Sagging facial features and wrinkles can all prematurely age you. Laxity of the skin and muscles can create a drooping appearance that is not easily reversed using over-the-counter products. While aging is a natural process, you shouldn’t have to live with features that make you seem any less vivacious than you actually are. Facelift surgery lifts, tightens, and smooths your facial features for a more youthful and vibrant appearance.
Men and women considering facelift surgery should be in good health and have realistic expectations about their results. During your consultation, the surgeon will determine which facelift technique will best meet your needs. You shouldn’t smoke for six weeks prior to your surgery, and do not take blood-thinning medications for two weeks before surgery. You cannot eat or drink anything for 12 hours before your procedure.
Depending on the procedure, a facelift can be performed with the patient under either general anesthesia, IV sedation, or oral sedation. The method used will depend on patient preference as well as the patient’s medical history. Your surgeon will ultimately decide which method is best for you.
You will experience bruising, swelling, and redness following your procedure. You should rest with your head in an elevated position to prevent excess swelling of the face. Ice packs can be used to reduce swelling and soreness. You shouldn’t apply creams or lotions to your face for several weeks. Patients can typically return to work within two weeks and all other regular activities, including exercise, after four weeks. Most major swelling should subside after six weeks.
Most incisions are placed in the hairline, behind the ears, or under the chin, and this should mask most scarring that may develop following your surgery. However, some people will develop slight visible scarring that is likely to fade over time.
Yes. Patients often choose to combine multiple facial procedures to receive the best results possible. Common procedures people choose to combine include eyelid surgery, brow lift, chin augmentation, ear surgery, rhinoplasty, lip augmentation, fat injections, or facial implants. Discuss your ultimate facial goals with your surgeon for help determining the best set of procedures for you.
Facelift surgery is a generally safe and effective procedure. Most risks are those associated with all surgeries such as bleeding and infection. Other risks can include loss of sensation, damage to facial nerves, facial asymmetry, and skin imperfections. The risks are generally rare and can be reduced by choosing a qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon.