A facelift is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures available, designed to treat wrinkles, sagging and skin laxity within the face resulting in a more youthful and refreshed appearance. The effects of time, gravity, sun exposure and stress inevitably take their toll on our faces, producing the wrinkles, folds, fat deposits, and loose skin.
Who is a good candidate for a facelift?
Patients unhappy with the changing appearance of their face may pursue a facelift to reverse the early signs of aging. This time-tested procedure targets the mid – to lower face, including the cheeks, mouth, chin and neck. Ideal candidates are generally healthy with realistic expectations for surgery, and usually in their 40s, 50s or 60s, and 70s or 80s, if there are no medical contraindications
What should a patient expect during a facelift?
During the facelift procedure, an incision is made around the ear, extending sometimes under, yet very close to the lower ear, and back into the scalp area. The surgeon generally considers the patient’s individual facial anatomy to camouflage these incisions as much as possible so that after healing they are less visible, and sometimes not noticeable at all. There are several different techniques and approaches that may be options for the patients, depending on their ultimate goals and facial structures, but most may include sculpting, lifting and repositioning the underlying fat, muscles and deep tissues, while also trimming and re-draping the skin for dramatic yet natural-looking results
In most cases, a facelift is performed under IV sedation, but may also be performed with general anesthesia for certain patients and procedures. Typically, a facelift will take approximately two to four hours and is performed on an outpatient basis.
What should I expect during my facelift recovery?
After a facelift, patients may experience mild discomfort controlled with pain medication, as well as bruising and swelling that will subside during the next few weeks. At Salem Plastic Surgery, facelift patients return to the office the next day to have their dressings removed, hair washed, and drains removed, if applicable. Return to work will depend on the type of employment and the patient’s desire for privacy. Strenuous activity and lifting should be avoided for four to six weeks after surgery.
What results can I expect after my facelift?
The results of the facelift will be immediately noticeable and will continue to improve for up to three months, as swelling and other side effects begin to fade. While results are not permanent and do not make patients immune to the effects of aging, you will continue to look younger than if you had never undergone any treatment.