Will Post- Facelift Staple Removal Improve Skin Tightening?

Will Removeable of Staples After a Facelift Improve the Tightness in my Face

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Skin Staples and Face lift Tightness

 Removing  Staples After a Face lift sill  Improve the Tightness in my Face perhaps a little. It will lessen the tension in the immediate area just a little at most. With time however your tissues will become more pliant and less tight.

Facelift - Will Post- Facelift Staple Removal Improve Skin Tightening?

I think you're asking if the feeling of tightness you have after a facelift will be improved (relieved) once the staples are out?  If so, then the answer is - not really.  It feels tight because (1) it IS tight, (2) swelling under the skin contributes to the tightness, and (3) some of the small nerves that go to the skin were cut as a part of the facelift and, as a result, you have some loss of feeling in the area.  For reasons that are unclear, that often translates into a feeling of tightness.  Once the staples are removed there will be only a slight release of tension.  The staples simply align the skin and are only in for a few days (around 10, usually).  The feeling of tightness will abate over time and you will eventually feel normal...but that's related less to the staples than to many other factors.

I hope that this helps, and good luck,

Dr. E

Staple removal after Facelift will not improve skin tightening

The staples were used to close the skin and if used properly were not used in a way to tighten the skin during closure. The tightening was most likely done with sutures placed under the skin in the SMAS layer.

Hopefully there will be no change is skin tension after staple removal. If anything, if the staples were placed under tension, the skin could become looser.

Discuss your concerns with your surgeon

Removing staples won't tighten skin after Face Lift

 No, removing the staples won't have any effect on the degree of tightening after a Face Lift.  It's just a quick way to close the incision and by itself offers no advantage or skin tightening proiperties.  Staples were used primarily for closure, within the scalp, but have been replaced with suture closure, in many instances, for a more aesthetic scar.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

Staples are you're friends

no, don't worry. they don't hurt coming out. and remember if its not tight now, when the swelling goes down you may feel too loose. hang in there.

Rafael C. Cabrera, MD
Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

No, unfortunately removing staples will not improve tightness

No, unfortunately removing staples will not improve tightness.  The tightness will continue to improve as you heal and the swelling goes down.  Good luck1

Babak Azizzadeh, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Staple Removal and Skin Tightness after Facelift

By "improve skin tightening" I assume you mean reduced skin tightness. Staple removal will have no effect. The skin tightness will decrease as swelling resolves. Some of that tightness is secondary to the temporary loss of skin sensation. 

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

Removing staples will not tighten face

Removing your surgical staples won't produce further tightening of you face. This early from surgery you still have some healing to do in addition to swelling that will subside.

Thomas A. Lamperti, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

Removal of skin clips after facelift should not change "tightness" of face

Removal of skin clips after facelift should not change "tightness" of face. Time, reduction in swelling and relaxation of tissues will result in some relaxation of the face and neck tissues that typically eliminates the overly tight sensation that some people have after undergoing facelift.

Stephen Weber MD, FACS

Staple Removal after Facelift

Staples can be uncomfortable for the patient (which is one of the reasons why I do not use them). Tightness is most likely not related to the staples or sutures and should not change dramatically. Rather, tightness is a common temporary experience after facelifts related to tightening of the platymsa and SMAS.

Frank P. Fechner, MD
Worcester Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 44 reviews

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