A facelift is an operation that tightens loose and sagging skin in the face, cheeks and neck. The average duration of routine surgery is three hours. General anesthesia administered by a board certified anesthesiologist is used. Facelifts and all procedures I do are performed exclusively by me in my state of the art, AAASF certified operating room. No part of the operation is done by any other surgeon, nurse or assistant. Patients do not stay in a hospital or overnight facility but must be accompanied by a responsible adult the first night after surgery. The large, padded dressing put on after surgery is removed the next day and your hair is shampooed and dried. A chinstrap is worn and not removed for an additional four days. On the fifth post-operative day the visible sutures are removed and many patients feel comfortable enough to return to work using camouflage makeup to hide any remaining bruising. Although the chinstrap is worn as often as possible for the first five weeks, it may be removed for showering and while in public. The remaining hidden sutures are removed at two weeks after surgery. Most swelling will have resolved by then. Bruising is usually gone by three weeks after surgery. Sensation in the operated areas may take as much as six months to return. Your final result should be apparent at about six weeks and it should last for five to ten years.
If you are interested in learning more about the facelift procedure and your options, please contact my office to schedule an appointment.
What is it Like to Have a Facelift?
I wanted to look as good as I felt. Waking up and looking in the mirror I saw the effects of gravity on my face, which just ruined that good feeling. Now, I wash my face, brush my teeth and go off feeling good about myself.
The term “facelift” may be confusing because it means different things to different people. I define a facelift as an operation that lifts the sagging skin of the neck, jowls, cheeks and corners of the mouth. I do not consider eyelid, forehead or nasal surgery to be part of a facelift although some of these procedures are often done at the same time as the facelift. Also, facelift does not improve the texture of the skin. A peel, dermabrasion or laser treatment is required for that and any of these can also be done at the same time as a facelift. If all that is desired is a “refreshed” look or lifting of the jowls, then a mini-facelift might be more appropriate. What a facelift does that a mini-facelift cannot do is to lift the cheeks and remove the extra skin and fat of the neck.
Patients often ask if they are “too young” for a facelift. There is no specific age cutoff. The “right time” for surgery is usually when the patient feels that what is bothering him or her overshadows any concern about surgery. I have operated on patients from their early forties to their late eighties.