As we age and time goes by, gravity, the heat of the sun, and other factors take a tremendous toll on both our neck and face. Creases will begin to form on our face and in the corners of the nose and mouth, the jaw will begin to slack, and the neck will begin to develop folds and fat deposits. A revolutionary procedure called a facelift also referred to as a rhytidectomy, will counteract the signs of aging by tightening the muscle, removing the fat and trimming any excess skin. This will give your face a youthful and full fresh look.
What a Facelift Can do for you at plastic surgery of southern New England
A facelifts main goal is to help to improve the look of the middle and lower parts of your face and also the neck. It results in correcting:
- Mid-face sagging
- Deep creases below the eyes
- Any sagging fat within the face
- Any loose fat and skin under your chin and jawline
- Nasolabial folds
Even though a facelift will help to remove any signs of aging, as time goes on, they can gradually appear again. This facelift does not improve any of the looks within the brow, nose and your eyelids, and even some parts of the middle part of your face. Patients who want to help improve those areas will have to combine a facelift with eyelid surgery or even a brow lift, and with some injectable soft-tissue fillers, facial implants and skin resurfacing.
Who is a candidate for a facelift?
Candidacy for a facelift can be figured out by what you want to have corrected on your face due to aging. You may have some facial sagging, but still have a decent amount of elasticity in your skin; generally, have good health; do not smoke, and want realistic expectations about what a facelift can do for you.
A facelift is usually performed as an outpatient procedure in our office located in Fall River, Massachusetts. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia. The procedure takes several hours. The way a facelift is performed depends on the surgeon, the patient’s facial structure, and the extent of correction desired. The types are a traditional facelift or a limited-incision facelift. In both methods, incisions are closed with stitches or tissue glue. Scars are hidden in the hairline and natural contours of the face.
Risk Factors Of A Facelift
There are a few complications associated with a facelift that can happen. These include bleeding, bruising, possible infection, discoloration and swelling, blistering skin typically in those who smoke, allergic reactions to anesthesia, mild or severe nerve injuries, and permanent or temporary loss of sensation within your face. Scheduling a consultation with us at Plastic Surgery of Southern New England will help you understand the possible risks you may face or be sensitive to.
What kind of recovery can I expect after my facelift?
After a successful facelift is performed, our surgeons will wrap any incisions with bandages, and can also place drainage tubes. These tubes will be taken out the following day after your hair is carefully washed. If you have any surgical clips holding your incisions closed, we will also remove them, along with any stitches, one week after the procedure is performed. You may begin to feel swelling, bruising, tightness or tension in your face and neck, or bruising can be felt. Your face may begin to look uneven or distorted, and also your facial muscles may feel very stiff. These side effects will resolve themselves within 3 to 6 weeks, and your sensation will return typically after a few months. You will notice your scars will be less red, lumpy, raised and itchy over time.
How long will the effects of a facelift last on me?
Your results after your facelift are not permanent, with some patients choosing to undergo this procedure every 5 to ten years. In certain instances, effects can be permanent; years later, the face can continue to look better than if a facelift had not been performed.
Schedule A Consultation
If you are interested in a facelift or want to learn more, schedule a consultation with us by calling (508) 567-3202. Our practice serves Fall River, Massachusetts and the rest of the surrounding areas.