Now more and more women and men are appreciating that a facelift could be the answer for them. The “plastic” or pulled look that was the signature of a facelift of old is no longer the result now being obtained. In fact, often no one can tell that you have had a facelift, yet you can look up to ten years younger and, look younger naturally.
A facelift can improve the skin, smooth out deep cheek folds, jowls and loose, sagging skin around the neck that is often associated with age.
A facelift may be just what you need, as it can set back the clock of age, improving the most visible signs of aging by removing excess fat, tightening underlying muscles, and re-draping the skin of your lower face and neck.
Typically, most facelift candidates are in their 40s, 50s or 60s. in certain cases the procedure can be performed on older individuals. However, best results are achieved with patients who still have relatively good skin elasticity and a strong facial bone structure. In preparation for facelift surgery, you will need to abstain from smoking one month prior to the procedure and at least one month during the recovery period in order to avoid complications.
Also, consumption of aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs prior to facelift surgery is not recommended, since these drugs are blood thinners, and may lead to increased bleeding during the course of the facelift.
Performed under general anserthesia, a facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, the excess skin and fatty tissue around the jaw and neck is removed and the skin is pulled back to reveal a tighter, more youthful appearance.
The surgery usually last approximately three hours, followed by recovery which lsts approximately two hours. You will be able to go home the same day as surgery.
Although a facelift will improve and enhance the contour of your face and jaw line, it will not correct sun or wind damage or fine wrinkles that have developed on the skin’s surface. To treat these conditions, additional skin care will be needed, which is available at the Practice Name. See our skin care and laser section of this site. These options can be discussed during your initial consultation.
Bruising and swelling usually fades within two weeks and after a few days you will be permitted to wear camouflage makeup if you deem necessary. After about two weeks, most people find that they can return to work. AS with any facial surgery, healing continues for six to nine months until every little irregularity settles and sensation in the skin and ears returns to normal.
After the recuperation period many of our patients say, “I wish I’d done it sooner.”
The average facelift done today may last from 5 to 15 years, and follow-up procedures can be performed to keep you looking as good as you can for even many more years.