In the fight to stop aging, the battle is never ending. From saggy jowls and wrinkles, to fine lines and hollow areas, our skin shows everything. For those that want to look younger or more rejuvenated, there are options available. One of the most common procedures that people choose to undergo is the facelift.
A facelift can help with reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles, as well as sagging skin in the neck and jowls. Though facelifts have been considered controversial in the past, new technologies in the field have allowed for improvements, making the facelift a safe and easy procedure.
Before undergoing a facelift, it is important to discuss what kind of anesthesia will be used during the procedure. The two types available are local anesthesia with an IV, and general anesthesia, which puts you to sleep throughout the whole procedure.
Before making incisions, your surgeon will draw the incision lines as close to your hairline as possible to decrease the visibility of scars. The incision is made along the hairline, and then down around the hair and towards the hairline that is along the back of the head.
Depending on the desired results, fat from other parts of the face may be redistributed to achieve a younger look. After the skin has been repositioned, the skin is re-draped over the new contours of the face. Any excess skin will then be trimmed off.
For those looking to change the appearance of an aging neck, a second incision under the chin may be necessary. After the skin has been repositioned and the excess has been removed, the incisions will be closed with skin adhesives or sutures.
Recovery from a facelift will involve a bandage placed around your face. This bandage ensures less swelling and bruising after the procedure has been completed.
It may take a few months for the swelling to go down before visible improvements and final results can be seen. After a facelift, it’s important to practice smart sun protection, as well as a healthy lifestyle. These steps will ensure your facelift lasts for many years to come.
To learn more about a facelift, or to see if it could be right for you, please schedule a consultation with one of our doctors at Laurel Cosmetics!