The face is usually the first part of the body to show signs of aging. Gravity and a loss of volume cause skin to sag and wrinkles to form. While there is no way to prevent aging, a face and neck lift procedure can smooth the skin, tighten tissues and muscle, and remove excess skin and fat. This helps patients look and feel younger. The best candidates for a Face Lift surgery range from age 40 to 75. They display signs of facial aging, but their skin maintains some elasticity. Older patients in good health with reasonable skin quality may be candidates as well.
What is a Face Lift?
A Face Lift is a surgical procedure that sculpts and repositions fat, tissues and muscles from the face, jowls and neck. The aim of a facelift is to improve problem areas such as sagging skin, creases below the eyelids and along the nose and mouth, and loose skin and fatty deposits. This procedure may be performed with other procedures (facial implants, soft tissue fat augmentation or injectable fillers to reduce wrinkles), either at the same time or soon afterwards, to enhance the results of a younger looking appearance.
What to do before your procedure:
In your initial consultation with Dr. Gardner, you will discuss your medical history and receive a physical exam. You should be healthy and have realistic goals for your procedure. Your surgeon will make recommendations based on your expectations and overall health. In some cases, a more minor procedure may be enough to satisfy your goals.
What to expect from the procedure:
During the procedure, anesthesia is administered and incisions are made, allowing Dr. Gardner to sculpt and reposition fat, tissues and muscle from the face, jowls and neck. Skin is then draped over the contours of the face and closed using sutures or adhesives.
Recovery from a facelift is generally very well tolerated. You will be prescribed medications to control discomfort or nausea and to prevent infection. During the first week you will wear a compressive garment or dressing to maintain support for the surgically corrected tissues. You will sleep with your head elevated and will avoid any strenuous activity or heavy lifting for 1-2 weeks. Recovery time may be shorter for more limited procedures. When your dressings are removed, there will be some swelling and bruising. The swelling and bruising generally resolves gradually over for 1-2 weeks and may occasionally last longer in more severe cases. A tissue glue will be used during your surgery to minimize bruising and eliminate the need for any drains.
What are the risks?
Face Lift is a common and safe procedure, but there are risks inherent with any surgery. In the case of a face lift, the potential complications include infection, bleeding or hematoma, discomfort, bruising, swelling, numbness, asymmetry, facial weakness, mild hair loss at the incision sites, and skin contour irregularities. Dr. Gardner, an experienced surgeon, can help minimize and manage, but not completely eliminate, the possibility of each of these potential issues.
Call Gardner Facial Plastic Surgery at (435) 628-1704 for more information or to schedule an appointment.