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As we age, we sometimes find that our outward appearance does not positively reflect how we feel inside. We are living longer and more actively than previous generations, which has led many adults to feel dissatisfied with the way that aging affects their facial aesthetic. Facelift surgery is a common procedure that turns back the hands of time just enough to allow that inner glow to shine through.
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Facelift surgery is a collection of techniques performed to reduce the prominence of lines and creases around the nose and mouth and to lift tissue that has become lax across the skeletal structure of the face. The appropriate facelift technique may vary from one person to another, but ultimately this procedure counteracts the signs of aging by repositioning muscle and fat tissue and trimming away excess skin.
The general benefit of a surgical facelift is that this treatment can make you appear 10 to 15 years younger! A facelift focuses on both the upper and lower regions of the face. At NSPS, we perform facial fat grafting with our facelift procedures, in order to also focus attention to some of the upper facial features such as the deflated temple or eyelid region. As we age, our fat in our face tends to drop and settle into undesirable areas. By harvesting fat from another area and injecting it into areas in the face, such as the temples, cheeks, tear trough, marionette lines, nasolabial folds, upper lids, etc., we can revitalize the facial structure and re-volumize these depleted areas. As such, the overall facelift technique can improve concerns such as:
Facelift surgery can reduce the lines and creases around the nose and mouth, while lifting the tissues that have become stretchy or loose with age. If you feel that your skin has become looser and you are noticing more lines and wrinkles, facelift surgery may be right for you! During this surgery, we also restore volume to the face by doing facial fat grafting. If you are experiencing these issues but are looking for something with less downtime, non-surgical options for facelifts are also possible, which we can discuss in more detail at your consult.
A facelift is a customized treatment plan based on individual needs. Common techniques include:
A facelift may also address different planes of tissue:
Facelifts are usually conducted on an outpatient basis. Patients can expect their surgery to last a few hours, depending on the selected technique. A facelift may be performed with general anesthesia or IV sedation. This choice is made with anesthesia’s guidance and can be based on the extent of tissue manipulation that will occur during the procedure.
Generally, a facelift will involve incisions in front of and around the back of the ear or, in some cases, the temple. Through the incisions, the muscles and connective tissue are repositioned to achieve the desired drape across bony structures. Tissues are secured into their new location and excess skin is trimmed as needed to reduce lines and creases as well as jowls and sagging neck skin. Incisions are sutured and a dressing or compression wrap may be placed.
Following a facelift, a patient may have drains in place to allow fluid to drain naturally from the surgical area. If drainage tubes are placed, they may be removed the day after surgery. Not all patients require this step, but all patients should expect to be bandaged after surgery. After a facelift, you will go home with a compression wrap around your head and neck. Bandages may be removed the day following the procedure. Stitches are internal and dissolving, thus do not need to be removed.
Initial recovery after a facelift will involve swelling and bruising. Some patients may feel numbness or tingling in certain areas. The face and neck feel tight due to the new position of the skin and muscle tissue. Pain medication is prescribed to manage comfort. Narcotics may cause grogginess and should be taken only as directed.
Swelling decreases significantly within the first two weeks of recovery. During this time, bruises may be camouflaged with makeup. Some patients prefer to remain at home and out of the public eye. Walking is encouraged right away but strenuous activity should be avoided for several weeks.
By one-month post-op, most of the swelling and bruising should be resolved and the majority of normal activities can be resumed. This may take longer or shorter depending on individual circumstance.
A facelift rejuvenates the face in a way that looks natural and beautiful. No one should be able to tell that work has been done, only that the face appears younger and more vibrant. A facelift permanently turns back the hands of time but it does not stop the aging process. With good sun habits, daily skin care, and periodic treatments like chemical peels, microneedling, or laser treatments, the progression of facial aging may be slowed.
We discuss the various risks associated with plastic surgery during our consultation visit. Some of the possible complications that may result from surgery include:
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