Savannah Face Lift
A face lift is a surgical procedure that improves the most visible signs of aging by removing excess fat, tightening underlying muscles, and re-draping the skin of your face and neck. As people age, deep creases can form between the nose and mouth, the jawline can grow slack and jowly, and folds and fat deposits may appear around the neck. A face lift can be done alone, or in conjunction with other procedures such as a forehead lift, eyelid surgery, or nose reshaping.
As people age, the effects of gravity, exposure to the sun, and the stresses of daily life can be seen in their faces. Deep creases form between the nose and mouth; the jawline grows slack and jowly; folds and fat deposits appear around the neck.
A face lift (technically known as rhytidectomy) can't stop this aging process. What it can do is "set back the clock," improving the most visible signs of aging by removing excess fat, tightening underlying muscles, and re-draping the skin of your face and neck. A face lift can be done alone, or in conjunction with other procedures such as a forehead lift
, eyelid surgery
, or nose reshaping
. Or, if you're not ready for surgery but would still like some of the benefits of a face lift, you may want to consider a "liquid face lift
Another consideration to brighten your look is laser resurfacing
Cosmetic laser resurfacing, also called "laser peel," is a procedure
that smoothes the facial skin by using a laser to refinish damaged
areas of uneven pigmentation. The result is a fresher, smoother
complexion. Click here to learn more about laser resurfacing.
you're considering a face lift, this will give you a basic
understanding of the procedure when it can help, how it's performed,
and what results you can expect. It can't answer all of your questions,
since a lot depends on the individual patient and the surgeon. Please
ask your surgeon about anything you don't understand.The best candidates for a face lift
best candidate for a face lift is a man or woman whose face and neck
have begun to sag, but whose skin still has some elasticity and whose
bone structure is strong and well-defined. Most patients are in their
forties to sixties, but face lifts can be done successfully on people
in their seventies or eighties as well.
A cosmetic face lift can
make you look younger and fresher, and it may enhance your self-
confidence in the process. But it can't give you a totally different
look, nor can it restore the health and vitality of your youth. Before
you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and
discuss them with your surgeon.All surgery carries some uncertainty and risk
a face lift is performed by a qualified plastic surgeon, complications
are infrequent and usually minor. But as with any operation,
there are risks associated with surgery and specific complications
associated with this procedure. Be sure to discuss the risks and any concerns you may have with your surgeon.Planning your surgery
Lifts are very individualized procedures. In your initial consultation
the surgeon will evaluate your face, including the skin and underlying
bone, and discuss your goals for the surgery.
should check for medical conditions that could cause problems during or
after surgery, such as uncontrolled high blood pressure, blood clotting
problems, or the tendency to form excessive scars. Be sure to tell your
surgeon if you smoke or are taking any drugs or medications, especially
aspirin or other drugs that affect clotting. Be sure to mention any
supplements you take.
If you decide to have a face lift, your
surgeon will explain the techniques and anesthesia he or she will use,
the type of facility where the surgery will be performed, and the risks
and costs involved. Don't hesitate to ask your doctor any questions you
may have, especially those regarding your expectations and concerns
about the results.Preparing for your surgery
surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for face
lift surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and
taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications. Carefully
following these instructions will help your surgery go more smoothly.
If you smoke, it's especially important to stop at least 2-4 weeks
before and after surgery; smoking inhibits blood flow to the skin, and
can interfere with the healing of your incision areas.
hair is very short, you might want to let it grow out before surgery,
so that it's long enough to hide the scars while they heal.
your face lift is being done on an outpatient or inpatient basis, you
should arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery, and to
help you out for a day or two when you return home.Where your surgery will be performed
face lift may be performed in a surgeon's office-based facility, an
outpatient surgery center, or a hospital. It's usually done on an
outpatient basis, but certain conditions such as diabetes or high blood
pressure should be monitored after cosmetic surgery, and may also
require a short overnight stay.Types of anesthesia
face lifts are performed under local anesthesia, combined with a IV
sedation to make you very sleepy. You'll be very relaxed, and your face
will be insensitive to pain.
Some surgeons prefer a general anesthesia. In that case, you'll sleep through the operation.The surgery
face lift usually takes several hours-or somewhat longer if you're
having more than one procedure done. For extensive procedures, some
surgeons may schedule two separate sessions.
approaches the procedure in his or her own way. Some complete one side
of the face at a time, and others move back and forth between the
sides. The exact placement of incisions and the sequence of events
depends on your facial structure and your surgeon's technique.
usually begin above the hairline at the temples, extend in a natural
line in front of the ear (or just inside the cartilage at the front of
the ear), and continue behind the earlobe to the lower scalp. If a neck
lift is needed, a small incision may also be made under the chin.
general, the surgeon separates the skin from the fat and muscle below.
Fat may be trimmed or suctioned from around the neck and chin to
improve the contour. The surgeon then tightens the underlying muscle
and membrane, pulls the skin back, and removes the excess. Stitches
secure the layers of tissue and close the incisions; metal clips may be
used on the scalp.
After deep tissues are tightened, the excess skin is pulled up and back, trimmed and secured into place.
surgery, a small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin
behind your ear to drain any blood that might collect there. The
surgeon may also wrap your head loosely in bandages to minimize
bruising and swelling.After your surgery
usually isn't significant discomfort after surgery; if there is, it can
be lessened with the pain medication prescribed by your surgeon.
(Severe or persistent pain or a sudden swelling of your face should be
reported to your surgeon immediately.) Some numbness of the skin is
quite normal; it will disappear in a few weeks or months.
doctor may tell you to keep your head elevated and as still as possible
for a couple of days after surgery, to keep the swelling down and
reduce the risk of bleeding.
If you've had a drainage tube
inserted, it will be removed one or two days after surgery. Bandages,
when used, are usually removed after one to five days. Don't be
surprised at the pale, bruised, and puffy face you see. Just keep in
mind that in a few weeks you'll be looking more normal.
your facial stitches will be removed after about five days. Your scalp
may take longer to heal, and the stitches or metal clips in your
hairline could be left in a few days longer.
Most of the scars will be hidden within your hair and in the normal creases of your skin.Getting back to normal
should be able to move about with assistance on the evening of surgery
day, but plan on taking it easy for the first week after surgery. Be
especially gentle with your face and hair, since your skin will be both
tender and numb, and may not respond normally at first. Most patients
experience a mild depression after any operation but usually passes in
a day or two.
Your surgeon will give more specific guidelines
for gradually resuming your normal activities. They're likely to
include these suggestions: Avoid strenuous activity, including sex and
heavy housework, for at least two weeks (walking and mild stretching
are fine); avoid alcohol, steam baths, and saunas for several months.
Above all, get plenty of rest and allow your body to spend its energy
At the beginning, your face may look and feel rather
strange. Your features may be distorted from the swelling, your facial
movements may be slightly stiff and you'll probably be self-conscious
about your scars. Some bruising may persist for two or three weeks, and
you may tire easily. It's not surprising that some patients are
disappointed and depressed at first.
By the third week, you'll
look and feel much better. Most patients are back at work about ten
days to two weeks after surgery. If you need it, special camouflage
makeup can mask most bruising that remains.Your new look
chances are excellent that you'll be happy with your face
lift-especially if you realize that the results may not be immediately
apparent. Even after the swelling and bruises are gone, the hair around
your temples may be thin and your skin may feel dry and rough for
several months. Men may find they have to shave in new places-behind
the neck and ears-where areas of beard- growing skin have been
You'll have some scars from your face lift, but
they're usually hidden by your hair or in the natural creases of your
face and ears. In any case, they'll fade within time and should be
After cosmetic surgery, you'll present a fresher, more youthful face to the world.
a face lift doesn't stop the clock. Your face will continue to age with
time, and you may want to repeat the procedure one or more
times-perhaps five or ten years down the line. But in another sense,
the effects of even one face lift are lasting; years later, you'll
continue to look better than if you'd never had a face lift at all.
If you combine anti-aging medicine concepts with your surgery, the result can potentially last much longer.Costs and financing
Please contact us
for more information about the cost for this procedure. Some plastic surgery procedures are covered by health insurance
. There are also several financing options
which may make your surgery affordable.