Signs of lower facial aging usually become evident between ages 40 and 50. The cheeks lose volume and skin in the lower face begins to sag and accentuate the jowl area.
A facelift is a procedure that helps to re-elevate and tighten facial tissue that has fallen and stretched over time. Re-elevating and tightening of the facial muscles helps to decrease the appearance of deep lines, while also helping to redefine the jawline. In a facelift, muscles and deep tissues are tightened, and excess skin is removed. Fat grafting can be performed at the same time as a facelift to help restore youthful contour and fullness to de-volumized areas of the face, including the upper cheeks.
Benefits of a Facelift
A facelift can:
Decrease the appearance of jowls in the lower cheek.
Redefine the jawline.
Tighten sagging skin.
Help to create a more rested, youthful appearance.
Candidates for a Facelift
Candidates for a facelift:
Do not smoke.
Do not have a history of serious health problems.
Do not have a history of excessive scarring or keloid formation.
The Facelift Procedure
Facelift surgery begins with an incision in front of or behind the ear and hairline. Dr. Berbos and Dr. Moore are meticulous in their incision creation and placement in order to minimize scarring. After incisions are made, the deep facial tissues and skin are tightened and excess skin is removed.
Fat can also be grafted at this time to add volume to the cheeks or fill in deep wrinkles and lines. Non-dissolvable sutures are then used to close the surgical incisions. These sutures are usually removed around two weeks after surgery. Over time, incision scars fade to flat, pale lines that can often be covered by your hair.
A facelift can be combined with other procedures, including upper and lower eyelid blepharoplasty, eyebrow lift and chin enhancement.
Results and Recovery After a Facelift
Following surgery, you may experience swelling and bruising. If a neck lift is also performed, drains will be placed in order to prevent fluid collection. Bruising and swelling are usually present for approximately two weeks. You may also experience itching around incisions as you heal. Length of recovery time will depend on the technique utilized during surgery. Most patients are able to return to their normal activities after one or two weeks.
Post-surgery recommendations following facelift surgery include:
Apply an ice pack to the surgical areas during the first three to four days after surgery to control swelling.
Do not apply makeup to your incisions for the first three weeks after surgery.
Protect your skin from the sun, which will help prevent scarring.
Avoid strenuous exercise or lifting weights over eight pounds for the first few weeks after surgery.
After a facelift has healed, most patients experience lasting results over the next ten years before significant signs of aging return.
Schedule a Facelift Consultation
If you would like to learn more about facelifts and how our surgeons at Visage Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery can help you look and feel your best, contact us today to schedule a consultation. We look forward to meeting with you and discussing your unique aesthetic goals.