Facelift in Raleigh, NC
A facelift is a popular cosmetic surgery intended to reverse signs of facial aging. A facelift involves tightening the facial and neck muscles and removing excess skin. The end result is a more youthful, healthy, energetic appearance.
Who Should Get a Facelift?
Ideal candidates for a facelift are patients in good overall health who are dissatisfied or self-conscious about signs of facial aging.
A facelift can treat:
- pronounced facial lines and wrinkles
- drooping facial features
- jowls (loose skin around the neck line)
- fat and folds appearing around the neck.
A facelift can create smoother, more youthful facial contours. In addition, the muscles of the face should be tighter and more defined. Unsightly features, such as a double chin or loose, sagging skin, may be eliminated.
Is a Facelift painful?
We understand that the expectation of pain can stop you from seeking facelift surgery, and want to assure you that your experience will be well-managed. Facelift surgery is performed with appropriate anesthetic that prevents pain during the procedure. After anesthesia has worn off, patients can expect mild to moderate soreness and tenderness. Swelling and bruising are common side effects, as well. While comfort is managed with prescription pain medication, other postoperative side effects can be handled by resting and sleeping in a reclined position rather than lying flat. In terms of comfort, most patients feel well enough to go back to work and light activities in 5 to 10 days. It is the other side effects that may limit them from returning to daily life just yet, not pain.
How long does a Facelift usually last?
The results of a facelift are permanent in that the face looks younger than it would otherwise. That said, it usually takes 10 or more years for the signs of aging to begin to reappear after a facelift. How long results last can depend on several factors, including sun exposure, nutrition, even stress levels. Patients are encouraged to wear sunscreen and avoid tanning, to pursue a healthy lifestyle, and to avoid smoking.
How can I prepare for my Facelift Surgery?
- Patients who smoke must quit at least 6 weeks before their surgery. Smoking can inhibit oxygenated blood from circulating well, and thus slow down healing. Surgical risks are also significantly higher for patients who smoke.
- Nutrition and hydration are essential to prepare the body for surgery. Patients are encouraged to drink at least 64 oz of water a day and consume fresh, whole foods with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
- It is necessary to arrange 1 to 2 weeks off from work, childcare and home duties. Patients also need to arrange for someone to drive them home after their surgery and remain with them for 24 hours or more.
- Prescription medication and other recommended supplies should be picked up before the day of surgery.
What to Expect During Your Facelift
General anesthetic or intravenous sedation is administered, and an incision is made around the ears that can be extended into the hairline. Through the incisions, the tissue and muscle are repositioned, and excess fat and tissue is removed.
“I felt that what I wanted was to have a positive and peaceful experience with this doctor as well as with the procedure. He helped me to understand what he would be able to do for me and why it would be the best procedure for me. I gained confidence and had the courage to go through this operation because of all the help and support I got from the doctor and his staff.”
Deep layers of tissue are secured in place with internal sutures, and the skin is stretched into place. Once excess skin is trimmed away, the incisions are closed using fine sutures. Bandages will be applied to the treatment area after the surgery, and tubes may be inserted to allow excess fluid to drain from the incisions.
After Your Surgery
Immediately following surgery, you will experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort. These temporary side effects are normal, and can be managed with prescription pain medication. Elevation of the area and ice packs may be used to minimize swelling.
Stitches are removed in about a week; bruising should resolve in the first two weeks, and swelling in three to eight weeks. For most patients, normal activity may be resumed in one to two weeks, and more intense activity in six to eight weeks.
Understanding the Risks of a Face Lift
A facelift, like any surgical procedure, has some degree of risk and uncertainty. Potential adverse events could include unsatisfactory cosmetic result, infection, pain, and changes in facial sensitivity. Your consultation will include a discussion of your medical history and a review of the relevant safety information.
What should I expect from my results?
The general improvements achieved with facelift surgery can be noticed right away. For the first few weeks, however, results are somewhat obscured by swelling and bruising. After two weeks of healing, the new, lifted facial contours become more evident. It is at that time when patients can appreciate their younger appearance.
Will I need another Facelift in the future?
Typically, patients who undergo facelift surgery do not need a second procedure. This is true regardless of patient age. Many facelifts are now performed on patients in their forties and fifties. To prolong the effects of this procedure, it can be beneficial to maintain a regular “beauty schedule” that addresses the ongoing loss of collagen and elastin in the skin. Treatments like injectables, chemical peels, and microneedling are all beneficial for the adult who wants to stay ahead of their aging process.
How long Tightness can last after a Facelift
It is not unusual for the face to look and feel tight after a facelift. However, we do not expect this to last long. Patients should take their time in choosing an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon with a strong Before and After gallery related to facelift procedures. Our surgeons use precise facelift techniques aimed to achieve the ideal amount of tissue tightening and repositioning for naturally rejuvenated results.
How Much Does a Facelift Cost in Raleigh, NC?
At your consultation, our patient care coordinators will provide you with a detailed individual estimate given your surgeon’s recommendations. Please click here if you would like a generalized price estimate.
Our plastic surgeons have over 75 years of combined experience in cosmetic plastic surgery in Raleigh, NC. If you’re ready to learn more about Facelift, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.