Wrinkles, sagging skin and laxity in the jowls commonly occur after years of normal daily facial expressions, exposure to the elements and the natural aging process. A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for refining and rejuvenating the face and neck, and can take years off of your appearance.
Contact us online or call one of our cosmetic centers, conveniently located in Noblesville, Indianapolis and Marion, to learn more about your options for facelift surgery. Our team of surgeons has helped thousands of men and women throughout the state of Indiana feel better about the way they look with a face lift.
About Face Lift Surgery
If you’ve been considering ways to reverse visible signs of aging on the face, you’re not alone. While the aging process affects each person differently, the loss of collagen, elastin and muscle strength usually results in loose skin and wrinkles in the lower face along with sagging jowls. A facelift is a surgical procedure designed to correct some of these effects of age to restore a younger, refreshed appearance.
However, it’s also important to understand the limitations of facelift surgery. A facelift addresses signs of aging in the mid and lower face, but does not remove forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet or under-eye bags. That’s why many people choose to combine their facelift with additional procedures like eyelid surgery or a brow lift for a more comprehensive approach to facial rejuvenation.
During your initial consultation, you’ll be able to discuss your goals with one of our cosmetic surgeons, including any concerns you may have. They will assess your needs and give you an idea of the outcome you can expect. Your cosmetic surgeon may also recommend additional treatments to better address your expectations.
Your Face Lift Procedure
Your exact facelift procedure will depend upon your individual needs hand the approach you and your cosmetic surgeon decide upon to create the best results. Most facelifts are performed under general anesthesia, but in some cases, only a local anesthetic may be used.
There are three common types of facelifts:
In a traditional facelift, the incisions run from the temple area above the ear, tracing around the front of the ear and ending behind the ear. The skin is lifted and your surgeon will reposition underlying muscle and tissue to create more youthful facial contours. The skin is tightened and excess skin and fat may be removed. The incisions are closed with fine sutures or metal clips.
A mid facelift rejuvenates the contours of the mid face, and can be useful for people with sagging cheeks or nasal furrows. The mid facelift uses incisions in the temporal hairline and inside the upper lip to raise the soft tissue of the mid face to its original youthful position over the cheekbones. The mid facelift can be done with minimal incisions. By taking an endoscopic approach, our cosmetic surgeons use a tiny fiber optic lens and imaging equipment to create precise results with the smallest incisions necessary. This option can restore a more youthful look to the cheeks and undereye area, but will not address sagging skin in the lower face or jowls.
Also known as an S-lift, a mini facelift provides a lift to the neck and the lower third of the face. Small, S-shaped incisions are made in front of the ears to tighten sagging skin in the cheeks, chin or neck. Soft tissue is lifted in the cheeks and lower face and excess skin and fat are removed.
As a nonsurgical alternative to these traditional facelift surgery options, your cosmetic surgeon may recommend the Silhouette InstaLift™, which can help you look visibly refreshed without the downtime associated with surgery.
Your Recovery & Results
Immediately following your facelift surgery, you can expect some bruising and swelling that will persist for a few days. Some discomfort during this time is normal and can be controlled with oral medication. Depending on the type of facelift performed, you may be asked to refrain from showering or washing your hair for the first 1 to 2 days, after which we will remove your bandages.
Most people take 1 to 2 weeks away from work and other normal activities to recover from their facelift. Most people feel comfortable enough after about 2 to 3 weeks to engage in public and social activities. You should avoid direct sun exposure for several additional weeks. Your final results should be visible by 6 months after your procedure. Following your facelift recovery, you should have visibly smoother, firmer and younger looking facial contours.
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