Learn More About Facelift Procedures
Having a facelift (rhytidectomy) can help create a more youthful appearance by restoring lost muscle tone and skin elasticity to the neck and face. Elizabeth A. Kinsley, MD is an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon who can answer your questions about this common cosmetic surgery.
What Are the Benefits of a Facelift?
Many patients decide on having a facelift to address deep creases that affect the nasolabial fold between the bottom of the nose and corners of the lips. This procedure may eliminate jowls, excess fat in the neck area, and sagging skin that can create a tired or aged appearance.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Facelift?
A facelift may be appropriate if you want to achieve a tighter, smoother contour and reduce the impact of aging, which causes the muscles and skin to lose tone and firmness. You should be in good health and have realistic expectations about your results. If you smoke, you must quit at least six weeks before having a facelift. A few weeks before the procedure, you may also need to stop taking aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs that can increase post-surgical bruising and bleeding.
What Should I Expect During the Procedure and Recovery?
We will conduct the procedure under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. Facelifts range in size from “mini” to “standard” depending on the location and extent of skin laxity. Incisions are made within the hairline (or along the hair margin) above the ear, extending down around the lobe and ending in or below the hairline behind the ear. This allows the repositioning of muscle, fat, and tissue to create the desired facial contour. We also remove excess skin to create a tighter yet natural-looking profile before closing the incision with adhesives or sutures.
Next, we will bandage the incisions to keep the surgical site clean and promote healing. The incisions may require draining tubes to remove excess fluid. Before discharge, we will provide instructions about caring for your incisions and returning for follow-up care.
Swelling and bruising typically last for 10 to 14 days after a facelift. While results are usually evident when the incisions heal, it may take up to three months for your complexion to feel completely normal again. During this time, you’ll also notice that your appearance continues to improve as the healing process progresses. Complications from a facelift are rare, but carefully following care instructions after surgery can reduce your risk of infection and other issues.
Most patients experience minimal scarring since the incisions will be well-hidden by the hairline. Many also decide to compliment the results of the facelift with an eyelid lift, eyebrow lift, rhinoplasty, chemical peel, or another facial procedure.
While a facelift will not completely counteract the aging process, it can help you achieve a more youthful appearance. Get a better idea of your expected results by reviewing our facelift before and after photos. To determine whether this cosmetic surgery is right for you, contact the office of Elizabeth A. Kinsley, MD to schedule a consultation. Call (985) 893-3737 or complete our convenient form to make an appointment.