A Rhytidectomy, also known as a Facelift, is a surgical procedure that reshapes the lower half of the face and tightens the skin on the neck. Some areas that can be addressed by having a face lift are the loss of elasticity in the skin, the lack of muscle tone in the face and jowls, and deep creases around the mouth. A slimmer jaw line and more youthful appearance can be achieved by picking up and removing the hanging or excess facial skin, creating a better overall profile. There are many variations of this procedure which are customized to each individual.
Incisions are strategically placed in front and around the back of the ear. The surgeon then lifts the skin and gently separates it from the muscle and underlying tissues. At this time the surgeon can tighten the muscle or liposuction any excess fat away before pulling the skin upward and removing the excess. Incisions are closed with sutures and staples then the bandages are applied.
Most patients experience very little pain after the operation. There will be some amount of swelling and bruising of the face and neck. Swelling can be reduced by the use of ice compresses during the first day or two. The dressing is usually changed after one day and removed completely after two or three days. Sutures are removed 5 or 6 days after surgery. Most of the visible bruising and swelling disappear at two weeks. Patients can normally return to work and normal activities after two to three weeks.
Most patients are very happy with their results for many years after surgery. There are many factors that can contribute to the success and duration of the improvement. Skin type, heredity, ethnic background, skin elasticity and bone structure all play an important role in the long-term results of a facelift. Consult with Dr. Adler on a personalized approximation of how long results may last taking all of your personal factors into consideration in the context of your facial rejuvenation goals.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any risks involved with a Facelift?
Can I go home the same day as a Facelift?
No, you will be required to stay overnight for one evening with a provided caregiver. The doctor will conduct and examination and remove your bandages the following morning.
What anesthesia is used during a facelift?
Will I have sutures that need to be removed?
Are there restrictions after the procedure?
How long before I see the “final result”?
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The Adler Process
Plastic surgery can be a big life decision. Our team can help answer questions and aid in every step of the way. Here is an overview of our 4 step process.
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Step 1 - Schedule Consultation
When you schedule a consultation, our administrator will review the cost of the procedure with you, explain what to expect, recovery time and answer any questions you have so you fully understand the procedure. We also schedule your Meet with Dr. Adler.
Step 2 - Meet with Dr. Adler
Step 3 - Preparation and Surgery Day
A pre and post op package is prepared for you that is catered to your surgery that will have instructions for surgery prep . You will need to follow the instructions in the package prior to surgery day. On surgery day, you are greeted by a nurse and escorted to our on site surgical suite where you are made comfortable and a pre-op interview is conducted before surgery begins.