Seeking a more youthful look? A facelift may be what you’re looking for — it’s one of our most popular surgeries and has delivered great results for hundreds of our patients. A facelift can help you look more youthful by making your face appear more defined. During surgery, your surgeon will make incisions and place internal sutures to restore the natural position of your facial tissues. He or she will then remove excess skin, and finish off by hiding the final scars within your skin crease. Patients start to see improvements in facial appearance within weeks.
Facelifts are done under sedation or general anesthesia, and can be done in combination with other facial procedures, such as dermal fillers or facial implants.
Patients can choose either a full facelift, which includes the forehead and cheeks, or simply a lower facelift, which will tighten the skin around the jaw and neck. A lower facelift is also known as a “mini facelift.”
For either full or lower facelifts, a more minimally invasive option is the thread facelift, which uses an almost invisible surgical thread to pull the facial tissues up. Unlike the traditional facelift, there is a lower risk of complications surrounding surgery, as it is an outpatient procedure that is typically done with only local anesthesia.
Who is a candidate?
Candidates for a facelift are physically healthy and have realistic expectations about the range of cosmetic outcomes possible. They seek to improve their self-image through a change in physical appearance and reduction in visible signs of aging.
Who is not a candidate?
Candidates who smoke or have serious conditions that may interfere with healing are not good candidates for a facelift. Post-bariatric patients who have not reached a stable weight should not consider a facelift until they are able to stabilize their weight.
Like other procedures, a facelift requires certain general surgery procedures such as preoperative blood testing, medications, and cessation of smoking or use of pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs.
During recovery, swelling and bruising are common. Your surgeon may use thin tubes to drain excess blood or fluid that may collect under the skin. You will be given post-surgery care instructions regarding what medications to take to reduce pain and aid healing. For most patients, noticeable swelling takes 10 to 14 days to go down. Many patients return to work within 2 weeks of the procedure.
As with any surgery, there are risks of complications related to infection or adverse reactions to anesthesia. A proper assessment of every patient, along with complete lab work, will help prevent postoperative complications. After healing, scars are handled with special treatments to minimize their appearance.
Complications specific to facelifts include loss of muscle function or sensation in the face, which is usually temporary. There may be a loss of hair at the incision site or facial asymmetry. There may be skin discoloration or prolonged swelling. These complications are relatively uncommon, but do occur.
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