As years and the effects of sun exposure and gravity accumulate, the skin and the underlying supportive structures of the face and neck lose their elasticity, and wrinkles and excess skin develop, particularly along the jawline and front of the neck.
Facelift surgery, or rhytidectomy, is the process of smoothing major wrinkles and sagging skin in order to provide a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance, particularly along the lower face, jawline, and neck. The facelift procedure smoothes the skin of the face and neck, tightens the underlying tissues and muscle, and removes excess skin.
If you have visible signs of aging in you face and neck, you may be a candidate for a facelift and/or neck lift.
Facelifts are typically performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. “Short Scar” facelift incisions are made in the hairline at the temple and along the contours of the inside of the ear down to the earlobe. More traditional techniques extend the incision around the ear to the hairline behind the ear. Excess skin is removed and sagging muscles and connective tissues are tightened. Incisions are closed with small sutures. The procedure lasts from two to four hours.
The healing process is gradual and the amount of time it takes to recover from facelift surgery varies greatly from patient to patient. Sutures are removed within a week of the surgery. Most patients have temporary bruising and swelling but can return to work in one to two weeks with makeup. More strenuous activities are encouraged in three to four weeks. Complete resolution of swelling can take three months or so.
As with any type of surgical procedure, there are some risks involved with facelift and neck lift surgery. Potential complications may include bleeding, infection, incomplete improvement, and very rarely, nerve damage. Incisions made during facelift surgery are usually inconspicuous. However, visible scarring can occur based on individual variations in healing.
If the visible signs of aging in your face are causing you dissatisfaction with your quality of life, a facelift and/or neck lift may be right for you. Dr. Sewell will speak with you, discuss your desired results, and help you determine if you are a candidate.