FACELIFT

give your look a lift

Facial aging may involve a loss of skin elasticity, firmness, volume, and a change in the overall contour of the face. It may also include the development of creases, wrinkles, jowling in the lower face, and hanging skin on the neck (or commonly referred to as “turkey neck”). A Facelift procedure (also known as “rhytidectomy”) can help you feel younger and more refreshed if you’re bothered by the signs of aging on your face and neck.

Facelift Surgery – Charlotte Plastic SurgeryMany different areas of the face are affected by aging. Relaxation of the skin can cause sagging, which creates deep creases below the lower eyelid (in the tear trough) and between the nose and mouth. Facial muscles can similarly lose their firmness and the various fat-pads of the face can begin to thin or droop, creating jowling in the cheeks and jawline. You may also notice loose skin or even excess fat on the neck that may look like a double chin or “turkey neck.”

Depending on your needs and goals, a facelift procedure is very customizable and can return the face to a more youthful position while maintaining your appearance. You’ll look like yourself, just more rested and rejuvenated. With most facelift procedures, an incision is made in the hairline at the temples, continues behind the ear, and ends in the lower scalp. Fat may be transferred, sculpted or redistributed in the face to recreate youthful facial contours. Jowls, neck and underlying tissues are repositioned and deep facial layers and muscles are lifted. The skin is then redraped over the uplifted new contours of the face while excess skin is trimmed away. In most cases, a second incision under the chin may be needed to address sagging neck skin.

Facelift – Charlotte Plastic SurgeryIn general, a good candidate for a facelift is a healthy person who is a non-smoker and who do not have medical conditions that may impair their ability to heal. This procedure may also be paired with various other facial surgeries and treatments to help address a full range of facial aging issues.

Accompanying facial procedures may include:

  • Laser resurfacing to improve skin quality and texture
  • Eyelid, brow or forehead surgery to brighten and rejuvenate the areas of the upper face
  • Injectables such as Botox® or various dermal fillers to improve wrinkles and fine lines
  • Physician-grade topical skin care products to protect your investment and maintain results

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SURGICAL OVERVIEW

“I never thought I would ever say these words, but ‘I love my facelift!’ I can’t stop smiling when I look in the mirror – the outcome is beautiful and I am deeply moved to have the opportunity to share this transformation with the world.”

LENGTH: 3-4 hours.

ANESTHESIA: Usually asleep.

IN/OUTPATIENT: Usually outpatient.

SIDE EFFECTS: Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness and tenderness of skin; tight feeling, dry skin. For men, beard-growing skin may be repositioned.

RISKS: With any surgery, risks such as infection and blood clot exist. Our surgeons will always talk with you about potential risks specific to your procedures in your consultation. Other risks may include hematoma, the most common risk, occurring in approximately four percent of patients nationally. Also possible are seroma, nerve injury (sensory and motor), alopecia, pigment changes and asymmetry or change in hairline.

RECOVERY: Back to work: 10 to 14 days. More strenuous activity: Two weeks or more. Bruising: Two to three weeks. Must limit exposure to sun for several months.

DURATION OF RESULTS: Usually seven to 10 years.

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