With nearly 150,000 performed annually in the United States, a facelift is a procedure intended to restore the face to a more refreshed and youthful appearance. Signs of the aging face include wrinkles, sagging eyebrows, hollowed eyes, loss of midface volume, deep creases from the nose to the corners of the mouth, jowls along the jawline, and sagging neck skin. As each patient may have a unique combination of these and other signs, the facelift procedure can be tailored to address the specific characteristics for the most youthful but natural result.
Who Is A Candidate
- A Healthy, Non-smoking (>1 month) Patient
- A Patient displeased with the aged appearance of his or her face and neck as noted by
Problems and Indicators
- Appearance of jowels
- Deepened nasolabial folds (the lines that run from nose to the side of the lips)
- Loose neck skin or “gooseneck”
- Loss of midface volume
The surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia. Small drains are frequently placed and are usually removed the day after surgery. Depending on the patient’s features, a variety of approaches and techniques are available to the surgeon.
Incisions are typically imperceptible and located in the scalp near the ear and underneath the chin. Goals are to tighten the underlying muscular layers, remove excess skin, and address any fat deposits.
May be combined with other procedures not limited to but including:
- Brow Lift
- Eyelid surgery
- Midface or chin augmentation
- Fat grafting
- Rhinoplasty (nose reshaping)
- Outpatient surgery, however, patients should be watched overnight by a caregiver; arrangements for overnight stays at a specialized facility are often made.
- Results are immediate though expect bruising and swelling to persist for 1-2 weeks
- Pain will vary. Oral pain medicine may be needed for 5 to 7 days.
- The head will be wrapped overnight; the wrapping will be removed postoperative day one. A chin strap, which can be concealed with a scarf, is then worn for at least 2 weeks.
- Drains are removed the day after surgery.
- Sutures are removed at 5-7 days and others 10-14 days.
- There are no restrictions on daily activity; patients are encouraged to walk. Patients may shower 2 days after surgery. No lifting more than 10 pounds for 2 weeks and the patient may drive when narcotic pain medication is necessary. No strenuous activity or heavy lifting for 6 weeks.
- Expect to take 2 weeks off of work depending on job demands.
- You will be seen in office following surgery at 1 week, 2 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, and after as needed.
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