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Facelift

What is a Face Lift?

As we age, the effects of gravity and sun exposure can be seen in our faces. A facelift will improve most visible signs by removing excess fat while tightening underlying muscles to give you a more youthful look.

Who is a Face Lift Candidate?

The perfect candidate is a man or woman whose face and neck have begun to sag but whose skin still has some elasticity. Their bone structure should be strong, well-defined.

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Face Lift Surgery Pre-Op and Post-Op

How do I prepare for my Face Lift?

If you want to hide scars while they heal, let your hair grow out. You should also arrange for someone else who can drive after surgery because it will be hard work getting home.

What happens during a Face Lift?

A facelift is a surgical procedure that can be done on an outpatient basis, and it takes several hours. A more extensive operation might require two separate sessions for healing purposes.
Incisions usually begin above the hairline at the temples, extend in a natural line in front of the ear (or just inside the cartilage at the front of the ear) and continue behind the earlobe to the lower scalp. If the neck needs work, a small incision may also be made under the chin.
The surgeon uses a scalpel to cut through the skin, fat and muscle below. They may remove some of this extra tissue around your neck orchin in order for it stretch better after surgery is over with. Next they tighten up these layers together. Stitches secure the layers of tissue and close the incisions. Metal clips may be used on the scalp.

What is the Face Lift Recovery Process?

Following surgery, you may need to wear a thin tube behind your ear for drainage. Your head may also be loosely bandaged so that swelling and bruising are minimized after the procedure is over with; this should only take one or two days in total. Bandages are usually removed after one to five days. Some numbness of the skin is normal; it will disappear in a few weeks or months. Your face may remain pale, bruised and puffy for several weeks. With most stitches, you can expect to have them removed after five days. Because your scalp may take longer than other people's for healing and because of this risk-factor it is often necessary to leave the clip in for a few more days. You should be up and about in a day or two, but should especially be gentle with your face and hair. Avoid alcohol, steam baths and saunas for several months.