If you’re worried about sagging tissue and wrinkles around your midface, jaw line or neck, a rhytidectomy may be the right option for you. A variety of factors such as heredity, gravity, stress and environmental conditions can contribute to visible signs of aging. Rhytidectomy, also known as facelift and/or midface lift, can create a more youthful look by removing excess fat and correcting sagging facial skin and muscles.
This surgical procedure restores firmness and creates a more rested and vibrant appearance.
Am I a Good Candidate?
Dr. Stevens recommends face lifts are best performed on adult men and women who have any of the following feelings or conditions:
- Feelings that your outward facial appearance does not reflect your physical or emotional youth or vigor
- A desire to improve the visible signs of aging on your face and neck
- Sagging in the mid face that has created a deep crease below your lower eyelid or crease between the nose and mouth
- Loss of muscle tone in the lower face (typically called “jowls”)
- Loose skin or excess fatty deposits under your chin (double chin or turkey neck)
Facelifts are also best performed on:
- Healthy individuals who do not have a medical condition that will impair healing
- People who have realistic goals in mind for the improvement of their appearance and have a positive outlook
What to Expect After Surgery
After your facelift procedure, you will be wrapped in a soft cotton compression dressing to minimize post-facelift swelling and bruising. Initial healing may also include numbness and discomfort that can be controlled with medication. It is also common for your skin to look bruised or discolored following the surgery.
On the third or fourth post-operative day, the dressing may be removed. At that time you will be allowed to wash your hair. Dr. Stevens will instruct you to keep your head elevated at all times until initial swelling has subsided. You will be provided specific post-operative instructions including cleansing of your face and hair. It is important to follow instructions carefully as it is essential to the success of your outcome. A return to light, normal activity is usually possible within a few days after surgery.
For the most part, facelift incisions are well healed within a week. You will be ready to return to work and light activity in approximately two weeks. Cosmetics can usually camouflage any bruising that remains. Healing will continue for at least several more weeks as swelling resolves and incision lines continue to improve. You must practice diligent sun protection until the healing process is fully complete.
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