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Loss of skin elasticity is a natural part of the aging process. It can occur in skin around the body, as well as in skin around the face. Loss of elasticity can cause a sagging or drooping appearance. Of course, you should not change the look of your face due to pressure or expectations. However, if you’ve been experiencing continued loss of self-esteem due to sagging skin in the face and neck, this procedure offers an effective and long lasting solution.

What Is a Face Lift?

A face lift, or a rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that can lift and tighten the skin to reduce sagging or rough appearance of the facial skin, giving a more bright and youthful appearance. This procedure involves the removal of extra skin and the tightening of facial tissue to achieve the desired look. This procedure doesn’t address wrinkles or sun damage–rather, it changes the structure of the skin. 

Who Is a Candidate for a Face Lift?

Ideal candidates for a face lift are people who have been experiencing discomfort or embarrassment over the appearance of their face. This procedure can be performed on adults of any age, particularly older adults. Ideal candidates should be non-smokers, as smoking can increase the risk of complications before and after surgery. Candidates should be relatively healthy. During your consultation, our team will discuss your medical history with you to make sure that you don’t have underlying conditions that could cause complications. You should also be ready to talk about your goals and expectations with us. In collaboration with you, we’ll figure out if a face lift is the right step for you to achieve your goals. 

What to Expect During a Face Lift Procedure

Our team will let you know if you need to temporarily stop taking certain medications before the surgery. You should avoid anti-inflammatory drugs. We will walk through any risks with you before the procedure, during your consultation. You should make plans for someone to transport you to and from the surgery and to stay with you during your first night of recovery. You’ll likely be asked to stop eating for a period of time leading up to the surgery. 

You’ll either receive local or general anesthesia, depending on your needs and anatomy, to make sure that you’re comfortable during the procedure. Different incisions might be made depending on anatomy and your desired outcome. Commonly, we’ll make an incision that starts at the temples and circumvents the front of the ears, ending at the lower scalp in the area behind your ears. In the case of neck lifts, another incision might be made below your chin. The skin will be pulled back so we can access fat and tissue in the face, which can be removed or moved around to create a more sculpted appearance. After the new contour is made, the facial skin will be set back into place. Excess skin will be taken off and we’ll close your incisions. This procedure usually takes 3-6 hours to complete.

Face Lift Aftercare

Some pain, bruising, and/or swelling are not uncommon after this procedure. You might be given pain medication and antibiotics to reduce any discomfort and make sure infection doesn’t occur. You’ll need to wear bandages, and you’ll likely be administered small tubes that will drain any fluid, preventing buildup. Make sure to take it easy for the first several days after the procedure. Keep your head elevated and use ice packs to manage pain or swelling. Our team will go over specific instructions with you about how to care for yourself at home.

Schedule a Consultation

At Modern Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, we are driven by a common goal: your confidence. We are proud to offer a range of procedures that are used to deliver top-notch care. In collaboration with you, we can help you move toward your dream body. Schedule a consultation with us to learn more about the face lift procedure.

Does a facelift make you look younger?

A facelift is a surgical procedure created to reduce the visible signs of aging in the face and neck areas. By tightening the underlying muscles and eliminating excess skin, a facelift can restore a more youthful appearance. Many patients notice that after a facelift, their facial contours appear smoother and more defined, which often corresponds to a younger-looking, refreshed appearance.

How can I tighten loose skin on my face?

A facelift tightens loose skin by eliminating excess skin, tightening underlying muscles, and repositioning deeper tissues. This is accomplished through carefully placed incisions, muscle manipulation, and sutures to hold the skin in its new position.

How do I get rid of my double chins?

A facelift mainly addresses loose skin and muscle laxity in the lower face and neck but may not directly target a double chin. However, some facelift techniques can involve liposuction or muscle tightening in the neck area, which could improve the appearance of a double chin to some extent. For more targeted treatment of a double chin, procedures like liposuction or non-surgical options such as Kybella injections may be recommended along with or in place of a facelift.

How do I prepare for a facelift?

Preparing for a facelift requires thorough planning and following specific guidelines to ensure the best outcome possible. First, it's important to stop smoking several weeks before the surgery, as nicotine can impair healing. You should also avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements, which can increase bleeding. By taking these steps, you can help ensure a smoother recovery and optimize the results of your facelift procedure. Your surgeon will provide you with specific preparation instructions.

How painful is a facelift?

Post-operative facelift pain is typically manageable with prescribed pain medications. Most patients report a feeling of tightness and soreness rather than sharp pain. The level of discomfort can also depend on the scope of the surgery and the individual's healing process. As swelling and bruising reduce, discomfort generally subsides significantly. To ensure a smooth recovery, it is important to follow the post-operative care instructions provided by your surgeon.

Is a facelift permanent?

While a facelift can notably turn back the clock on your appearance, the procedure is not technically "permanent". No surgical procedure can completely halt the aging process. While results are long-lasting and can make you look several years younger, your skin will naturally continue to age after a facelift procedure.

What is a facelift called?

A facelift may also be known as a rhytidectomy.

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