A facelift is a surgical procedure designed to smooth and firm the skin of the face and neck providing a fresh youthful appearance. Throughout one's life the sun's radiation, stress, gravity, and other factors causes skin to sag and become very loose. Areas of the face and the neck, in particular around the jawline are especially prone to the aging process. Patients come in for a facelift to treat excess skin and fat in the neck, a sagging jaw line, and crease lines along the nose, mouth, and chin. The standard procedure for a facelift commonly involves making small incisions just inside the hairline following the contour in front of the ear and continuing under the earlobe in the back of the ear and into the lower part of the scalp. A facelift may take several hours or longer depending on whether or not other cosmetic surgical procedures are completed at the same time. Immediately after surgery the face is fitted with bandages in order to decrease the recovery time and to reduce swelling. Generally, post operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing and recovery process. The stitches are normally removed within a week. Patients sometimes report some minor pain associated with the surgery. Any discomfort can be treated effectively with oral medication. I let my facelift patients shower after three days and return to work and exercise after just one week. Overall a face lift is a great procedure that is very well-tolerated and it can produce useful results for a good 5 to 10 years. If you have any questions along the way, just hit the contact tab and will be happy to get back to you very quickly.
Facelift Walkthrough and Before and After Photos
Dr. Schreiber discusses what you need to know about facelifts, including what it can treat, incision placement, surgery duration, and recovery pain management.