Over time, the effects of gravity, sun exposure, heredity and the basic stresses of living are revealed in the face. For over seventy years, men and women over the age of 35 have routinely been seeking facelift procedures. Modern surgery techniques can now reduce this aged appearance by removing excess fat and skin and tightening the facial muscles, thus eliminating most wrinkling and sagging. If you have been considering a facelift, the latest surgical approaches permit you to have safe, natural looking, and longer lasting results with less down time.
How is the Face Lift procedure performed?
The Face Lift procedure is technically known as Rhytidectomy. The procedure begins by separating the facial skin from the underlying fat and muscles, eliminating excess fat to contour, tightening facial and neck muscles. The result is a lifted facial structure and smoother, tighter skin. Conventionally the incisions are placed within the hairline starting at the temples, running adjacent to the natural skin fold in front of the ear, continuing around the bottom of the lobe, and finally behind the ear and into the hairline. All incisions are strategically placed to be invisible or nearly invisible upon healing. A facelift will not remove forehead lines, bags under the eyes, or crow's feet. It may also not correct the excess skin and wrinkling of the neck. These areas can be treated at the same time as your facelift concurrent with a browlift, eyelid surgery or a neck lift. During your personal consultation, your surgeon will evaluate your face and clarify the details of the surgical techniques chosen for you.
What will I look and feel like afterward?
If bruising or swelling appears, it may normally occur within the first few weeks. Resting with the head elevated and applying cold compresses will help minimize these conditions. Your physician will prescribe medication to control any discomfort.
For the first week after surgery, your activity should be restricted to avoid bending over or accelerating your heart rate above its resting rate. You will be obligated to wear a facial garment or wrap. Certain sutures and/or staples may be removes within a week to 10 days, after which you may resume non-strenuous activities; afterwards more sutures and/or staples are removed , and puffiness will continue to subside.
After 4-6 weeks you may resume normal activity if permitted by your doctor. Your results will continue to improve for 6 to 12 months.
Will I have to be in the hospital?
Depending on your health and your doctor's preference, you may have this procedure performed in our office or at an accredited surgery center or hospital. The procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia.
What method of follow-up care will I require?
It is recommended to have someone facilitate you for the first 1-2 days after surgery, one who can assist you when progressing to the bathroom and help with cold compresses and your additional needs. You will also need someone to accompany you to a follow-up visit with your surgeon approximately 24 hours after surgery. You will return to your surgeon's office for a postoperative visit periodically to monitor your progress. The postoperative time is crucial for the long-term effectiveness of your procedure. It is very important to diligently attend attend these visits to be certain you are caring for your delicate facial skin properly.
What kind of risks are involved?
Facelifts, neck lifts and brow lifts are safe procedures that are performed on thousands of men and women each year with no major complications. As with any surgical procedure, these are some specific risks. Your surgeon can discuss these with you in a personal consultation.