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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:

  • Sagging in the midface
  • Nasolabial folds (creases around the nose and mouth)
  • Jowls (drooping skin in the cheeks)
  • Excess fat deposits
  • Hanging skin in the neck area

Am I a Good Candidate?

You may be a good candidate for a facelift if you:

  • Have one or more of the conditions mentioned above
  • Are in good general health
  • Do not smoke
  • Want to undergo the procedure for personal reasons and not to please others
  • Have realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure

The Consultation

During your initial consultation, we will personally meet with you to discuss your desires for this procedure so we have a thorough understanding of your goals and desires. We will also review your medical history, current medical problems, past surgeries, and medications you are taking. Dr. Young will then provide a physical examination of your face and neck. He will explain the procedure, the location of the incisions, and the results you can expect.

The Procedure

A facelift is 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. Young will remove any excess skin and fatty tissue, and he will mobilize the underlying muscle and fatty tissue to a higher position. Occasionally, he may also make another incision under the chin to tighten the muscle or remove fat in this area. After the doctor closes the incisions with sutures, he will place a compression garment to help control swelling.

It important to understand that a facelift will not improve the eye area or forehead. If these areas need rejuvenation, we may perform a blepharoplasty or brow lift in conjunction with a facelift.

Recovery

Sleep with your head elevated. You may use ice packs to diminish swelling. Apply 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off while awake. Use a cloth between the ice and your skin. Swelling is usually the worst during the first two days after surgery. Do not be surprised by the amount of bruising. Most bruising and swelling will resolve within two weeks. Do not do any strenuous activity or bending over. You may shower and wash your hair the second day with a non fragrant shampoo. You will be asked to come back to the office 4-5 days to remove sutures. Most of the bruising and swelling will be greatly improved by the second week. You are able to return to work 10 days to 2 weeks after surgery. After 1 month you will be able to resume all activities. Swelling will continue to dissipate over the next several months.

Results

Since we place 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. Levi J. Young 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. We look forward to hearing from you soon!