Face Lift //
Face Lift and Neck Lift surgery addresses the drooping of the cheeks, jawline and neck. This surgery rejuvenates the facial appearance with incisions that are hidden by the ears and occasionally a small incision underneath the chin. My goal for this surgery is a natural, younger appearing face that does not have an obvious "surgical" apperance. In some patients, a mini-facelift accomplishes this result, while those with more severe aging often need careful contouring of the deeper tissues and a gentle re-draping of the skin.
Face Lift Frequently Asked Questions:
What is a facelift?
A face lift operation, technically know as a rhytidectomy, is a plastic surgery procedure used improve the signs of aging that appear in the midface area, jowels, nasolabial folds, chin and neck areas. For both men and women who are concerned about facial aging, a facelift operation can restore the youthful appearance of your face.
How do I know if a Facelift is right for me?
Many men and women are interested in procedures to help make them appear younger but not all are good candidates for a facelift. Good facelift candidates should be in overall good health, should not smoke, and should be realistic in their goals for improvement. Dr. Smith will sit down with you during your consultation to discuss all of these with you. If a facelift operation is not the appropriate operation for you, Dr. Smith will explain why and offer other possible procedures such as botox, fillers, and fat grafting that may help you reach your cosmetic goals.
Where are the incisions located for a facelift?
Dr. Smith will carefully design your facelift operation to conceal the scars as best as possible. Typically, the incisions are located in the crease behind the ear and along the hairline of the neck. Incisions in front of the ear are hidden behind the tragus and extend up along the sideburn to help great a natural appearance to the hairline. Occasionally, shorter incisions can be used to help further limit the length of incisions that are needed.
How is a facelift surgery performed?
The facelift operation is typically performed with general anesthesia or occasionally with sedation. The planned incisions are then marked and the face is prepared for the surgery. After the incisions are created, the excess soft tissue under the skin (SMAS layer), is repositioned to help restore a more youthful appearance and contour. Occasionally, fat grafting may also be performed during a facelift operation to help restore some volume to the lips, nasolabial folds, and cheeks.
What is the recovery like after a facelift?
After surgery, you will be placed in a bandage dressing that will be placed around your head. Some discomfort, bruising, and swelling can be expected. This swelling will typically last for several days and then slowly start to improve. Dr. Smith will typically see you within 24 hours of your surgery to remove your dressings, apply new ones, and exam you to ensure you are healing appropriately. You will have both absorbable and non-absorbable sutures in place. The non-absorbable sutures will need to be taken out within 7 days of surgery. Most patients are encouraged to avoid strenuous activity for the first 2 weeks or until cleared by Dr. Smith.