What to Expect from Your Facelift

A facelift, also known as a Rhytidectomy, is a common type of anti-aging plastic surgery requested by both men and women. This procedure may help with creases around the nose and mouth, loose skin along the jawline, excess fat in the neck area, and an uneven appearance to the face due to lost or shifted fat deposits.

Why Do I Need a Facelift?

Your skin can grow to appear aged and old due to a variety of factors such as thinning skin, sun damage, smoking, stress, heredity, loss of facial fat, etc. The procedure is recommended for people who have advanced signs of aging that cannot be corrected with dermal fillers and less invasive procedures, such as a brow lift or eyelid surgery. A facelift can help reduce the overall signs of aging and can restore your youthful, natural look.

What Does a Facelift Consist Of?

The technique used for a facelift is tailored to the patient. You may only need surgery to help signs of aging in the lower third of your face, or you may need a more extensive facelift that corrects wrinkles and creases over your entire face. As with any type of surgery, this procedure creates scars. To make your facelift look as natural as possible, Dr. Daniel Daube makes incisions where the scars are less visible, such as under your chin, in the ear crease, and along the hairline. After the incisions are made, the skin is pulled taut, and the underlying muscles may be sutured in place. This helps to contour the face and restore a youthful, natural shape.

How Long Will It Take to Recover From a Facelift?

After your facelift, your head is wrapped in a compression bandage to promote proper healing. Healing from a facelift may take several months, and this timeframe varies by patient. You will have some bruising and swelling that mask the full results of the procedure. These are normal side effects, but if they are excessive or you think there might be a problem, contact us right away. It is important to keep up with your follow up appointments and doctors visits after your procedure and to follow any after-care instructions that your surgeon gives you.

While a facelift does not stop the aging process, it can keep you looking younger for many years if you take proper care of your skin. If you are interested in this procedure or just want to learn more about it, contact us at Gulf Coast Facial Plastics today!

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