About Facelift Surgery
A life well-lived comes with some unwanted side effects, including lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin and soft tissue on the neck and jaw line. The sun’s radiation, stress, gravity, muscle atrophy, and other factors cause the skin to sag. Though these changes are gradual, wrinkles and other signs of aging can make individuals feel and look older than they really are. To take years off your lower face and neck, the office of Charles P. Virden, MD offers advanced facelift techniques for patients in Northwest Nevada near Reno and Northeast California near Tahoe. A facelift (rhytidectomy) is designed to smooth and firm the skin of the lower face and the neck, providing a fresh, youthful appearance.
Dr. Virden has successfully performed more than 1,000 facelifts and is a highly sought-after surgeon for facial cosmetic surgery. His understanding of facial anatomy and honed technical ability ensure that you receive safe, dramatic, and lasting results. Performing facelift surgery is an art. Just as an artist would use various strokes, colors, and textures to create a signature masterpiece, so too must the surgeon use a variety of techniques to create the best possible results with a facelift. After extensive review, Dr. Virden has chosen not to offer “quick” or “lifestyle” type lifts. He prefers time-tested lifting techniques that will last for a very long time. Dr. Virden performs both full facelifts and mini lifts for patients with limited signs of aging. A “mini lift” is a term that describes a smaller version of the traditional facelift that is appropriate for the patient who has fullness in the mid-face and jowls, plus early neck aging. This occurs in patients around age 45 – 69. This procedure requires much less dissection and downtime than a traditional facelift. Dr. Virden wants you to be clear that this smaller lift is held strongly by deep internal tissues and will last many years. It is NOT a QuickLift™ or a Lifestyle Lift®. Dr. Virden also utilizes his own technique of lifting the mid-face with small sutures creating a youthful cheek bone silhouette.
The best candidates for facelift surgery:
- Have aged skin with lines, wrinkles, or sagging skin
- Have realistic expectations
- Desire a long-term, natural-looking solution
"Excellent All Around - Reno, NV - Professional, attentive and accessible. Very individualized care. Dr. Virden and staff spent a lot of time, pre-surgery, providing an abundance of information regarding all of my procedures, pre- and post-op care and expectations. Additionally, the personalized procedures manual has been a great resource. - - The tired, hooded eyes, sagging face and neck in the mirror did not match the person inside!"- N. / RealSelf / Oct 19, 2011
"Knowledgeable, Respectful, Experienced and Personable - Reno, NV - I was originally intimidated about seeing a plastic surgeon but immediately felt comfortable in Dr Virden's office. He is very personable, readily available to answer any questions and actually listens to the patient's desires. He gives you 100% of his attention. Dr Virden has excellent credentials as well as an artistic eye. Currently 10 days post op (facelift), I now understand how well informed I was not only about the proceedure but especially what to expect during recovery. I especially appreciated Dr Virden and his staff's candid answers to my many inquires. Also covered was a lymphatic massage (in the spa side of his practice) to help with swelling as well as make-up tips to cover any transient reddness. Thank you! - - I didn't feel like the age I visually expressed. I work in the beauty industry and felt I needed to look my best."- S. / RealSelf / Nov 11, 2011
"Thrilled With Results of Face and Neck Lifts! - Reno, NV - I had referrals from a neighbor who had high recommendations from a relative who worked with Dr. Virden. She said, "He is the best (in manner, skills and explanations)". - - (Rhytidectomy (standard) and platysmaplasty procedures: I received a very effective binding of prominent neck bands, aka cords or ropes, in August 2012. (They had aged me beyond the age I otherwise appeared to be.) Another surgeon had tried to bind them for me 12, and then 11, years ago, without success. I am excited and looking forward to a younger, fresher looking me! I had the neck lift done along with an updated face lift that was 12 years old, so I was aware of the recovery period, which has been pleasantly mild. I was also happy that Dr. Virden used some techniques that I had not had done before, which probably added to my excellent results. Additionally, his office staff is very professional and courteous, qualities not so common anymore in customer service."- B. / RealSelf / Sep 12, 2012
"Dr. Virden is a genius In the surgery room. I had a face lift, neck lift & my face and neck looked great. Also he reconstructed my breasts after a surgery with another doctor. I am completely thrilled with Dr. Virdens skill!"- M.L. / Yelp / Jan 15, 2018
"The incisions from my first breast augmentation with Dr. Virden were cut with precision, healed perfectly and the scar completely faded!!! Kindest and most efficient medical staff in Reno! Last week I had my latest procedure by Dr. Virden and wanted to leave a little thank you note here on yeIp and was appalled seeing some negative reviews, so I will share my experiences for the last 13 years with Dr. Virden, along with six other individuals to truly give you accurate information rather than reading rants from women who are just genuinely unhappy with themselves- inside and out. THEREFORE...... This is a six star review, because I have been a repeat customer of Dr. Virden’s since 2006 and have been so exceedingly pleased that I have referred three affluent families from northern Nevada which all husbands and wives keep going back for Dr. Virden’s expert skill in cosmetic surgery. These specific people have the means to see any cosmetic surgeon in the world, including Dr. Gabriel Chiu in Beverly Hills. But, they do not. They keep returning to Dr. Charles Virden. I have personally seen astonishing results of the following: - Facelifts - Brow lifts - Lip enhancement - Neck lifts (removing jowls or that turkey neck) - Breast augmentations - Tummy tucks - Lasers Last week I had my first set of implants, which lasted 13 years, exchanged for the new teardrop or also called gummy bear implants and.......they’re MIND BLOWING! Nipple reduction was also preformed and I couldn’t be more grateful and pleased with the artwork that went into this modification. Nursing two healthy babies really took a toll on them, but not anymore!!! I now have beautiful nipples of a 20 year old. Thank you Dr. Virden!"- M.S. / Yelp / Apr 29, 2019
What to Expect
Facelift surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure at an accredited surgical facility where the patient is under general anesthesia. With carefully-placed incisions behind the ear and around the hairline, extraneous tissue, skin, and fat are removed from the face. The underlying tissue and muscles are tightened to create long-term results. The skin is repositioned and re-draped tighter for a smooth, natural appearance. Facelift surgery typically takes around 4 hours to complete.
After a facelift, a dressing will be placed over the surgical site and it will be replaced during the initial follow-up visit. It’s normal to experience pain and discomfort, which can be alleviated with medication prescribed by the surgeon. There should also be an expectation of swelling and bruising up to 2 weeks after surgery. After about 2 weeks, most patients can resume normal activities like going back to work and working out. After about 3 weeks, patients are able to notice the dramatic and natural results of the surgery. While facelifts offer long-term solutions, just like any other surgery, the effects are not permanent since the face will continue to naturally age. However, a patient will still look younger compared to if he or she had never had the surgery.
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You can turn back the hands of time successfully with a facelift surgery. The surgery can address all the tell-tale signs of aging, such as lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. Not only will you look years younger, but you’ll feel better about yourself. Give our office a call today to inquire about a facelift.