Am I a candidate for a Face Lift?
How is Face Lift performed?
The Face Lift operation is most frequently performed using General or Light Sleep Anesthesia. After your arrival additional medications are given intravenously which induce a profound state of relaxation. Patients usually sleep during the operation. Much of the time patients have very little memory of the operation itself. After this state is achieved then medicines are given to produce numbness of the surgical area. This type of anesthesia is most frequently preferred by patients. It causes almost no recovery necessary from the anesthetics themselves unlike general anesthesia which may produce nausea after the surgery. It also carries less risk of complications. If general anesthesia is preferred, this may also be used.
This procedure takes about 2 to 6 hours to perform. It may take longer if you choose to have a neck lift as well. For procedures 3 hours or longer, many surgeons advise General anesthesia. Depending upon your facial structure the incisions will be placed as inconspicuously as possible above the hairline. Some doctors still cut at the hairline so ask your doctor which incisions he prefers. The incisions usually begin above the hairline, at the temples, continuing in a natural line in front of the ear. Some doctors can make the incisions with the cartilage just in the front-inside part of the ear, ending behind the earlobe and lower region of the scalp.
The skin is separated from the fat and muscle below it. If the neck lift is being performed with the face lift, a small incision is placed inconspicuously underneath the chin and excess fat may removed by either trimming it by hand or by facial liposuction. More than likely, your surgeon will use the facial liposuction technique. The underlying muscle and fascia are tightened and the skin itself is pulled back, trimmed and sutured into place. Sometimes surgical staples are used within the scalp. The surgeon may place a small drain tube behind your ears for excess fluid and blood drainage
How long does a face lift last?
How long should I expect to be away from work?
Is there a lot of swelling involved with a Face Lift?
What are the different techniques in performing a Face Lift?
What are the risks of Face Lift?
What does a typical Face Lift consultation entail?
What is a Face Lift?
What should I expect post-operatively?
Although, there is normally no extensive pain related to the facelift operation, pain medication is prescribed before hand. You may feel a degree of numbness that will normally disappear within a 1-3 months.
Don't be alarmed at the presence of bruising and swelling. This is very normal and you must realize that your skin and underlying tissues have been stretched, pulled and cut. The swelling will begin to disappear within the first couple of weeks. Many patients return to work with the help of camouflaging cosmetics at about 10 days post-op.
Things to be alarmed about that are not normal:
When is a Face Lift usually performed?
There is no usual age that a patient requests a face lift. It can be from 30's to 80's. Although, a brow lift can work wonders for younger patients whose only complaint is horizontal lines on the forehead and sagging brows or slightly hooded eyes. Brow lifts are often requested in the late 20's-early 30's category and up. It is quite possible that a brow lift is all that is needed.
However, A face lift can produce better results in those who are more mature or need extensive lifting and tightening or rejuvenation. Seeking an entire lifting of the facial skin and/or structure to produce a more youthful and alert appearance. You can discuss your available options with your surgeon to determine what is best for your individual case.
When will I be able to see the results?
When will the sutures be taken out and does this hurt?
Will there be scarring? If so where will the scars be located?