If you are experiencing signs of aging, then a facelift performed by our Plastic Surgeons in Rochester NY might be the right procedure for you. Luckily, today’s skin care products and procedures can go a long way toward helping us manage many of the effects of aging, but usually not indefinitely.
What Is A Facelift?
At The Plastic Surgery Group of Rochester, facelift surgery, technically called rhytidectomy, can help you “set back the clock.” A facelift is a procedure performed when your plastic surgeon removes any excess fat from your facial area, tightens the muscles, and re-drapes the skin over your face and neck. The most successful facelifts are subtle and aesthetic.
Candidates For A Facelift
Ideal facelift candidates for a facelift are looking to eradicate one or more common signs of aging. You may be a good candidate for a facelift surgery if you:
- Experience facial sagging but maintain some amount of skin elasticity
- Are in generally good health
- Do not smoke
- Have realistic expectations of what a facelift can achieve
What Can Facelift Surgery Treat?
Contrary to popular belief, a facelift does not improve the appearance of the entire face. The procedure focuses on improving the look of the lower and middle areas of the face and the neck. It is most effective in correcting:
- Sagging skin
- Loose skin and fat under the chin and jaw
- Deep eye creases
- Nasolabial folds
A facelift does a great job to remove or reduce common signs of aging. It should be noted, however, that these signs will reappear over time. Facelifts do not improved the brow, eyelids, or upper-face. In order to improve the appearance of these areas, patients often combine a facelift with a brow lift or eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty).
Facelift Before And After
Types Of Facelifts
There are two main types of facelift procedures. You and your surgeon will discuss your unique needs and goals before deciding on the best treatment plan for you — a traditional full facelift or a mini-facelift.
This procedure can address moderate to advanced aging around the mid-face and neck, offering dramatic results. Incisions are made behind the hairline, starting near the temples, and around the front of the ear, allowing your surgeon to:
- Reposition the deeper tissues beneath the skin
- Remove excess skin to smooth creases
- Eliminate jowls
- Eliminate sagging skin under the chin
- Restore a naturally youthful contour to the face
For those patients with less sagging and minimal jowls, a mini-facelift can disrupt the signs of aging before they become too noticeable, often delaying the need for a standard facelift for many years. This is a less invasive technique using smaller incisions (along the hairline above the ear and/or in the natural creases around the ear), but still allows the surgeon to:
- Tighten deep facial tissues
- Lift structural tissues around the cheeks
- Tighten jowls
- Refine the jawline
- Rejuvenate a tired appearance
The Facelift Procedure
Depending on the procedure and your preference, facelift surgery may be performed under local anesthesia with sedation, or with general anesthesia.
Your surgeon will usually begin the facelift procedure with incisions just above the hairline. These incisions extend down and in front of your ear, around, and back behind the earlobe. If your neck is also in need of tightening or contouring, your facelift surgeon will perform the appropriate procedure at the same time.
After separating the skin from underlying muscle, fat deposits and excess skin are removed, muscle fascia is tightened.
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Each patient’s healing process will be unique. You will receive detailed information and instructions for home care. As well as follow-up visits and returning to your normal schedule.
Generally speaking, recovery from a full facelift is fairly quick. Most patients return to normal activities after about two weeks and to more strenuous activities in about a month. The recovery process for a mini facelift is even shorter.
Bruising and swelling will be at their peak on about day two. But will gradually improve and dissipate in about 10 days to two weeks. With the help of some cosmetic cover-up, you could feel comfortable going out in public about a week after your procedure.
With either type of facelift procedure, you should keep your face protected from the sun. As it will be more vulnerable to sunburn for several weeks after surgery. Avoiding the sun is also important for proper scar healing.
Can Facelift Surgery Be Combined With Other Procedures?
Risks Of Facelift Surgery
As with any other surgery, undergoing a facelift comes with some side effects and risks. These risks include:
- Swelling or bruising
- Skin blistering
- Nerve injury
- Temporary or permanent loss of facial sensation
Complications resulting from facelift surgery are rare, but it is best to be prepared. Our doctors at Plastic Surgery Group of Rochester will thoroughly discuss the risks and benefits of your procedure before your surgery.