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.
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.
How Much Does a Facelift Cost?
At your consultation, Kristen or Laura 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. If you’re ready to learn more about Facelift, please contact our office in Raleigh to schedule a consultation.