Facelift Procedure Guidance

A facelift, or rhytidectomy, lifts and firms sagging tissues in the face and neck, improving the visible signs of aging. Facial aging can stem from a variety of factors, including sun damage, smoking, thinning of the skin, lack of facial fat, as well as heredity and stress. Skin begins to lose elasticity and facial tissue loses volume as we age, causing "jowls" in the lower face and neck. By removing the excess facial skin, facelifts can restore a patient's face to a more natural youthful appearance. If you are bothered by any of these factors, a facelift may be a solution.

Am I Still Applicable for a Face Lift if I Have Moderate to Severe Acne?

The answer to this question is yes, but to achieve your best appearance, other facial treatments may need to be performed prior to the facelift. A facelift tightens the skin but does not directly address surface irregularities of the skin. Dermabrasion, fat augmentation, laser abrasion or the use of dermal fillers can help soften the look of acne scars. Ultimately, if there is a combination of loose skin and acne scarring, a facelift will address the laxity and other procedures would be required to treat the surface problems.

Is There a Less Invasive or Non-surgical Technique That Could Fulfill My Desires for My Appearance?

There are many skin rejuvenation methods but which one you choose depends on what your specific concerns are. Non-surgical facelift options typically help with these common problems: replenishing lost volume, tightening deeper tissue, and resurfacing the superficial skin. Noninvasive procedures designed to address loose skin are less effective than a facelift but the downtime is less.

What Kind of Complications May Occur During or After Facelift Surgery?

With any surgery, the chances of having complications will always be a factor to consider. There are, however, a few unique complications that may occur from undergoing a facelift procedure. After surgery, you can expect bruising, swelling, and mild to moderate pain. Some of the most common facelift surgery complications are hematoma, bleeding, and reaction to the anesthesia. These complications are inherent in any surgical operation. Risks specific to facelift surgery include facial nerve injury and numbness or tingling around the incision. These nerve related complications usually resolve on its own. Rare complications such as skin or hair loss and skin discoloration can continue for a few months after surgery.

How Long Does Facelift Recovery Take?

Facelift surgery recovery time typically varies by each patient and the extent of their surgery. After surgery, you will receive a detailed list of instructions about your post-surgical care. Following these instructions may decrease your recovery time and also promote proper healing. Most people recover from surgery after 10-14 days, however, this time can be longer if proper care is not followed. You should choose someone to be your caregiver during this time so you can relax and allow your body to begin healing before resuming normal activities.

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