasonable expectations for what a facelift can do for them. They should also have a support network of family and friends who can help them through their facelift recovery.
Because nicotine can impede the healing process, patients who smoke are required to quit at least one week before and 10 days after the procedure.
The Facelift Procedure
So many surgeons market their skills through a particular facelift technique, but the mark of a skilled facial plastic surgeon is the ability to personalize their facelift to their patient’s needs. Dr. Machida has a wide retinue of facelift techniques, but he will use the techniques that work best for your facial anatomy and your aesthetic goals.
Unlike many plastic surgeons who use general anesthesia for their facelift procedures, Dr. Machida performs his revolutionary facelift using local anesthesia in the office. His advanced techniques allow him to perform a full face and neck rejuvenation in a remarkable 2 to 3 hours. That shorter operative time with local anesthesia allows for a much safer procedure and a less intense recovery. Make no mistake, Dr. Machida does not have to hurry through the procedure as other surgeons might; instead, he has the experience and skill to complete the procedure without the risks associated with general anesthesia.
If a patient requires a neck lift, Dr. Machida will perform this procedure at the same time as the facelift. To perform the neck lift, Dr. Machida will create incisions behind the ears and under the chin—all areas that can easily hide a scar. Then Dr. Machida will remove excess fat, remove excess skin, and tighten the neck bands. Rather than just pulling on the superficial tissues, which often leads to complications and an unnatural look, Dr. Machida will reposition the underlying tissues to create substantial lift. By addressing all the tissues that have been affected by aging, Dr. Machida can ensure that the results of the neck lift last as long as possible.
Deep Plane Facelift in Inland Empire
In addition to the traditional facelift procedure, Dr. Machida exclusively offers a deep plane facelift, one of the most advanced and effective facelift techniques available. This specialized type of facelift surgery tightens the deepest layers of the face, those located under the SMAS and facial muscles. A deep plane facelift is the most effective facelift option available, creating dramatic transformations that restore a youthful appearance, even in patients with advanced aging.
Since a deep plane facelift works at the deepest levels of the face, it rebuilds the facial structure in ways that other facelift types cannot. This facelift can restore youthful fullness to the cheeks, eliminate jowls, and smooth deep lines and creases in the lower face.
A deep plane facelift is a complex and difficult procedure, one that many plastic surgeons are not familiar with and do not offer. Dr. Machida has invested additional time and training into mastering this technique to ensure his patients achieve the best possible facelift results at Second to Creation.
Neck Lift in the Inland Empire
Dr. Machida offers neck lift surgery, as needed, to patients receiving a deep plane facelift. A neck lift can remove sagging, wrinkled skin and create a smoother, sleeker, and more chiseled neck. But more importantly, a neck lift can help a person achieve a sleeker, younger-looking profile. We also like to stress that, at Second to Creation, we know that aging is rarely localized to one area; it’s one of the reasons why Dr. Machida’s neck lift is almost always done as a complement to a facelift.
Our neck lift is designed to reverse the changes that aging brings to the neck. Our neck has particularly fragile skin, and when our skin inevitably loses elasticity, the skin becomes incredibly wrinkled and droopy. The fat pads under the chin can also reposition and grow larger, which further accentuates a double chin. Even the platysmal bands, the two sheets of muscles that run up and down the neck, can eventually loosen, causing the development of heavy cords and bands on the neck. Second to Creation’s neck lift can remove that excess skin, tighten the loosened muscles, eliminate excess fat, and more. After a neck lift, you’ll be able to enjoy a more refined and youthful profile.
Recovery from a Facelift
Because of Dr. Machida’s advanced techniques, his facelift has a remarkably short recovery time: 7-10 days. If the patient receives a more extensive procedure, the recovery might take up to 2 weeks. Once Dr. Machida clears them, patients can return to work and their daily activities. Some patients have also reported that Dr. Machida’s facelift feels much less uncomfortable than they expected—so much so that prescription pain medication might not be necessary for very long. Still, it’s highly recommended that patients have a trusted family member or friend assist them for the first two days of their recovery.
Patients will feel some temporary tightness, soreness, and bruising after the facelift surgery. Patients will also experience some swelling after the procedure, but most of the swelling dissipates after a month. After that, patients should be able to see their full results, but any residual swelling might take up to a year to fully abate.
Why Should I Choose Dr. Machida for My Facelift?
You will still look and feel like your beautiful self after your facelift, but you should understand that it’s still a major transformation. You need the help of a compassionate surgeon and medical staff to walk you through every step and support you through a time of transition. As talented as Dr. Machida is, what makes him stand out to his patients in the Inland Empire is the incredible hospitality of his practice and his staff’s attentiveness to meticulous post-operative care. He strives to make every patient feel welcomed and accepted because he wants his patients to make this journey with complete confidence and peace of mind.
Additionally, Dr. Machida is one of only a few surgeons in Southern California to offer the advanced deep plane facelift. Most plastic surgeons perform a type of facelift called the SMAS facelift. Since a deep plane facelift targets the deep, underlying facial tissues, not just superficial tissues, it provides a deeper, longer-lasting, and more natural-looking facelift. If you’re considering a facelift, choose Dr. Machida for his advanced techniques and compassionate care.
For a chance to learn more about Dr. Machida’s remarkable facelift, contact Second to Creation here in the Inland Empire for your consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions About Inland Empire Facelifts
Dr. Machida carefully places incisions to minimize visible scarring after surgery. Most of the incisions are placed in the hairline or behind the ear, where they are practically invisible after healing. Dr. Machida uses specialized techniques to hide scars and help them blend into your natural appearance. Once you fully heal, visible scarring should be minimal and difficult to see.
While women account for most of our patients receiving facelifts in Ontario, CA, many men choose to have this rejuvenating surgery too. Dr. Machida operates on both men and women, achieving natural-looking results for both. Men are also good candidates for other facial rejuvenation treatments, including eyelid surgery, BOTOX®, and dermal fillers.
Dr. Machida uses advanced surgical techniques to dramatically reduce downtime after facial plastic surgery. While a traditional facelift requires downtime of several weeks, Dr. Machida’s patients often return to work in just 7 to 10 days. His specialized techniques make him one of the most sought-after facial plastic surgeons in the Ontario and Inland Empire, CA, area. Miss less work and achieve some of the best facelift results in Southern California by choosing Dr. Machida for your surgery.
Dr. Machida’s advanced surgical techniques reduce discomfort and speed up the healing process after surgery. If you do need prescription pain medication, it is typically very short-term. Most patients can manage any post-surgical discomfort with over-the-counter medications after a couple of days.
Dr. Machida is one of only a few facial plastic surgeons using local anesthesia for facelift surgery. Local anesthesia is safer than general anesthesia and leads to a quicker recovery without compromising results. You’ll be sedated during surgery and will feel no pain or discomfort.
Facelift results are not permanent, and some patients choose to have another in five to 10 years. However, in some cases, effects are permanent for several years. Your face will always look better than if the operation had never been performed.
Possible risks and potential complications include bleeding, bruising, infection, swelling, and uneven skin tones. In addition, allergic reaction to anesthetic, blistering, nerve injury, and temporary or permanent loss of facial sensations.
The answer to this question depends upon your need. You can have them done separately or simultaneously if you need an eyelid lift as well. Combining an eyelid lift with a facelift is a common aesthetic surgery.
The deep plane facelift that Dr. Machida uses is one of the most effective techniques for surgical facial rejuvenation. Dr. Machida boasts a satisfaction rate of nearly 100% when performing this procedure.
Brian K. Machida, MD, FACS
Located in the Heart of Inland Empire
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