What Is a Facelift?

As people get older, the quality and texture of their skin becomes less elastic and more prone to wrinkling and sagging. The skin’s taut and youthful appeal slowly diminishes over time due to the aging process. Muscle tone is also less visible as one ages, which gives the skin a worn look.

A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure intended to give the skin youthful appeal. This approach targets common problems linked with aging, including wrinkles, a double chin, and droopy eyelids. It helps recontour the jawline, gives the muscle and skin a tighter quality, and eliminates loose excess skin.

Overall, this facial-rejuvenation technique can shave years off your age, giving you more confidence and enhanced self-esteem.

How Is It Done?

There are several ways to perform the facelift. For instance, the traditional technique is done by making an incision from the hairline located in front of your ear, or your temples. The surgeon will extend the incision under your ear and move upward until it reaches back to the hairline at the back of the ear.

Once the incision is completed, fatty tissues, as well as any loose skin, are lifted from the connective tissue and underlying muscle. They are then tightened. This way, sagging and wrinkling are resolved, which results in tighter skin.

There are also cases when the muscles are sutured to stretch the skin more and make it taut. In addition, excess skin is eliminated by pulling the skin back before lifting it upward.

Another means of performing a facelift is through a limited incision. In this method, incisions are shorter, and these are usually made in the hairline up to the front part of your ears. The natural creases in your face tend to conceal these incisions, so they become less noticeable.

After the procedure, skin staples and sutures are used to close the wound and allow it to heal. Then your surgeon will wrap bandages around the wounds after removing any excess blood.

Recovery

You may be required to wear a compression garment following the surgical procedure, and this is only to be removed each time you take a shower or when you need to clean the wound.

It is advisable that you avoid lying down flat to prevent any swelling. Keep your head elevated when you sleep by adding some pillows. You will also be advised to take oral medications to manage pain, although any discomfort should disappear within about 48 hours post-surgery.

There is minimal discomfort that comes with this procedure, and the dressings are usually removed after a maximum of five days. Thus, recovery should not take too long, and you can go back to your regular activities in less than a week after undergoing surgery.

What Are the Expected Results?

Generally, facelifts can give you a youthful look that may last for 10 years or so. With proper maintenance, a healthy lifestyle, and by following your surgeon’s advice, you can expect outstanding results for several years.

Arrange a Consultation

If you would like to learn more about the facelift procedure, contact our office and schedule a consultation with Dr. Martin Kessler or Dr. Ari Hoschander.

At KH Plastic Surgery, our goal is to use artistry, state of the art techniques and a scientific approach to extract a patient's underlying beauty. We believe that internal satisfaction can often be achieved through external self-appreciation.


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