Typically, the procedure is performed as an outpatient procedure and takes between 3-5 hours depending on the number of ancillary procedures performed. The surgery is performed under local or general anesthesia.
There is minimal pain associated with the procedure, and any discomfort is controlled well by oral pain medication.
No. The facelift procedure will elevate the sagging skin, especially of the lower face, and remove some of the larger folds/wrinkles. Other smaller wrinkles of the skin will continue to be visible after the surgery and may need laser resurfacing or chemical peels to improve the quality in such areas as the upper lip, chin, and forehead.
Typically, the results of the surgery last between seven and ten years; sometimes less, sometimes more, depending on the aging process, quality of skin, and exposure to the environment. After that, the face will begin to sag again, but obviously, the patient will still appear better than if no surgery was performed. At some point in the future, the patient may wish to have a secondary lifting to counteract the continuing effects of gravity and aging.
Patients recover from the initial effects of the surgery within three days. There will, however, be swelling, discoloration, and restricted activity for at least two weeks. By the third week, patients can resume their normal lifestyles. Temporary effects may include tightness, irregularities, numbness, and weakness of muscles.
Facial peels, fat injections and liposuction, and the use of laser resurfacing are some of the other techniques that can be used to improve facial appearance. However, they all have limitations, and their best uses are as ancillary procedures to surgical facelifts. Although improvements can be expected with their use as single procedures, the patient with truly sagging skin will not benefit from these interventions alone.
What is a Full Facelift?
A procedure performed to remove excess skin of the face and jowl that sags with age. The muscles and fat pads around the cheekbones are also repositioned in a face lift. The neck is contoured through the removal of fat and skin and tightening the neck muscles.
Surgery in Office
The face lift procedure can be performed under local anesthesia in our office and takes four hours.
You need to have someone stay with you the night after face lift surgery and can usually resume work in 10-14 days. The cost for a full face lift includes the operating room fee and all of your follow-up visits.
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