A Facelift is an elegant surgical treatment designed to eliminate sagging skin and re-establish a more youthful appearance. After a Face Lift you will look natural and more youthful, not "lifted" or stretched as seen in some public figures and celebrities. Indeed, patients typically receive comments that they look younger, refreshed, rested, or they may even entertain questions regarding the loss of weight.
The main areas treated by a Face Lift are the neck, cheeks, and the areas around the jawline often referred to as the jowls. Technically, the Facelift procedure does not address concerns around the eyes or eyebrows; however, if the patient wants these areas can be rejuvenated during the procedure.
The first step in the process is a face to face consultation. Here, an extensive and thorough evaluation of your goals is discussed and treatment options are individually designed. Depending on the extent of laxity and the patient's concerns other procedures may be found to be more beneficial, such as extended microlift or Microlift. Please be aware that Facelifts, extended microlifts and Microlifts are far different than other similar sounding procedures marketed on television, radio, and print.
The Facelift Procedure in Detail
The Facelift procedure involves delicate camouflaged incisions. The subtle incisions are needed to gain access to the underlying tissues (or the so-called "muscle layer") of the skin. It is these sagging weakened tissues that are repositioned and supported to achieve rejuvenation of the neck, jowl and cheek. After fully releasing and re-suspending the underlying tissues ("muscle layer"), the skin is meticulously re-draped into position without tension. Unwanted skin is removed as needed. Unfortunately, most advertised techniques do NOT properly or thoroughly release the underlying tissues (or "muscle layer"), and as a result the procedure takes less time and is advertised as such to entice prospective patients.
The Facelift surgery is well tolerated with minimal discomfort. The amount of bruising and swelling is minimized by techniques and experience in post-surgical management methods. Sutures are routinely removed by the end of one week, and patients are typically out in public with confidence in less than 2 weeks. A lot of aestheticians will also provide a complimentary make-up and skin care session to ease the transition into public.
This can be a life changing procedure so be sure to take your time and think about all your options, consult different doctors to see which one is best for you.
Dave Stringham president of LookingYourBest.com writes about cosmetic procedures such as the facelift a life changing surgery, he also provides valuable information on how to choose a plastic surgeon in Orange County CA.