It’s not possible to stop the aging process altogether. 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.
Rhytidectomy, or facelift surgery as it is more commonly known, is a plastic surgery procedure designed to provide the face with a more youthful and refreshed appearance. 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.
If you are considering a facelift, it’s important that you be in good physical health and that you have realistic expectations for your surgery’s outcome. Patients with a strong or well-defined bone structure and those with some elasticity left in their skin typically obtain the best results. The majority of facelift patients range in age from the forties to the sixties. Of course, patients of just about any age can undergo a facelift.
The surgical time for a facelift typically lasts between two and three hours, with either local anesthesia and sedation or general anesthesia being used. 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 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.
After Facelift Surgery
After facelift surgery, the head is wrapped in bandages which may stay in place for up to five days. Patients can expect the face to appear pale and puffy at first with both swelling and bruising present. Bruising usually fades within two to three weeks. Numbness and/or discomfort can also occur and pain medication can be prescribed to help relieve the discomfort. Stitches are generally removed after about one week. It will take about ten to fourteen days before work and other normal activities can be resumed and two or more weeks before resuming more strenuous activities. Sun exposure will need to be limited for several months.
For select patients, Mini facelifts also offer facial rejuvenation with less risk, less downtime and smaller incisions. Prospective patients are encouraged to call our office for more information or to set up a consultation.
Hamilton FAQ About Facelift
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.
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.
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 will probably 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 decreases.
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.
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.
What Are Possible Complications Of A Facelift?
It is important to note that complications from a facelift are extremely rare because this is a very safe procedure. Bleeding and infection may occur but only in rare cases.
How Long Will The Results Of A Facelift Last?
Everyone ages differently, so the amount of time a facelift lasts can vary. Patients will appreciate the benefits of the procedure for the rest of their lives.