Our faces are how we present ourselves to the world. In addition to showing our history, and our age can also be revealed. Gravity, sun exposure, facial expressions, genetics, and emotions can all play a role in how our faces age. While we may be proud of our stories, we may not want the world to know our age. A facelift can provide you with the opportunity to improve the signs of aging that can occur on your face. Let us help you regain your confidence.
What is a Facelift?
A facelift, clinically known as rhytidectomy, is a procedure designed to correct the visible signs of aging that can appear on the face over time. This procedure involves removing excess skin and repositioning the underlying muscles and tissue to create a more youthful, contoured appearance. Facelifts are popular among both men and women of different ages and backgrounds.
There are a few different types of facelifts, depending on your particular concerns. They can vary from addressing mild sagging, like the mini facelift, to more involved procedures that correct midface issues, and, of course, the full facelift procedure. It is recommended to speak with Dr. Bajaj to find out which particular facelift technique would be best for your specific concerns.
Rhytidectomy is known as the ‘gold standard’ for facial rejuvenation and is performed on thousands of people across the world. It can provide dramatic, yet natural-looking results. Those who are interested in a facelift are encouraged to come in for a consultation and see if it would be an ideal procedure for them.
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Benefits of Facelift Surgery
A facelift provides a multitude of benefits for each and every patient, male or female. Those who have chosen to undergo this procedure performed by Dr. Bajaj have been extremely pleased with the outcome of the surgery and the positive impact it has had on their quality of life. Some of the main benefits are as listed below:
- Smoothed, even skin on the face and upper neck
- Recontoured facial features
- A younger appearance
- Look more rested
- Results that last for many years
- Improved confidence and self-image
Who is a Good Candidate?
Good candidates for a facelift are healthy women and men who wish to define their neckline, facial features, and tighten loose facial skin. A facelift will primarily address the contour of the mid and lower face. Patients who are concerned about the appearance of their eyes and forehead may wish to consider a blepharoplasty and/or brow lift.
To find out if you are a candidate for a facelift or another facial rejuvenation procedure, please contact our office today to set up a consultation with Dr. Bajaj!
During your consultation, Dr. Bajaj will discuss your goals and expectations with you. She will also review your medical history, medications you are currently taking, and health issues that you may have. She will also perform a physical examination to determine whether a facelift will benefit you after considering your goals. Alternative procedures or treatments may be recommended if she does not think a facelift will achieve your goals and objectives.
If you are a good candidate for surgery, Dr. Bajaj will determine which technique will provide you with your desired results. Since a facelift is such a versatile procedure and no two faces are alike, she will develop a customized plan for you.
All patients who undergo a facelift will be asked to follow a list of instructions prior to surgery. Dr. Bajaj asks those who smoke to refrain from doing so for 4 weeks before the procedure (and continue to refrain from active nicotine and tobacco exposure for 6 weeks postoperatively), maintain a healthy diet, and get plenty of sleep the night before the surgery. She will also ask you to fill and pick up all prescriptions prior to surgery. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia – meaning that you are asleep for the procedure. For your safety and comfort, you will need someone who can drive you home and spend that first night with you after surgery.
Prior to surgery, you will need to wash your hair thoroughly to prevent any infections. (If you color your hair, you may wish to do this prior to surgery since it will be 6 weeks after your surgery before you will be able to color it again). These, as well as any other specific instructions Dr. Bajaj provides you with, will help to ensure safety and well-being during and after surgery.
How is a Facelift Performed?
For your facelift, you will be given the appropriate anesthesia by an anesthesiologist to keep you comfortable throughout your procedure.
A standard facelift usually involves incisions which begin above your ear, extend in front of your ear, and then behind your ear. Dr. Bajaj uses these incisions to remove and redrape the excess skin from your face and neck. The underlying muscle layer is adjusted and lifted. The incisions will be closed with sutures – some of which will need to be removed and some of which will dissolve. You may also have one or two drains which will be removed when you see Dr. Bajaj on the day or two following surgery. Once the procedure is complete, you will be taken to the recovery room to be monitored by our highly knowledgeable medical staff until you are then released to go home.
Occasionally, individuals will not require a facelift, but rather some excision and tightening of the neck alone. A neck lift typically requires an incision behind the ears and underneath the chin.
A brow lift is performed on patients with drooping forehead skin or deep forehead creases, two concerns which are not addressed with a standard facelift. Brow lift incisions are made either along the hairline or eyebrows to effectively reposition tissue and remove lax skin. A facelift and brow lift performed together addresses the entire face.
Dr. Bajaj and her medical staff will continue to monitor you after your facelift surgery. You will have a bandage wrapped around your face and, sometimes, two small drains which will collect any accumulated fluid. The maintenance of these will be discussed and reviewed before leaving our surgical center. Most patients find that they are in less pain than they expected after a facelift surgery; however, you’ll be prescribed pain medications, as needed, to control any discomfort you may have.
You will also be instructed to use ice packs intermittently to help control swelling, keep your head elevated, and refrain from heavy lifting or strenuous activity. Sun exposure and cigarettes should be avoided to help the healing, as with any plastic surgery treatment.
Dr. Bajaj will remove most of the sutures within a week of surgery, and some patients will experience mild swelling and bruising the first few weeks after surgery. You’ll be given instructions on how to care for your dressings and incisions to help the healing process. Once dressings are removed, may have some discoloration. Usually bruising resolves within 2 weeks of your facelift surgery, but it may take several months for all of the swelling to resolve.
Scars will be hidden within the hairline and the natural contour of the face. They will start to fade after a few months and will continue to fade over time.
Generally, patients who have had a facelift will find that they look more refreshed, younger, and feel more confident. Facelift procedures have helped improve the overall quality of life for many.