Reduce the Visible Signs of Aging
A face lift and/or neck lift improves the most visible signs of aging by removing excess fat, tightening underlying muscles, and reshaping the skin of the face and neck. In 2015, 127,297 face lift surgeries were performed in the US, according to the National Data Bank Statistics compiled annually by The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
Who is a Candidate For a Face Lift?
The best candidate for a face lift is a man or woman whose face and neck have begun to sag, but whose skin still has some elasticity and whose bone structure is strong and well defined. Most patients are in their forties to sixties, but face lifts can be done successfully on people in their seventies or eighties as well. A face lift can make you look younger and fresher, and it may enhance your self-confidence, but it can’t give you a totally different look. Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with your surgeon. To optimize and maintain your surgical results we recommend preoperative facial rejuvenation and postoperative follow-up with our aesthetician.
Face Lift Procedure
Face lift and neck lift procedures are performed under intravenous sedation or a general anesthetic, as an outpatient procedure.
The exact placement of incisions and precise surgical techniques depend on your facial structure and your surgeon’s preference. Incisions usually begin above the hairline at the temples, extend in a natural line in front of the ear (or just inside the cartilage at the front of your ear), and continue behind the earlobe to the lower scalp. If the neck needs work, a small incision may also be made under the chin.
The surgeon separates the skin from the fat and muscle below. Fat may be trimmed or suctioned from around the neck and chin to improve the contour. The surgeon then tightens the underlying muscle and membrane, pulls the skin back, and removes the excess. Stitches secure the layers of tissue and close the incisions; skin staples may be used on the scalp.
A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin behind your ear to drain any blood that might collect there. The surgeon may also wrap your head loosely in bandages to minimize bruising and swelling.
A facelift will require several hours – or somewhat longer if you’re having more than one procedure done. For extensive procedures, some surgeons may schedule two separate sessions.
If you would like to schedule a consult to discuss whether a face lift is right for you please call our office at 414-443-0033.
Post Operative Instructions and Information for Face Lift Surgery
- Patients must have someone drive them home and stay with them for the first night. Bandages will be removed on the first day after surgery and patients should have someone drive them to the doctor’s office as well.
- At discharge you will be given instructions regarding incision care and how to cleanse your face.
- Patients return to the doctor’s office at 1 and 2 weeks, and 1 and 3 months, after surgery
- The majority of swelling and bruising resolves within 1-2 weeks after surgery.Several sutures or hairline staples will need to be removed between the first and second weeks after surgery. Other dissolvable sutures will release on their own.
- Concealing makeup may be applied once all sutures have been removed or have dissolved.
- Avoid strenuous activities for 3-4 weeks after surgery. Your doctor will instruct you when you to begin a gradual return to activities. Patients usually return to an unrestricted activities by 6 weeks after surgery.
- If you currently smoke, your physician will require that you quit smoking prior to your face lift or neck lift procedure. This can be discussed during your consultation. It is extremely important that you do not smoke for at least 4 weeks following surgery.
- Patients must avoid sun exposure for 6 months after surgery. Daily use of a sunscreen is essential, especially when you are outdoors for more than 10 minutes.