As people age, the effects of gravity, exposure to sun and the stress of daily life can be seen in their faces. Deep creases form between the nose and mouth, the jaw line grows slack and jowls form, folds and fat deposits appear around the neck. A facelift can “set back the clock” by removing excess fat, tightening underlying muscles and redraping the skin of your face and neck.
|Procedure||The technique chosen for your surgery depends on your features, your surgeon’s preferences and your desired results. Typically, the incision is hidden in the natural contour of the ear, and then extends around the earlboe and back in the hairline. Working through these incisions, your plastic surgeon will free the facial skin from its underlying tissues and pull it upward and back. The excess skin is then removed. Most often done on men and women over 40.|
|Length||2 1/2-4 hours|
|Anesthesia||General or IV sedation|
|Temporary Side Effects||Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness and tenderness of skin, tight feeling, dry skin|
|Recovery||Back to work in 10 to 14 days. More strenuous activity after 2 weeks or more. Bruising lasting 2 to 3 weeks. Must limit exposure to the sun for several months|
|Duration of Results||A number of factors, including heredity and your lifestyle, play a role in how long the results of your facelift will last. Even though the aging process continues, patients are usually happy with their apperaance for many years following a facelift|