What you need to know about the facelift surgery

Patients who want to address sagging skin that occurs with age are often interested in learning about procedures such as the facelift. Facelift surgery removes the excess skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and folds. Dr. Wayne Larrabee of The Larrabee Center for Plastic Surgery is here to help in removing this excess skin and restore a youthful appearance for patients in and around the area of Seattle, WA.

Who is a proper candidate for the facelift procedure?

Most people who undergo facelift surgery are over the age of 40, but this is not a requirement. Anyone unhappy with the way his or her face looks may be a candidate for this procedure. It is typically recommended to patients who have already tried more conservative methods of treating the signs of aging, such as cosmetic injectables like Botox® and Juvederm®. When skin laxity becomes more severe, many of these anti-aging treatment options will fail to work.

What happens during the facelift procedure?

During a facelift, Dr. Wayne Larrabee will make incisions in strategic locations around the face. The incisions are usually made alongside the natural hairline, so they will be hidden once healed. Through these incisions, he will access the underlying tissue and muscles. The surgeon will then tighten these structures to create a more youthful appearance. Once the desired results are achieved, the incisions will be closed with dissolvable stitches or surgical tape.

What is recovery like after a facelift?

Recovery from facelift surgery typically takes about two weeks. During this time, patients will need to take it easy and avoid strenuous activity. It is also important to keep the head elevated to reduce swelling when resting.

What do I need to do to obtain more information about the facelift procedure?

The first step in having a facelift is to consult with a plastic surgeon such as Dr. Wayne Larrabee of The Larrabee Center for Plastic Surgery. During your first consultation, Dr. Wayne Larrabee will evaluate your face and skin to determine if you are a good candidate for a facelift. Call 206-386-3550 today!

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