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The face is usually the first place we start to notice the effects of gravity, sun exposure, life stresses and our genetics. These factors can cause deep creases on the cheeks, a jowly, ill- defined jawline, sagging skin and fat under the chin and around the neck — to name a few of the issues that send people to the plastic surgeon.
What is a Facelift?
A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that can help reverse the signs of aging by removing excess fat, tightening underlying muscles and literally re-draping face and neck skin. The procedure can simultaneously remove and tighten sagging skin, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and return the face to a more youthful, contoured appearance.
A facelift can also be done in conjunction with other procedures related to the aging face, such as a brow lift or eyelid lift.
Ideal Candidates for Facelift Surgery
In order to achieve successful outcomes, it’s important that facelift candidates are in good overall health and have realistic expectations about results. Other factors that can affect patient suitability is skin elasticity. Successful healing with optimal results depends on having skin that is able to conform to its new, improved contours. It’s best if the skin still retains some of its natural suppleness and elasticity. With this surgery, it’s particularly important that patients don’t smoke.
Facelift Surgery Procedure
Facelift surgery is usually performed in our in-office AAAASF accredited surgical center. The procedure is usually performed using general anesthesia for your safety and comfort. The surgery involves making an incision that begins at the temple, around the ear to the hairline of the scalp behind the ear, ultimately camouflaged by skin creases and a small incision under the chin. Facial tissue is repositioned, tightened and secured in its lifted position with sutures. Fat is also often removed or repositioned as part of this procedure.
Frequently Asked Questions
Facelift surgery recovery varies, depending on the procedure, the technique used and the patient’s unique physical and psychological healing characteristics. Generally speaking, patients feel fairly good in four or five days. Full recovery can take three to six months, with most
patients saying they are comfortable going out in public in 2 to 3 weeks, or when the majority of bruising and swelling have resolved. In addition:
A bandage will be placed around the face to minimize swelling and bruising and can be removed according to your surgeon’s instructions. Tubes may be present when you go home to drain excess blood and fluid and should stay in place until removed at your follow-up visit. Specific recovery instructions will include how to care for the surgical site and drains, medications to apply or take orally, problems to watch for and when to have follow-up appointments. Most sutures are removed 1 week after surgery and the remaining sutures are removed by 2 weeks. Make-up can be applied after all sutures are removed.
The scars will be present but are usually camouflaged by skin creases and the patient’s hair. Most patients do not have scars that are visible enough to cause concern.
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