What Is A Face Lift?

A facelift is also called a rhytidectomy. This is the surgical removal of wrinkles that provides patients with a younger looking facial appearance. Multiple surgical techniques are used to target unique facial concerns; however, it mostly involves removing excess facial skin.

Muscles may or may not be tightened, depending on the case. The skin is then draped back on the face and neck. Please note that it is often paired with eyelid surgery and various facial procedures to produce the best results. This may include fillers to add plumpness to the cheeks and lips.

The Procedure

This process requires general anesthesia, as it can be a lengthy procedure that takes several hours. The anesthetic is provided via IV and localized injections may be necessary to numb the areas that will be operated on. An incision is made from the temple to the front part of the ear. The skin is raised to provide access to the muscles and tissues underneath that require tightening. Once that is done, the skin is draped back over and sutured. Please note that the incisions usually fall on the hairline so that they cannot be seen.

A neck lift is usually performed as well. This is done to tighten loose skin found underneath the chin and to target sagging jowls.

Recovery

Once the surgery is finished, you can go home that same day if you choose to do so.  A drainage tube is put in place, which is removed with the dressings. The stitches usually come off anytime between 5 and 10 days. Recovery time will take 2 to 3 weeks. It is best to keep your head elevated to prevent swelling; however, please expect bruising and swelling for the first few days. This should subside in due time.

Benefits

A facelift is the best solution for people who have sagging facial features. This may be caused by environmental factors, aging, stress or genetics. It provides a tighter and more toned facial appearance that will make you look youthful.

If you feel that your facial features are starting to sag, it would be best to enlist the expertise of a seasoned cosmetic surgeon. Dr. Dorner is a skilled cosmetic surgeon who is an expert in facial restoration. Let him help you stop time in its tracks.