Facelift Basics

Faclift BasicsAs we get older, we find that the skin on our faces is not as tight, becoming more “droopy” through the years.

A facelift is designed to help reverse that by removing excess fat and tightening facial muscles and skin to create a more contoured face, jawline, and neck.

The Procedure

 

During the procedure, an incision is made usually at the temple above the hairline. It is then continued around the ear to the lower scalp hairline.  The skin is separated from the fat and muscle, redraped and excess skin is trimmed.

Excess fat is excused or suctioned out to improve the contour of the neck and jawline.  The muscles are tightened to prove a lasting effect.

The procedure can take several hours to perform, but is generally administered on an outpatient basis.

The Recovery

The RecoveryFollowing the surgery, the patient will experience bruising, swelling, possible numbness and tenderness of the skin. The skin will feel tight and dry.

It takes about two or three weeks for the tenderness to subside, and patients should stay away from strenuous activity for about a month. By that time, patients should be able to return to work depending on their occupation.

Patients should also be mindful about avoiding the sun to ensure that they get the best results in terms of the scarring.

As with every surgical procedure, there are possible risks involved. Risks following facelift surgery include: heavy bleeding, infection, excess scarring, asymmetry or a change in hairline, and injury to facial nerves.

It is important to note that a facelift is a surgical procedure and there are risks. They include heavy bleeding, infection, excess scarring, asymmetry or a change in hairline, and injury to facial nerves.

The Life of a Facelift

The Life of a FaceliftThe facelift works by providing patients with a more youthful look that can last for years. It does not however stop the aging process. It simply resets it by softening or erasing many of the signs of the passage of time. The aging process however will continue.