When you look in the mirror, you want to see a face that reflects how you feel and see yourself. Aging, genetics, lifestyle, and environmental factors can interfere with the real you shining through. Facelift surgery, performed by your trusted Cincinnati plastic surgeon, Dr. Donna Krummen, can bring your inner beauty to the forefront.
What is a Facelift?
Facelift, or rhytidectomy, surgically rejuvenates the face by repositioning mid-facial tissue over bony structures. This procedure addresses many of the common complaints that men and women face due to aging, including:
- Jowls, or sagging along the jawline.
- An overall appearance of sagging from the cheeks to the neck.
- Deep lines and creases around the nose and mouth.
- Loose skin beneath the chin, resulting in a double-chin appearance.
A facelift is a restorative procedure for facial rejuvenation. You still look like you; there are no changes to the fundamental appearance of your face.
Who is an ideal candidate for a facelift?
One of the most significant factors in successful cosmetic surgery is having realistic expectations. Facelift surgery is the gold-standard of facial rejuvenation due to the degree of lift that can be achieved with this technique versus non-surgical treatments. In addition to having a positive outlook on general appearance prior to surgery, ideal candidates are non-smokers who are in good health.
What is the procedure like for a facelift?
After the administration of anesthesia for a comfortable procedure, incisions are made at the appropriate location near the ears or hairline. The location of incisions is determined based on the inclusion of adjunct procedures such as a neck lift, and the degree of tightening that is desired. Through incisions, underlying tissue, including fat and muscle, is draped over bony contours. Excess skin is trimmed to reduce sagging and wrinkling. Once Dr. Krummen is satisfied with the position of facial tissue, incisions will be closed with discrete sutures. As incisions heal, any scarring is well-hidden within the hairline.
What other procedures can be combined with a facelift?
Facelift surgery targets tissue from the midface to the jawline. By re-draping mid-facial muscle and connective tissue higher and tauter across the cheekbones, a facelift can reduce or eliminate the appearance of jowls. Excessive sagging and wrinkling on the neck may be corrected by adding a neck lift to the facelift procedure. An eyelid lift, brow lift, and/or forehead lift may also be performed simultaneous to facelift surgery.
What is a Neck Lift?
When the neck area doesn’t match the upper facial appearance, a neck lift may be a good solution. Excess wrinkling of the neck skin causes a “turkey neck” or double chin, and jowl lines to become more prominent. A lower rhytidectomy, or neck lift, is a surgical procedure to remove the excess skin and fat causing the relaxation in the lower face as well as the loose skin in the neck. Don’t let your neck be the giveaway of your age, or even add years to your appearance. At your consultation Dr. Krummen will address your personal goals, your health history, as well as everything you can expect during surgery and recovery afterwards.
What can I expect during the recovery process after a facelift?
Patients who undergo outpatient facelift surgery are monitored in the surgical center for a short time as anesthesia wears off. The remainder of recovery takes place in the comfort of home. Patients can expect swelling and bruising to diminish gradually over about a 14-day period. However, swelling typically subsides continually over several months. As this occurs, the sensation of tightness that is noticeable after facelift surgery decreases, and the texture of the skin returns to a more normal state.
Soreness is a common sensation during the first week or two after facelift surgery. Most patients do not complain of substantial pain. However, Dr. Krummen may prescribe pain medication to the patient prior to surgery to ensure a comfortable recovery.
How soon after surgery can I resume normal activities?
Many normal activities, such as showering and casual walking, can be resumed within 2 to 3 days following facelift surgery. Due to swelling and bruising, a patient may not wish to present him or herself at work or in public for a few weeks. As social and professional engagement return, sun protection is a vital aspect of supporting optimal recovery. Patients can resume exercise and lifting gradually after several weeks, with more strenuous physical activity returning very slowly.
What are the Risks of facelift surgery?
Facelift surgery, like all surgeries, carries a risk of bleeding and infection. Antibiotics may minimize this risk. Additional, less common risks include adverse reaction to anesthesia, scarring, and hematoma.
How long will the effects of a facelift last vs. fillers?
The advantage of surgical lifting versus dermal fillers and other non-surgical treatments is longevity. Dermal fillers reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and can add volume to the mid face, for 6 months to two years. Results are dependent on genetics, lifestyle, and the product that is used to rejuvenate the face.
Are there scars that result from a facelift?
Scarring is a normal byproduct of surgical incisions. Facelift incisions are in discrete areas within the hairline in order to minimize the chances of visible scars. If Dr. Krummen also performs a neck lift, she may make incisions around the ears, which could result in minor scarring.
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Learn more about the facelift procedure. Call our Cincinnati office at 513-985-0850.