A facelift targets the area from the eyes to the chin and along the jawline. It creates a more youthful appearance by elevating sagging features, removing drooping skin and pockets of fat, and tightening loosened muscles. A facelift is often combined with other procedures for a more comprehensive rejuvenating effect.
Procedure: 3-4 hours in surgery. Incisions usually begin within the hairline at the temples and continue along or just inside the ear, ending behind the ear. A second incision under the chin is sometimes necessary. Excess skin and fat are removed, muscles are tightened and lifted, and the skin is redraped. Click here for procedural renderings.
Anesthesia: General anesthesia.
Length of Stay: Plan to stay at the Cosmetic Surgery Center most of the day, or overnight.
What to Expect: Oral medications usually relieve the initial discomfort of swelling and tenderness. Results will be difficult to envision during the first week or two, as swelling tends to distort the features and restrict facial expressions. After a few weeks of healing, the anticipated youthful face appears.
Resuming Activities: Plan to go back to work in 10-14 days, and resume more strenuous activity after 2 weeks. Your return to very strenuous sports or work activities should be postponed for a few more weeks. Sun exposure should be avoided for several months.
Duration of results: 10-15 years. Men may expect to shave behind the ears, where beard-growing skin has been repositioned.
Risks: Hematoma, a blood mass lodged in the tissues, occurs in about 4 percent of all patients nationwide. Seroma, a mass of non-coagulating blood serum, also may occur. Both conditions will heal over a few months. Scarring, nerve injury affecting sensation and movement, hair loss, pigment changes, infection, bleeding, poor healing, and asymmetry or change in hairline may also occur. All surgeries carry risks associated with anesthesia.
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