The facelift is a proven plastic surgery procedure that works to correct or reduce the signs of aging. The procedure targets excess fat in the face and neck, loose skin, and deep nasolabial folds.
For many middle aged people, a facelift is ideal for achieving a younger appearance that more accurately expresses a youthful attitude toward life.
Who Should Get a Face Lift?
Those who are looking to rejuvenate the appearance of the face may want to consider facelift surgery. Specific indications include:
- Sagging jowls
- Deep facial folds
- Loose skin in the face and neck
- Fat around the neck
Individuals who suffer from high blood pressure, blood clotting problems, or a tendency to for excessive scars should talk with their doctor before considering face lift surgery.
Before & After Mid Facelift in Guilford, CT
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What Does a Facelift Do?
To access the areas treated during the face lift, Dr. Collins will make an incision above the hairline at the temples, along the natural contour in front of the ear and behind the earlobe to the lower scalp. She will then separate the skin from the fat and muscles below, and tighten these underlying tissues, removing fat as needed with liposuction or surgical excision. The overlying skin is then re-draped.
An incision may be made under that chin as well in order to rejuvenate the neck. The underlying tissues are then re-contoured, and the skin re-draped for a tauter, smoother texture. Stitches are then used to fixate the tissue layers and close the incisions.
Your facelift procedure may take place in an outpatient or inpatient hospital setting. Be sure to ask Dr. Collins about the benefits of both options. General anesthesia is commonly used for traditional deep plane facelifts, while local anesthesia may be suitable for limited facelift procedures. Facelift surgery time is approximately two to three hours.
After Face Lift Surgery:What Should I Expect?
You can expect a two week recovery after the surgery. Common post-operative side effects include numbness, bruising, and swelling, symptoms that are alleviated with time and care. A loose bandage, for example, will be applied to the area to minimize swelling. It is also important to keep your head elevated to minimize swelling, and limit activity.
It can be difficult to negotiate the considerations involved in the facelift, including costs, risks, benefits, and expected outcome. To discuss these matters with a plastic surgeon in Guilford, Connecticut, please contact us to set up a consultation with Beth Collins MD.