It’s not possible to stop the aging process altogether, however, fortunately, it is possible to turn back the hands of time with a simple procedure known as a facelift. This surgery, known technically as rhytidectomy, is the third most popular cosmetic surgery procedure performed today. While it cannot put a stop to the aging process, the surgery can help you to look your best by restoring a more youthful appearance. Located in Carmel and Greenwood, Hamilton Facial Plastic Surgery, led by double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Mark M. Hamilton, MD, FACS, offers facelifts for men and women who live in and around Indianapolis, IN.
What Is A Facelift?
A facelift is a procedure that helps tighten the skin in the face and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It can also help define the neck.
Who Is The Ideal Candidate For A Facelift?
The ideal candidate for a facelift is someone who is healthy and has just started to show signs of aging. People who want to get a facelift should also have realistic expectations. While a facelift can help a person look younger, it will not stop the aging process.
What Do I Need To Do Before A Facelift?
Before you get a facelift, you will need to schedule a consultation with your plastic surgeon. Your plastic surgeon will discuss your health history as well as your goals. Before pictures may also be taken.
What Should I Expect On The Day Of My Facelift?
Once you check into the center, your vital signs will be checked. You will also have to put on a gown. Additionally, your face will be marked with a marker.
*Individual Results May Vary
How Long Does It Take To Perform A Facelift?
The amount of time that it takes to perform a facelift can vary from patient to patient. However, it typically takes two and four hours to perform. A facelift is performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia.
How is a Facelift Performed?
During the surgery, excess skin is removed, underlying muscles are tightened, and the skin is redraped. This helps to improve sagging facial skin, jowls, and loose neck skin.
Incisions usually begin above the hairline at the temples and continue in front of and behind the ears. Working through the incisions, the skin is lifted, and the underlying muscle and membrane are tightened. The skin is then pulled tight, and any excess skin is removed. A small incision may also be made under the chin to allow excess fat from the neck and chin to be trimmed or suctioned.
What To Expect After A Facelift?
You will most likely be allowed to go home shortly after you get your facelift. However, you will have to take it easy for several days after your surgery. You can expect some discomfort and swelling after your surgery. The discomfort should subside within one to two weeks. However, it may take several weeks for the swelling to subside. You can begin to return to your normal activities as your swelling and pain decrease.
Most patients are able to return to work in two weeks. However, you will have to wait at least three weeks before resuming strenuous activity.
*Individual Results May Vary
Will I Have Scars After Getting A Facelift?
Because incisions are required to perform a facelift, scars will form. However, your plastic surgeon will make the incisions in places where scars can easily be hidden, such as behind the ear. The scars will also become less visible as they heal.
When Will I See The Results?
The results of this procedure will become more apparent once most of the swelling goes down a few weeks after your facelift. The final results of a facelift will typically be seen within three to six months, which is when all of the swelling goes away completely.
How Long Will The Results Of A Facelift Last?
Everyone ages differently, so the amount of time a facelift lasts can vary. Most patients will appreciate the benefits of the procedure for the rest of their lives.
How Much Does a Facelift Cost in Indianapolis?
Hamilton Facial Plastic Surgery seeks to make facial surgery procedures available and affordable for everyone. To accomplish this, we offer financing options and accept cash, major credit cards and personal checks for a facelift.
Mark M. Hamilton, MD, FACS, is recognized as one of the “top physicians” in America for facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, specializing solely in cosmetic facial procedures, Dr. Hamilton provides his Indianapolis patients with exceptional skills and results that last. For more information on a facelift or to schedule a private consultation at Dr. Hamilton’s Carmel or Greenwood office, please contact us.