A face lift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is designed to restore a refreshed, rejuvenated and more youthful look to your face and neck. Instead of the maligned stereotyped “pulled” or “tight” look, state of the art face lifts focus on restoring the youthful volumes and curves faces had in their earlier years before gravity pulled things down. Gravity forces the face to lose both bony and soft tissue volume, creating hallowing, sagging and wrinkles. Vertical resuspension, soft tissue augmentation and filling, structural work on underlying deeper facial tissue, and various skin resurfacing techniques are all utilized to plan the optimal approach to the individual’s face. Each facelift surgery can vary according to the patient’s problems and principle concerns. Blepharoplasty (eyelid rejuvenation), rhinoplasty, and forehead lifts also may be considered when evaluating and planning options for facial rejuvenation.*
A facelift will improve the lower temple region and the entire cheek, jowl, and neckline. In general, the incision starts within the hairline of the temple in front of and above the ear. This extends down in front of the ear, very close to the edge of the ear canal. It then sweeps around the lobe of the ear, up behind the ear approximately 2/3 its length and then turns back into the hair-bearing scalp or along the edge of the hairline. A small incision is usually made under the chin to allow contouring of the fat and tightening of the neck muscles to improve the neck contour and area under the chin.*
It is important to understand that this facelift will not affect the forehead, upper or lower eyelids, nose or area around the lips. The purpose of the surgery is to give you a more youthful and rested look, rejuvenating you rather than creating a pulled look with taught skin. Patients often have eye lid and forehead surgery performed at the same time to augment the aesthetic results of the face lift.*
The surgery is done by Christopher Verbin M.D. in an accredited outpatient surgical facility under general sedation. After the surgery, we place the patient in a large padded bandage to encompass the ears, chin and head. Patients stay with us in the Recovery Room until fully awake and then are either transferred to an aftercare facility, or picked up by family or a friend who will stay with you that night. You will have aftercare instructions and prescriptions for pain medication and antibiotic.*
During the first several days, swelling will be greatest and patient activity most limited. Patients have frequent postoperative visits the first two weeks during which dressings will be completely off by the third day and various sutures removed between 5 and 14 days. Makeup generally may be worn one week after surgery. Although recovery varies between patients, after three weeks the average patient looks presentable enough to attend social functions safely. However, there may be some small firm areas within the cheek or neck. It may take several months for these to go away and the skin to soften to normal consistency.*
After a facelift, one will always look more youthful throughout the years to come, even though the natural aging process will continue.*
For more information regarding face lifts, including 3D animation of how the procedure is performed, visit the American Society of Plastic Surgery’s website by clicking here.
Do you have questions about face lifts? Feel free to contact our patient coordinator at 310-539-6500 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org .
* Disclaimer : Results may vary based patients’ specific situation.