Facelift Surgery

Facelift Surgery Toms River NJ | Fostermd

What Is a Facelift?

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.

People often incorrectly use the term facelift 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. Serving patients from Monmouth County, Ocean County, and surrounding areas, Dr. Foster welcomes patients to schedule a consultation at our Toms River or Manasquan locations.


Who Is a Good Candidate for a Facelift?

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.


What Can a Facelift Treat?

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, Dr. Foster suggests they consider a brow lift, eyelid surgery, or dermal fillers.

  • Mid-Face Sagging
  • Jowls
  • Nasolabial Folds
  • Sagging Fat
  • Loose Skin and Fat

Facelifts reduce the typical signs of aging. Unfortunately, these signs will reappear over time



What Is a Secondary Facelift?

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.


Facial Tuck-Up

Although the plastic surgeon attempts to “turn back the clock” with a facelift, the aging process relentlessly persists. An individual’s first facelift results in the most dramatic improvement. A patient’s first facelift is limited by the amount of tension and skin stretching that is safely achievable.

Because of these limitations, we may recommend a highly effective second minilift 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 Facelift Surgery

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 prepartion 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.


How Long Does a Facelift 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.


Facelift Surgery Recovery

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 maintain the head of the bed elevated for the first week or two. Most patients are able to shower the day after surgery, and resume other activities the following day. We remove clips in the hairline or sutures around the ear one week after surgery. Makeup usually may then be applied, 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 the 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.

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