Facelift

A face lift is a popular cosmetic surgery intended to reverse signs of facial aging. A face lift involves tightening the facial and neck muscles and removing excess skin. The end result is a more youthful, healthy energetic appearance.

WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM A FACE LIFT?

Ideal candidates for a face lift are patients in good overall health who are dissatisfied or self-conscious about signs of facial aging. A face lift can treat:

  • Pronounced facial lines and wrinkles
  • Drooping facial features
  • Jowls (loose skin around the neck line)
  • Fat and folds appearing around the neck

A face lift can create smoother, more youthful facial contours. In addition, the muscles of the face should be tighter and more defined. Unsightly features such as a double chin or loose, sagging skin will be eliminated.

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR FACE LIFT

General anesthetic or intravenous sedation is administered, and an incision is made around the ears that can be extended into the hairline. Through the incisions, the tissue and muscle are repositioned and excess fat and tissue are removed.

Deep layers of tissue are secured in place with internal sutures, and the skin is stretched into place. Once excess skin is trimmed away, the incisions are closed using fine sutures. Bandages will be applied to the treatment area after the surgery, and tubes may be inserted to allow excess fluid to drain from the incisions.

AFTER YOUR SURGERY

Immediately following surgery, you will experience some swelling, bruising and discomfort. These temporary side effects are normal, and can be managed with prescription pain medication. Elevation of the area and ice packs may be used to minimize swelling.

Stitches are removed in about a week. Bruising should resolve in the first two weeks, and swelling in 3-8 weeks. For most patients, normal activity may be resumed in 1-2 weeks, and more intense activity in 6-8 weeks.

UNDERSTANDING THE RISKS OF A FACE LIFT

The risks of a face lift are similar to those of other surgeries. Possible risks may include asymmetry, infection, pain, and changes in facial sensitivity. Your consultation will include a discussion of your medical history and any possible steps you can take to minimize your risk of developing complications.

IF YOU’RE READY TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP

If you’re dissatisfied with facial wrinkles and folds, you may be an excellent candidate for a face lift. Contact us to schedule a consultation. We would be happy to address any questions or concerns you may have about face lift surgery.