Aging of your face and neck is inevitable. As the years pass, the skin and deeper tissues loosen over your face and neck. Lines and furrows begin to form around your eyes and mouth, over your forehead, eventually spreading over the entire face.
The eyebrows descend, bags and sags form around the eyes, jowls appear along the jawbone, and a fullness appears under the chin. Many factors contribute to the speed at which this occurs including genetics, sun exposure, smoking, sleep, stress, diet, and others. It is not uncommon for patients to experience these changes suddenly in one year.
Are you a candidate?
- If you have excess facial skin and lower facial fat and have see an overall loss of elasticity.
- If you have wrinkles and deep creases between the base of the nose and corners of the mouth.
- If you desire significant facial rejuvenation.
- Improves the appearance of the cheek, lower face and neck.
- Improves the angle under the jaw
The facelift procedure takes approximately three to four hours and is performed under general anesthesia. It is an outpatient procedure and you may go home accompanied a few hours after surgery. The surgical incisions are hidden, beginning in the temporal hairline and extending slightly behind the ear canal. It then passes around the earlobe continuing up behind the ear, and back into the hair of the scalp.
- The patient leaves with head and neck dressings
- and the patient is seen the day after surgery for dressing removal.
- Sutures are removed seven to ten days after surgery.
- Expect some decreased sensation of the face(resolves within six months).
- Most patients can return to work or public life two to three weeks after surgery.
- It generally takes six to eight weeks for the majority of the residual swelling to disappear.
Time, patience and careful attention to instructions are key factors in the healing process.
Ancillary procedures to Facelift
There are additional procedures that may be considered to enhance results.