A facelift is a surgical procedure that gives patients a more refreshed and youthful look. Through this treatment, a number of facial wrinkles can be smoothed away. The facelift addresses a sagging chin and cheeks and also takes care of the neck. The best facelifts should make you look natural, as if nothing has happened beyond rest and relaxation.
What Makes Facelifts Unique?
What make facelifts unique compared to other facial-rejuvenation options is that they offer long-lasting revitalization for the mid and lower face that allows a person to look up to 10 years younger.
Minimally invasive and non-invasive treatments often cannot match the facelift’s degree of rejuvenation and typically only last for several months.
What to Expect During the Procedure
Traditional facelifts can take three to four hours and may take up to six hours if a patient combines the procedure with procedures like chin, eyelid, and brow-lift surgery. These procedures are ways to achieve more-comprehensive results.
At the start of the facelift procedure, the patient is given anesthesia so that they can be comfortable and free of any pain throughout the duration of the surgery.
A traditional facelift requires an incision at the sideburn area over each ear. These incisions reach around the earlobes and end behind the ears. With the help of those incisions, the underlying tissues can be elevated.
Once the skin and muscles have been lifted in a way that looks natural, the incisions are closed with the help of surgical sutures.
The Facelift Recovery Period
Recovery time after a facelift surgery will depend upon factors like the extent of changes made and the time taken to perform the procedure.
All post-operative bruising and swelling will be gone within two to four weeks. It will be necessary to come back in for a follow-up appointment a week after the procedure in order to have stitches removed and to check on the progress of the healing.
Many patients often return to work in around one week. Physically taxing activities like heavy exercise and sports should be avoided for at least two weeks.
Once the patient has fully recovered and healed from the facelift procedure, they will be able to show off their excellent results.
How Long Can a Facelift Last?
A well-done facelift can last for years. The longevity of a facelift depends upon multiple factors, such as skin quality, significant weight changes, and environmental factors such as excessive sun exposure. Stress and lifestyle choices can also affect the longevity of a facelift.
Taking the Next Step
In order to achieve natural-looking results from a facelift, a patient should choose the plastic surgeon for their facelift very carefully. Finding the right plastic surgeon for the job is vital and can make all the difference in terms of results and overall satisfaction.
Dr. Troy Pittman is a skilled and well-regarded board-certified plastic surgeon with years of facelift experience. The best way to learn more about Dr. Pittman and the facelift procedure is by arranging a consultation. Contact our office today to schedule your informative consultation.