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What Do I Need to Know Before Getting a Facelift?

Submitted by Dr. Fasching on Wed 08/24/2016 - 23:15

FaceliftAre you thinking of getting a facelift? Well, a facelift is usually to restore the facial dimensions of youth.  This includes elevating the cheeks, removing the jowls, providing a smooth youthful neck.  Facial aging is a result of the combinations of heredity and environmental factors i.e. sun exposure, smoking, weight changes, and stress. Before you decide to commit to the facelift’s rejuvenation powers, let’s learn a little bit about what it means to get a facelift.

How Are Facelifts Usually Done?

There will be a consultation with your surgeon to decide on the best facelift plan for you. Generally, facelifts involves an incision in the temporal hair that wraps inside the ear and goes behind the ear in the crease.  Incisions can be placed in alternate sites to preserve hairlines and facilitate an individual’s particular face and skin quality.  Your surgeon will then redistribute excess fat, repair tissue and restore muscle tone under the skin. After that, excess skin will be trimmed and the incisions will be closed with sutures under the skin to minimize scarring. Your surgeon will make sure to that the incision are easy to conceal.  Frequently aging involves loss of facial fullness. Lipotransfer is used to augment the cheeks or lips to restore the fullness of youth

What Different Kinds of Facelifts Are Available for Me?

The SMAS lift: this lift removes excess skin, repositions cheek fullness, and smoothing the neck while tightening underlying tissue called the SMAS. The SMAS technique allows for natural, smooth contours without visible tension.

Subperiosteal Lift: this technique is done with the help of an endoscope—a medical imaging device. Surgeons recommend other techniques than the subperiosteal lift because lifts that modify the upper layer of skin as well as underlying tissue tend to look more natural.

Deep Plane Facelift: This technique is more invasive than the other two and reshapes the skin, fat, muscles, and other facial tissues together as a composite.  The deep plane is a deeper facelift involving more aggressive tissue rearrangement and therefore takes longer to recover.

Facelift Recovery

Patients should set aside two weeks to recover.  Many patients have healed well enough to wear makeup and attend social events after one week.  Setting aside two weeks is advisable however.  It’s advised that you keep your head elevated, even when you’re sleeping. Tenderness, bruising, swelling, and soreness are normal but temporary effects of the procedure.  Are not particularly painful operation.

Here are a few items and tips that will help you recover safely and quickly:

  • Get an incline pillow to keep your head in an elevated position
  • Don’t use harsh soaps or lotions when washing your face
  • Get a handheld mirror to see where you can apply ointments
  • Put cold compresses on swollen areas
  • Do not use any heat on your face or neck
  • Avoid smoking, the medications, and activities your surgeon suggests
  • If you get your hair styled or colored, get it done well before the surgery

Do you want a plastic surgeon with the skill and artistry to create a custom facelift just for you? Contact Dr. Michael C. Fasching for a consultation on the right kind of facelift for your features.