Facelift Frequently Asked Questions What is a facelift? A facelift or (rhytidectomy) is a surgical procedure designed to improve the most visible signs of the aging process by eliminating excess fat under the chin, tightening the muscles beneath the skin of the neck and removing sagging skin. This results in a cleaner neck and jawline, reduces jowls and the “turkey” neck. How long does a facelift last? No one can say for sure. Many patients never have a second lift, while others may desire further surgery 7 to 15 years later. Factors that increase longevity are good health and nutrition while avoiding smoking and sun exposure. How long will I be out from work? Most patients are able to return to work in two to three weeks. You should allow four to eight weeks before major social engagements. How can I hide things during the time until I return to normal activities? Your surgeon will discuss post-operative camouflage techniques with you prior to your surgery, but be assured that while almost everyone has some sort of temporary side effect such as bruising and swelling, there are makeup techniques that both men and women can use almost immediately to disguise them. What are the benefits of a facelift procedure? A facelift can help to minimize visible signs of aging and enhance self-confidence by making the patient look younger and fresher. A firmer, cleaner jaw and neck can restore your more youthful, natural appearance. Am I a good candidate for a facelift? The best candidate for a facelift is a person whose facial skin has started to sag but whose skin retains some elasticity. Additionally, a good candidate will have a strong, well- defined bone structure. It is important for patients to have a realistic expectation of their surgery and to understand the risks and benefits of a facelift. For those patients with weaker bone structure a chin implant often compliments this procedure. How much pain can I expect after a facelift? Patients experience minimal discomfort, which usually clears up within a day; however many patients do not feel much pain following surgery. If there is any pain or discomfort, the patient can be comforted with oral medication. After a facelift, are bandages applied? Yes, bandages are applied to the head and neck with the purpose of maintaining the area and keeping it stationary. The bandages are removed the day after the procedure. How long does a facelift procedure take? Again, this will depend on the individual. Typically, a facelift can be completed in less than two hours. However, the amount of work you will require will directly affect the amount of time the operation takes. How do I schedule an appointment? Go to centerforsight.net and click “schedule an appointment” or call 925-2020.
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