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As we age, the effects of decades of gravity and sun exposure can cause the skin over our face to slacken. This creased, “jowled” appearance is often pointed to as a sign of aging. A facelift is designed to give patients a more youthful and healthy looking face that does not readily show the signs of exposure, which we associate with aging.
Known as a rhytidectomy in the medical community, a facelift literally lifts the skin of the face away from the underlying tissue. A surgeon can then reduce the appearance of tissue, such as fat deposits, to contour a more natural facial appearance. The skin is then reattached to the muscles underlying the face, and any excess skin is removed.
Heavy wrinkles and folds, such as pronounced jaw creases, are also removed. Typically, facelifts will not correct forehead wrinkles, excessively loose skin on the neck, or bags under the eyes to any degree. However, procedures to correct these features can often be combined with a facelift.
Facelifts can be performed under either a local or general anaesthetic, depending on the specific work that the surgeon feels needs to be done and how to reduce patient discomfort. While most patients report very little discomfort following a facelift procedure, it may take more than a week for most of the swelling of the face to recede.
Incisions (and subsequent stitches) are made behind the hairline so as not to be noticeable after surgery. Bruising of the face is usually minor but can be extensive in some patients. You should be prepared to be off work for up to 2 weeks after surgery to recover from the visible signs of the procedure.
Patients should avoid smoking for about 6 weeks before and after the procedure to ensure proper healing. After the procedure, the face may be numb, so it is important to be especially gentle to avoid harming the delicate skin on the face.
Any modifications to your face are extremely personal. Therefore, it is important to thoroughly discuss the procedure with Dr. Ziesmann so that both he and you are aware of your goals and expectations.
There are many nerves, muscles, and blood vessels in the face. Additionally, most patients desire quick healing for such a visible procedure. For these reasons, Dr. Ziesmann may ask patients to avoid certain activities, vitamins, or dietary supplements before and after the surgery.
* Results May Vary