Projecting a youthful appearance is an important aspect of an attractive face. However, the combination of aging, gravity, and sun exposure can have negative effects on the face and neck over time. A facelift is often desired by those who want to eliminate the signs of aging and restore a more youthful facial appearance.
A facelift is a surgical procedure that reduces the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin on the mid and lower face. Also known as a “rhytidectomy,” a facelift can effectively correct the following:
You may be a good candidate for a facelift if you:
During your initial consultation, Dr. Hall will personally meet with you to discuss your desires for this procedure so he has a thorough understanding of your goals and desires. He will also review your medical history, current medical problems, past surgeries, and medications you are taking. Dr. Hall will then provide a physical examination of your face and neck. He will then explain the procedure, where your incisions will be made, and the results you can expect to receive.
A facelift is usually performed on an outpatient basis using general anesthesia. The length of the procedure varies, but it usually lasts between two and four hours.
A facelift targets the face, jowls, and neck by making incisions at the temples that extend down behind the ears, ending in the lower scalp. Dr. Hall will remove any excess skin and fatty tissue, and he will mobilize the underlying muscle and fatty tissue to a higher position. Occasionally, he will also make another incision under the chin to tighten the muscle or remove fat in this area. After he closes the incisions with sutures, Dr. Hall will place a large bandage to help control swelling.
It important to understand that a facelift will not improve the eye area or forehead. If these areas need rejuvenation, Dr. Hall may perform a blepharoplasty or brow lift in conjunction with a facelift.
The day after your surgery, Dr. Hall will remove the bandage and examine your skin. Dr. Hall will remove any sutures in front of the ear four days after surgery, and he will remove the remaining sutures one week after surgery. Occasionally a supportive chinstrap is worn for about three weeks.
Swelling is usually the worst during the first two days after surgery, but this can be alleviated by keeping your head elevated. Most bruising and swelling will resolve within two weeks. Either prescribed or over-the-counter medication will help to alleviate any discomfort you may feel during this time. Most patients are able to return to work 10 days to two weeks after surgery.
Since Dr. Hall places all incisions in the hairline or natural contours of the face or neck, the scars will be as inconspicuous as possible. The results of a facelift are expected to be long-lasting, but will not completely halt the aging process. Although you may desire a secondary procedure in 5 to 10 years, your face will always look better than if you had never had a facelift performed.
If the signs of aging are becoming apparent in your face, contact our Kansas practice today. Dr. Gary Hall is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and regularly helps men and women of all ages improve their facial appearance through cosmetic surgery.
Call (913) 299-5100 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your personalized consultation with Dr. Hall. We look forward to hearing from you soon!