Jacksonville Facelift Cosmetic Surgery | Neck Lift Surgery
Welcome to Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery’s guide to the facelift procedure. This introduction to the procedure also covers a few things you can do to ensure a result you will love. This information cannot take the place of your consultation, and we can best answer any questions you have or address specific concerns in your private consultation.
A facelift, or Rhytidectomy, is one of the most common facial procedures to help return a more youthful look to the face. This procedure is performed on more than 150,000 men and women a year. A facelift addresses the concerns of the lower two thirds of your face. It removes lax facial skin, repositions and reduces underlying excess fat deposits, and tightens underlying muscles and deeper tissues, giving you a more rested, youthful look. Today’s facelift is more effective, natural-looking, and longer lasting than ever before. Many patients can look as much as 10 to 15 years younger. Facelifts are often performed in conjunction with other procedures such as: neck lifts, eyelid surgery, brow lifts, dermal fillers, and/or skin treatments.
Face Lift Cosmetic Surgery Procedure
Typically performed under general anesthesia, the facelift procedure may take up to four hours or longer depending on if you are having more than one procedure preformed and the technique best for you.
Traditional Facelift Cosmetic Surgery
During the traditional facelift, the incisions usually start above the hairline, extend down in front of the ear and circles back within the hairline. After the skin is released and raised from the face, a layer of tissue called the SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system) is exposed. This layer is repositioned and/or tightened, excess skin removed, and the incisions are closed with very fine sutures. Small tubes may be placed under your skin behind the ear to drain any blood that may have collected during surgery. Your head may be bandaged to minimize bruising and swelling. After surgery, you will be taken to the recovery room until you are able to go home. We may recommend an overnight stay.
Mid-Face Lift Cosmetic Surgery
A mid-face lift may be preformed alone or in combination with the traditional lift. Although this technique does not usually offer total facial rejuvenation, it can provide a quicker recovery and significant reshaping of the mid-face. During a mid-face lift, small incisions are made in the hairline above the ear and sometimes inside the mouth. Fat along the cheeks is pulled back, the tissue is tightened, and the incisions are closed with very fine sutures. This procedure is designed to elevate the descending tissues of the cheek prominence and below the lower eyelid.
Neck Lift Cosmetic Surgery
A neck lift specifically addresses the neck and eliminates hanging neck skin, muscular bands, and excess fat that mask smooth defined neck and jaw contours. In most cases, incisions are confined behind the ears or under the surface of the chin. Liposuction may be used as well to remove excess fat and tighten the skin. Most of the time, a neck lift is performed in conjunction with a facelift.
Preparing for Face Lift Cosmetic Surgery
Here are some suggestions to help you prepare for surgery.
During your consultation you should be very open: provide us with all of your medical history and list all of the medications, vitamins, and herbs you are taking (even if you don’t think they’re important). Every person has a unique perspective on his or her ideal facial appearance, and your goals will affect the way your facelift is performed. It is important to discuss your desires so that we can help you can set realistic expectations.
Here are some tips that may help you reduce scarring, shorten your recovery time, and decrease your chances of complications:
• Discontinue using Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Naprosyn, St. John’s Wort, and Vitamin E for two weeks before and one week after your procedure. These act as blood thinners and could cause problems with blood clotting.
• Stop smoking for at least two weeks before and one week after surgery as nicotine can impair circulation and healing.
• Avoid excessive sun exposure including tanning booths, facials, steaming masks, and other skin irritants.
• Do not drink alcohol in excess before or after surgery.
• Drink several glasses of water in the days leading up to your procedure.
To make your recovery easier and more comfortable be sure to:
• Arrange for someone to take you home and to take care of you for at least the first day.
• Fill your prescriptions and place them within easy reach of where you will be resting.
• Place a bed wedge near by to keep your head elevated at all times.
• You may also want to allow your hair to grow out if it is short. This will help hide scars after surgery.
Post Face Lift Cosmetic Surgery
You should expect some bruising, swelling, and the feeling of tightness. While your face is swollen it will probably look and feel strange to you. Stitches will come out or be absorbed on their own between a week and ten days. Bruising and swelling will subside significantly within a week to ten days. If you feel like you’ve lost sensation in the treated areas, don’t be alarmed. As your nerves begin to regenerate, feeling and sensation should return to normal. Pain is moderate with this procedure but pain medication will be prescribed to control any discomfort. However, if you begin to have a sudden onset of pain or if your pain becomes severe, contact us immediately.
The recovery process is different for everyone, but within a day of your facelift, you should be up and walking around. You may bathe the day following surgery after your dressings are removed. Keep your head elevated at all times for two weeks following surgery. Over the next couple of weeks your face may be very sensitive and you may want to consider using special camouflage makeup as you heal. For the first week or two you should plan on being out of work and away from your usual activities. After this period, you may gradually return to activities such as lifting and exercise. Avoid any high impact activities for about one month. Stay away from saunas for a few months as the steam can affect healing. These precautions will help you avoid stress to your scars and allow time for your facial tissue to heal and recover.
While there will be permanent scars, in most cases they will be well hidden by your hair. The scars are usually small and become difficult to see as they heal over time. Your facial appearance will improve over a period of several months and you should be able to keep results that you will love for a very long time.
Be sure to take a look at our before and after photos to get a better idea of the results you may achieve. If you have any remaining questions or are ready to schedule your facelift consultation, give us a call, we’ll be waiting to help.
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