I have had many years of experience as a Pittsburgh facelift surgeon to refine my approach to this elegant and rewarding procedure. Facelift surgery is one of my true passions and I put a great deal of thought into the how to obtain the best results for my patients. One of the critical conclusions I have reached is that top-quality results cannot be rushed! Some physicians (and patients) feel there are short cuts to getting the results they seek – the truth is that there is no such thing as a quality quick lift – I believe in taking the time to get world class results for you.
For many years, I have routinely lectured at international conferences and plastic surgery departments in Pittsburgh, around the United States, Europe, and Asia about state-of-the-art facelift surgery. We like our patients to have full access to my thoughts process and approach to facelift surgery and invite you to review the unabridged videos of many of these lectures on this site. As you’ll hear in these videos, all facelift surgery is not created equally.
In these videos, and during your consultation, I prefer to use the same vocabulary that surgeons use in their professional literature and at professional meetings. For example, there are several broad categories of facelift surgery (skin only facelifts, plication facelifts, imbrication facelifts, deep plane facelifts, and Hi-SMAS facelifts). As opposed to describing facelifts in terms of over-marketed brand-name procedures, an exercise whose purpose is more to confuse and obscure than to assist and educate patients – I work to keep it real and tell you what it takes to get great results. Please take a look at my before and after pictures and draw your own conclusions.
Facelifts have come a long way since the surgery was first performed in the early 1900’s. Facelift techniques have improved due to experience and a better understanding of the underlying anatomy and characteristics of the face. The primary goal of facelift surgery is to reposition skin, tighten underlying muscle and reduce excessive fat. As we age, skin often becomes loose, cheeks hollow and fat and wrinkles develop on the neck. Many patients start noticing aging symptoms (fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, etc) in their late 30’s, so most facelift candidates are in the 45-70 year old age range. However, an older patient who is in good health may also be an ideal candidate. Since everyone ages differently, each surgical case is determined on a case by case basis. During your consultation, Dr. Leong will assess the current state of your skin and tissues and develop a plan of action that best addresses your needs.
If you would like to schedule a consultation to talk about this procedure, please contact Sistine Plastic Surgery.
Types of Facelifts
There is a great deal of marketing focused on promoting certain types of branded facelifts. Most of this marketing is quite misleading and glosses over important details of how the facelift is done and what facelift might be best for you. It’s important to research exactly what the surgery entails, how extensive it is and what techniques will be used. I spent many years of formal education and training at some of the best institutions to develop facial plastic surgery skills. More importantly, years of experience during which half my surgical practice has been focused on facelift surgery has allowed me to develop an approach to facelifts that delivers natural appearing and long-lasting result.
Not only was I very happy with my experience, I was thrilled beyond description! How fortunate am I that I landed an appointment with a true professional that excels at what he does? Not only was he prompt but Dr. Leong spent a great deal of time discussing my issues, concerns and goals.
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Facelifts Before & After
Facelift ConsiderationsPatients have several worries as they consider a facelift. They are concerned if their procedure will be safe and if they will have any complications. Your best assurance that your procedure will be smooth and without difficulties is to select a surgeon with extensive training and a good deal of experience with the facelift procedure. My practice is confined to facial plastic surgery and aging face/facelift surgery composes more than half of my surgical practice.
Your best assurance that your procedure will be smooth and without difficulties is to select a surgeon with extensive training and a good deal of experience with the facelift procedure. My practice is confined to facial plastic surgery and aging face/facelift surgery composes more than half of my surgical practice.
Patients are also concerned that they may not get a natural appearing result and that their result may not last as long as it could. I am very passionate that my patients should get a result that looks completely natural. As we say in my practice, “If it doesn’t look natural, it doesn’t look good.” This is a key weakness of many of these lunchtime lifts that we all see advertised on infomercials and elsewhere. It is simply impossible to compress top quality facial plastic work into a couple of hours. Many patients that have these commercial lifts end up with a very pulled and unnatural look that is very hard to correct. Obtaining a result that is long lasting, as well as natural appearing, it completely dependent on the technical details of how the procedure is performed. I have trained with and learned from some of the finest facelift surgeons in the world. This, combined with my years of experience has allowed me to provide consistent high quality results for my patients.
Dr. Leong understands that the lifestyle of many patient facelift patients makes it difficult to take an extended period time of work. While the actual facelift surgery is never rushed, Dr. Leong makes every effort to reduce the time it requires to recover fully from your facelift surgery and get back to your normal life.
It is important to note that facelift surgery does not address all signs of aging, such as wrinkles near the eyes or lines around the mouth. Facelift surgery can be performed in combination with other surgeries such as fat transfer, cheek/chin implants, facial liposuction, upper or lower eyelid lift, or browlift surgery.
There is a great deal of content about facelift surgery on the subpages of this site. I invite you to review the content and videos about facelift surgery. It will explain the specific philosophy and techniques I use to obtain natural appearing, long-lasting, and safe facelift results. It might also be useful to research facelift surgery on other sites on the internet – www.realself.com has an abundance of information about many facets of plastic surgery. This and other sites might be useful in learning about the details of facelift surgery including the price of facelift surgery in Pittsburgh. I believe patients make the best decisions when they are well informed and view it as part of my job to help you interpret the research you do on your own.
The results were more than I possibly could’ve hoped for. I had a facelift with Dr. Leong. The results were incredible. I have heard he is the best facelift surgeon in the region and I couldn’t agree more. I would recommend him to anyone.
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Cost of Facelift and Face-neck lift in Pittsburgh?
Like any service, patients are naturally interested in the cost of their facelift in Pittsburgh. There are various sources of information on how much a facelift can cost. You’ll find that these costs can vary around the country and in Pittsburgh. The cost of a full facelift in Pittsburgh, which typically includes rejuvenation of the neck, ranges between $12,000 and $22,0000. Dr. Leong will quote a definite price for your facelift or face-neck lift at the end of your consultation. This price will include all anesthesia and operating room fees. As you might expect, each patient’s surgery is highly unique and Dr. Leong must examine your anatomy and review your goals before a quote can be provided.
Is it Safe to Smoke after my Facelift?
Although the risks and complications are almost always increased for smokers during any surgical procedure, it is tremendously higher for a facelift surgery. This is because nicotine is a vasoconstrictor that reduces blood flow to the tissues. Surface area inside the blood vessels decrease when vasoconstriction occurs which also results in a rise in blood pressure. Healing is greatly compromised due to this. In addition, the carbon monoxide in the smoke displaces oxygen from the blood which then reduces the oxygen flow to the healing tissues. This combination increases the risk of the elevated skin from the facelift which therein also increases the risk of skin necrosis. It is recommended to discontinue smoking preferably 6-8 weeks prior to surgery as well as 6-8 weeks after surgery to avoid these complications. It’s very important to understand that reducing smoking will not be enough, the patient must stop smoking completely in order to make the risk of surgery acceptable.
Can Diabetic Patients Undergo a Facelift?
Yes, it is possible to undergo a facelift surgery as a diabetic patient. The most important thing for the patient to do before scheduling surgery would be to consult with their endocrinologist or primary care physician who is managing the diabetes. A few factors that play a role in the determination of if the facelift surgery is safe for a diabetic patient is the patient’s age, how the diabetes is being treated, how long has the patient has been getting treatment, how healthy is the patient, and if there are any additional health complications secondary to the diabetes. Generally, as long as the patient’s blood sugar levels are well managed and maintained, then there should be no issue being cleared for cosmetic surgery. Although diabetics typically get the green light for cosmetic surgery, there are some potential risks related to diabetes that will need to be handled with extra precaution during the surgery. One of the biggest risks for diabetics is the healing process after the facelift procedure. Diabetes can have an inimical effect on wound infection and healing. For this reason, diabetic patients undergoing surgery need to be closely monitored.