Facelift surgery is performed to reverse the effects that aging, gravity, sun exposure and significant weight loss have on the facial tissues. A facelift usually involves lifting and tightening the cheek and neck for a smoother contour without the fine lines and wrinkles. The procedure is frequently performed in combination with other procedures such as eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), forehead (brow) lifts or nose reshaping (rhinoplasty) to give the entire face a more youthful and attractive appearance.
At Allure Plastic Surgery, we do not employ a “cookie cutter” approach to facelift surgery. A facelift is a highly individualized procedure that your surgeon will tailor to enhance your unique facial anatomy, ensuring the most beautiful, natural-looking results.
Are You a Good Candidate for Facelift Surgery?
If you’re thinking about having facelift surgery, find out if you’re a good candidate first by seeing if any or all of the following describes you:
- Good overall health
- Jowls and/or loose, hanging skin on the mid-face
- Loose, hanging skin on the neck
- Vertical (“marionette”) lines around the mouth
- Deep skin folds running from the sides of the nose to the mouth’s corners
The Facelift Procedure
A simple facelift surgery is usually an outpatient procedure, however patients who undergo multiple procedures with longer surgical times may stay for an overnight recovery and go home the next day. The surgery can take several hours depending on the patient’s anatomy and the number of combined procedures being performed.
The surgeon will first make incisions that are usually very well concealed since they begin in the hairline of the temple, continue on the edge of the ear, around the ear lobe, and finally end within the hairline behind the ear. Once the incisions are made, the skin of the cheek and neck are separated from the underlying fat tissue. Some of the fat can be selectively trimmed or rearranged to improve the contours of the face. The facial muscles of the cheek and neck are then lifted to their original location and tightened, and the excess skin is cut away. Finally, a very meticulous plastic surgery closure is performed on the incisions.
Recovering from Facelift Surgery
There is usually some temporary swelling as well as some degree of temporary bruising following this operation, and patients are advised to not plan social events until two weeks post-surgery. The head and face will be bandaged to help with the swelling and to protect the incisions as they heal. The patient should keep their head elevated for the first few days after surgery, sleeping with their upper body propped up with pillows.
Most patients can return to work within 10 days to two weeks after having facelift surgery. They should avoid any vigorous exercise for at least the first two weeks. Smoking should be avoided at all costs, particularly in the weeks and months after surgery.
Schedule Your Facelift Consult Today
Do you want to see a younger, fresher-looking face when you look in the mirror? If you have questions about facelift surgery and how it can help to meet your individual needs, contact Allure Plastic Surgery today to schedule a free, personal consultation with one of our qualified and knowledgeable surgeons.
One of our main missions during the consultation process is to extensively educate patients so that they can make properly informed decisions as to their surgery. Each facial surgery consultation involves a painstaking review of the photographs with the patient as well as a thorough discussion of the planned procedure. Contact us for your complimentary facial rejuvenation consultation today by calling Allure Plastic Surgery at (305) 479-2991.