What Is a Facelift?
The areas of the face that can be improved
A facelift does not improve the look of the upper half of the face, which includes the brow, eyelids, and nose. For patients who look to improve these issues, our practice suggests they consider a brow lift, eyelid surgery, or dermal fillers. A Facelift can help improve:
- Mid-Face Sagging
- Nasolabial Folds
- Sagging Fat
- Loose Skin and Fat
Facelifts reduce the typical signs of aging. Unfortunately, these signs will reappear over time
Candidates For a Rhytidectomy
The technical term for a facelift is rhytidectomy, derived from rhytid, the Greek word for wrinkle, and the suffix-ectomy, which means “the removal of”. This procedure has evolved to minimize downtime and discomfort, frequently having the patient back to their lifestyle in 10-14 days.
The term facelift is often incorrectly used to describe total facial rejuvenation which is achieved by eyelid surgery, brow lift, facelift and often, laser or chemical peel. We divide the facelift into three parts: cheek, temporal and forehead components. Some patients require a full forehead lift during a facelift while others do not. We decide the extent of the procedure at the time of the consultation.
Facelift Before and After
How Long Do The Results of Facelift Surgery Last?
Despite what many people believe, the results of a facelift are not permanent. Often times, patients will return for another procedure in five to ten years after their initial surgery. However, the effects are in permanent in the sense that the face continues to look better years later than if a facelift had not been performed.
What Is a Secondary Facelift?
Although the plastic surgeon attempts to “turn back the clock” with a facelift, the aging process relentlessly persists. Patients with excessive skin laxity (sagging and “looseness) should expect a moderate degree of skin rebound. When aging or skin rebound causes some of the sagging to reappear, we may perform a secondary facelift or tuck-up. In some patients, we can perform this as soon as six to twelve months after the initial facelift. Often, the secondary facelift best achieves the desired lasting effect.
Because of these limitations, we may recommend a highly effective second mini-lift when the signs of aging begin to reappear. This secondary tuck-up produces exceptional results and is longer lasting. In addition, this secondary surgical procedure is significantly “less extensive and less expensive”. The old incisions and scars are reused and generally heal quite well.
Patients who undergo a facelift at a young age may choose to continue on a maintenance program of tuck-up procedures. This allows him or her to remain as young-looking as possible for the remainder of their life. You should understand that undergoing a facelift does not necessitate undergoing subsequent surgery-the effects of just one procedure are everlasting, with subsequent surgery being optional in most cases.
Preparing for Your rhytidectomy
Prior to arriving at the surgical location, we prescribe patients special medications and instructions to follow. Twilight anesthesia is most commonly used during the procedure.
We do not shave any hair in preparation for the facelift surgery. We make incisions in front of and behind the ear. The tiny resulting scars blend into the natural creases and are camouflaged in the scalp. Occasionally, there may be temporary hair thinning along the incision lines. This usually resolves itself within six months. The hairline is be pulled slightly upward if a brow or forehead lift is necessary. We can make the incision along the frontal hairline for patients with high foreheads. It can also actually lower the existing hairline.
The recovery you can expect
A facelift is not painful. After the operation, we apply a facial wrap is to help prevent swelling and bruising. We remove the wrap the morning following the procedure. Minimal swelling and bruising may appear around the ears and sometimes in the neck. Swelling and bruising may appear around the ears and sometimes in the neck. Swelling and bruising peaks two to three days following the surgery and typically subsides in one to two weeks. We recommend that patients be out of bed after four hours and keep the head of the bed elevated for the first week or two. We remove clips in the hairline or sutures around the ear one week after surgery.
When Can I Return To My Normal Activities After Facelift Surgery?
Most patients are able to shower the day after surgery and resume other activities the following day. Makeup usually may then be applied after the hairline clips and sutures are removed. At this point, driving may safely be resumed and the patient may return to work.
Schedule a Consultation
Are you starting to notice facial sagging? A Facelift is a perfect solution to this inevitable evidence of aging. Contact us today to schedule a consultation by calling (732) 914-2233 for our Toms River office or (732) 449-2099 for our Manasquan office. We serve Monmouth County, Ocean County, and surrounding areas in New Jersey.