The term “facial rejuvenation” covers a wide spectrum from microdermabrasion to face lifting. Here are few of the most common questions about the facelift procedure:
Q: What does a facelift do?
A: Face lifting is designed to re-suspend sagging skin muscles and ligaments of the brow, cheek, jawline and neck. If performed properly, it returns one’s appearance to that of the past: a more youthful yet natural look.
Q: Will there be visible scars?
A: The scars are well hidden around the ears in natural folds and in the scalp. With meticulous surgery and proper post-operative care (cleaning and ointment), the scars should be barely visible to the naked eye.
Q: How long does it take to heal?
A: With a proper surgery, most bruising and swelling is gone in 1-1/2 to 2 weeks. Minor swelling may persist for a few weeks to months. Patients generally feel very comfortable and return to normal activities in 1-1/2 to 2 weeks.
Q: Will I need to wear bulky dressings for a long time or use drains like my mother did when she had a facelift many years ago?
A: No, it is rare nowadays to need either. Although traditional techniques required these, newer, more meticulous surgery does not. Usually, only an overnight dressing is needed. This translates into faster, safer healing with less bruising and swelling. A facelift looks good in about 2 weeks—-not 2 months like in the old days.
Q: When should I consider having a facelift?
A: A facelift is individualized to a patient’s needs and desires. Some patients develop sagging of the brow, cheek and neck earlier than others. Some desire rejuvenation earlier than others. If there is a drooping of the brow, a sagging of the cheeks and jowls or looseness of the neck skin, a facelift can correct these signs of aging, whether an individual is 30 or 80. The average age of patients at my practice has been dropping from the 50s to the 40s. This is because of improved techniques and longer-lasting results.
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