Facelift, also called rhytidectomy, is a facial plastic surgery procedure that tightens the skin and tissue of the neck and cheeks to correct sagging and wrinkles.
Considering a Facelift
Facelift may be appropriate for you if you:
- Experience sagging in the cheek and neck area
- Retain some elasticity in your skin
- Have a strong, well-defined bone structure
Most patients who choose a facelift are in their forties to sixties, but patients into their eighties can enjoy the benefits of facelift. Patients with smaller bones will see the signs of aging earlier than those with a stronger bone structure. Variations in weight gain and loss can also age a patient faster than others and create the need for a facelift at an earlier age.
While a facelift addresses cheek and neck problem areas, it cannot correct wrinkles and sagging around your eyes or forehead. You may choose additional procedures, such as an eyelid lift or forehead lift to fully rejuvenate your facial appearance.
Preparing for Facelift
In consultation with Dr. Garcia, you will discuss the benefits, the risks, and the recovery time required for a facelift. You will go into the procedure knowing you have made a fully informed decision about reversing the signs of aging in your face.
Dr. Garcia will provide detailed guidelines about preparing for your surgery, such as recommending which supplements to take or avoid prior to surgery. You should plan on quitting smoking at least two weeks before and after surgery to ensure that your body heals normally.
A facelift will dramatically change your appearance. You may want to change your hairstyle or color immediately before your procedure so that when people notice your new youthful look, they won’t immediately attribute your youthful glow to the facelift. In fact, many of the compliments you get after a facelift will be directed toward how thin, rested, or more energetic you seem. Dr. Garcia strives to leave you looking naturally youthful, not artificially pulled.
Knowing the Risks
Any surgical procedure carries risks. Facelift is no different. Although Dr. Garcia is a board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience, complications can occur. Risks associated with facelift include a collection of blood underneath the skin that must be surgically removed, temporary nerve damage, and rare instances of infection.
Understanding the Procedure
The exact location of incisions made during your facelift will depend on your facial structure. For the face, incisions are made along the hairline, and for the neck, Dr. Garcia makes a small incision under the chin to tighten neck muscles and remove fat deposits with liposuction.
After Dr. Garcia makes the incisions, the skin is separated from the layers of muscle and fat. Fat is trimmed or suctioned away, the muscles are tightened, cheek fat is repositioned into a more youthful location, and the skin is then redraped. Excess skin is trimmed away, and the incisions are stitched closed.
In some cases, metal clips are used on the scalp. After surgery, a small, thin tube may be placed behind the ear to drain any excess blood. To minimize bruising and swelling, your head may be loosely wrapped in bandages.
Typically, a facelift takes several hours and will take longer if you have chosen additional procedures. After the first 10-12 days, minimal activity is allowed, and at 4-6 weeks, you can usually return to your normal routine.
During the three weeks after your facelift, you will visit our office 2-3 times per week for ultrasound massages on your face and neck to speed healing and resolve minimal bruising. The skin of your face will remain somewhat numb for a number of weeks after your facelift, but will eventually return to normal.
Are you ready to reclaim your more youthful appearance? Call Julio Garcia, MD, Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Clinic today at (702) 470-0547 to schedule your facelift consultation. We welcome patients from Las Vegas, across the country, and around the globe.