A full face lift can literally “take years” off of your facial appearance. This surgical procedure involves raising the skin and fat of your face neck up, contouring the underlying tissues and then replacing the skin in a more youthful position. While this procedure is technically demanding, the results can be quite dramatic. Please click here for more information on this procedure. Technically known as rhytidectomy, a facelift is a surgical procedure to improve visible signs of aging in the face and neck, such as: Sagging in the midface, Deep creases between the nose and mouth, Fat that has fallen or is displaced in the cheeks, Loss of muscle tone in the lower face that may create jowls, Loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw. A facelift is designed to correct all of these aging features, restoring a more youthful, rested appearance with uplifted contours and improved tone in facial skin and underlying muscle.
Procedure: Typical incisions begin within the hairline, above the temple and continue along or just inside the ear, ending behind the ear usually in the hairline. This allows access to tighten underlying tissue, remove excess fat and reduce sagging skin. A second incision under the chin is usually necessary. If skin tone is good and only mid-face aging or excess fat in the neck will be corrected, abbreviated techniques with shorter incisions may be used. Liposuction techniques may assist with removal of fat deposits.
Results: In the initial postoperative period, you will have a bulky dressing on your face and neck. Bruising is expected. Dressings will be changed at your first office visit. Swelling and bruising should subside within 2 to 4 weeks. Final results may be apparent in 1 to 2 months. Incision lines will continue to refine and fade for 1 year.
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