Your face reveals a lot about you: bright eyes, a warm smile, a refined nose. But as the years go by, the details of our lives show up in the form of lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, and sun damage. This aging process is natural and no one can escape life’s daily stressors and exposure to environmental factors. You do not need to accept these imperfections and can give yourself a refreshed and more youthful appearance with a facelift.
What is a Facelift?
We are all victims of gravity, with skin losing collagen and elasticity over time. Facelifts can fix sagging skin that causes looseness around the neck, jaw, cheeks, and eyes. This surgery also targets signs of aging, wrinkles, stubborn fat, and volume loss.
Sagging skin is one of the most common reasons why patients seek a facelift. People often see the first signs of loose skin on their necks or underneath the jaw, but Dr. Maman will assess your entire face to determine how to best achieve improvement. Other issues include the far-too-common parenthesis at the corners of the mouth, deep lines between the eyebrows, and displaced or diminished fat that causes an undesirable appearance.
Anyone who struggles with the problems of aging that are expressed physically on their face is a potential candidate for a facelift. The best candidates are healthy, non-smokers who understand the process and have realistic expectations. The majority of patients who consider this procedure begin in their 50’s.
Dr. Maman will discuss your goals, questions, and procedure in great detail during your consultation and preoperative appointments. He will conduct a physical examination during your initial visit and will address your medical and surgical history to have a comprehensive understanding of your needs. Dr. Maman will then discuss your treatment plan, thoroughly exploring all your options to help you identify realistic and reasonable goals.
When you receive a facelift, you will be sedated or under general anesthesia. Dr. Maman will then make the necessary incisions to sculpt or redistribute tissue on the face and neck. Your skin is then redraped and tightened as needed, to achieve your desired look. Dr. Maman will close the incisions with precision, blending them naturally along the hairline and within the structure of the ear. This decision will be a part of your consultation process.
Results and Recovery
With advancing medical science, surgical procedures like facelifts have become more routine, with very few side effects. You will likely bruise and swell, but Dr. Maman will strategically bandage your face to minimize post-procedure downtime. During the first few days after surgery, most patients only need icing and very little medication to manage any minimal discomfort.
Dr. Maman requires his facelift patients to spend one night with a private duty care nurse that our office will arrange for you. That nurse will be with you from the time you wake up from surgery and will escort you home or to your hotel. The nurse will stay overnight working to ensure your comfort and safety, but is available to stay longer as a patient prefers.
Dr. Maman will help you best understand how to care for your incision wounds and manage any drainage. If anything, you will take oral pain medication and use topical creams. After the first few days, you will be mobile and able to do normal daily activity. Nearly all patients recover within two weeks, and can resume exercise at around 4 weeks. You will be provided with all post-operative care instructions and any follow up appointments for continued care.
As a cosmetic procedure, facelifts are mostly used to create a more youthful appearance and reverse any signs of natural aging. This procedure is commonly combined with others, such as a blepharoplasty to address the eyes, an earlobe repair to correct sagging earlobes, and/or a strong chemical peel to improve the skin’s appearance.
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