Whether hitting the sand and surf in Virginia Beach or just taking care of daily responsibilities, you want to look and feel your best. A facelift is a surgical procedure that can help you to achieve a more youthful look. Before getting started with the process, take a few minutes to learn about the basics to help ensure that you make the best choice for you.
Facelift Surgical Options
There are different types of this surgery you might consider depending on your goals. The mini lift puts the surgical focus on the jawline. The purpose is to restore the definition in this area that diminishes due to reduced skin elasticity.
A neck lift focuses on this area and may be done alone or with a mini lift. Those with a “turkey neck” might consider this option. It tights the chin and neck area via working on the platysma muscles and skin.
A mid-face lift works on the area between the jaw and cheekbones. This helps to give the cheeks more volume and smooth the area around the mouth. Cheek contouring may also be done as part of the procedure.
A full lift is the most comprehensive and includes elements of all of the above options. Patients might also opt to have brow and eye area procedures to alleviate the signs of aging surrounding them.
The steps are generally the same no matter which lift procedure you are having done. The first step is anesthesia. You may be put to sleep completely, or you may be awake and have the area being worked on numbed to ensure comfort. Your surgeon will let you know during the consultation which anesthesia option is best for the procedure you are having done.
The next step is making the necessary incisions. For example, with a traditional life, the incision generally begins at the temples on the hairline and ends in the lower scalp after rounding the ears. If the neck is being worked on, incisions below the skin might also be needed. Your surgeon will provide information about where you can expect incisions.
During the procedure, the surgeon essentially moves the skin and may remove excess tissue. Once the work is completed, the incisions are closed. With modern techniques, the incision lines are generally concealed well, so they are not obvious and highly noticeable.
After the surgery, you are generally able to go home as long as everything went smoothly. You may be asked to return for a checkup in one to two days. Expect bandages and full instructions on how to care for your face and the incisions. You may also have temporary drains.
It is possible to have bruising and swelling for a couple of weeks. Your surgeon will schedule all necessary follow-up visits to keep an eye on your recovery and ensure everything is on track. Depending on the surgery done and its extent, it may take several weeks to fully recover and realize your final results.
Determining if You Are a Good Candidate
Ideally, you should be relatively healthy and know what the realistic expectations of surgery are. It is generally recommended that you not be a smoker since tobacco use may delay healing time. If you have medical conditions that may alter your body’s ability to heal, tell your doctor because this may play a role in your candidacy for surgery.
Your consultation generally begins with talking about your surgical goals, medical history and any allergies you might have. Your doctor will also need a list of any supplements or medications that you take.
Doctors often take pictures and measure and examine your face. This helps you to choose the surgical options that can help you to meet your goals. After this is completed, you will learn about any possible complications or risks, anesthesia options and get information about what to expect during the recovery period.
What Signs May Indicate a Need for This Procedure?
With aging comes various changes to the face and neck. The following may indicate that a facelift could be beneficial:
• Sagging face or neck
• Fallen fat or facial volume loss
• Deep creases below the eyes and along the nose, or hollow eye sockets
Which Other Procedures Might be Done at the Same Time?
There are a few different procedures that can be done with this one to allow for further rejuvenation. A brow lift and eyelid surgery may help to make these areas look more taut and youthful. Some patients also opt for fillers or fat transfer for additional contouring. Other options include skin treatments, such as dermabrasion, laser, IPL or peels to enhance skin texture, or additional enhancement procedures, such as lip augmentation, facial implants or facial liposuction.
What Can This Surgery Not Do?
This procedure is not able to completely stop the aging process. It also does not alter your fundamental appearance.
Will My Face Look Stretched?
With modern cosmetic surgery techniques, that stretched mannequin look is a thing of the past. There is a greater focus on restoring lost volume and tightening underlying muscles, making the final result one that is more natural and relaxed.
How Long do the Results Last?
This is dependent on multiple factors, such as your age when you have the surgery, sun damage, skin tone and similar factors. For example, those with darker skin that is otherwise healthy usually enjoy longer results than those with fair skin with significant sun damage. Your surgeon will discuss all of this with you prior to surgery so that you have realistic expectations.