Has your face fallen flat? If you have sagging skin, wrinkles, creases and folds, you may want to consider a facelift. A full facelift is a powerful fix. It’s the ideal way to take years off your face and rejuvenate your appearance. The results can last years versus months for most non-surgical alternatives.
A facelift is a surgical procedure that is done to address signs of aging, such as sagging in the cheeks, jowls, and crepey neck skin. The procedure can be done with IV sedation or general anesthesia, and is usually performed on an outpatient basis. Facelift surgery can take 3-4 hours, depending on the extent and type of lift.
During the consultation your surgeon will carry out a thorough examination of your skin issues and discuss your concerns, to determine if you need a mini-facelift or a full facelift.
Mini or Full Facelift?
A mini-facelift focuses on the lower half of the face in the area of the cheeks and jowls, while a full facelift includes other areas. However, there are several variations to a facelift, so different techniques are used to perform the procedure.
Incisions are normally made in front of and behind the ears. During the procedure, the surgeon will lift and tighten the underlying muscles, as well as eliminate any excess fat and skin.
Recovery after a facelift generally takes 2-4 weeks. You can expect some swelling, bruising, and numbness during this time. Most patients require at least 1 week off from work, but this will depend on how much the swelling has subsided. Patients should follow the post-op instructions from their surgeon in order to ensure the best outcome possible.
How long do the results last?
The longevity of the results of a facelift varies. It depends on your skin type, skin quality, your age, and of course, the skill and training of your surgeon.
If you have healthy skin, then it’s likely that the results of your facelift will last longer than someone with damaged skin. In addition, results tend to last longer for patients under the age of 60.
A full-facelift includes the face and neck, with results lasting anywhere from 5-10 years. It is a very invasive procedure with a long downtime, so the results are typically long-lasting. The result of a mini-facelift can also last for the same period.
Picking Your Surgeon
If you want your facelift to last for a long time, you also have to take care of your skin with a good at-home skin care program as well as regular professional treatments. It’s also advisable to adopt a healthy lifestyle, since eating well and staying hydrated is key to having healthy skin.
Patients contemplating facelift surgery should always choose a board-certified plastic surgeon. They go through specialized training and understand the anatomy of facial layers and nerves. They are equipped with competent techniques to give you the best possible results and have the skill and expertise needed to ensure that your facelift lasts for several years. The incidences of risks are also greatly reduced with a skilled surgeon.