Is there an age that is better than others to
have a face lift?
ages on their own time clock, good candidates can be in their early forties
up until the seventies and beyond. Some patients can be in their
fifties and still not necessarily need to have a face lift procedure
performed. There are lots of factors that go into pre-mature aging of
the skin. Face-lifts can be done in the very older patients as long as
there are no other major illnesses in the patient. Both men and women can
undergo the face lift procedure.
Who is considered a good candidate for a
face lift procedure?
Good candidates for the face lift procedure or
rhytidectomy include men and women who are in good medical condition and most
importantly are realistic in their expectations. A good candidate is one
with the appearance of a sagging face and neck skin.
How long does a face lift procedure
A routine facelift generally takes from 2-4
hours, depending on the patient and the type of rhytidectomy that is performed.
What type of anesthesia will be used for a face lift procedure?
A face lift helps to correct excess skin and
sagging tissue in the lower face and cheek areas. Results include a
smoother, firmer facial appearance. Face lifts help relocate sagging skin
and muscle caused by aging and gravity - along with removing any surplus
stretched skin. Both skin and tissue is surgically treated. Fat
deposits in the lower jaw and neck are also removed.
Where are the incisions located with a face lift procedure?
Incisions normally begin around the ear - behind
the hairline - and continue to the natural fold that is located on top of
the ear. Sometimes the incisions might stretch in-front or inside the ear
- around the ear lobe - behind the ear into the hairline. If the lower
face lift includes any work on the neck area - there can be an incision under
What is Fibrin Glue?
Fibrin glue is considered an advance in face lift
surgery as it can reduce the post operative bruising and swelling associated
with this procedure. Fibrin glue also allows the surgeon not the need to
use drains after surgery - which help eliminate the chance of a hematoma
Fibrin glue is a human derived plasma product
tested extensively for HIV and hepatitis and is used frequently in cardiac and
neurosurgery. With the procedure of a face lift, the Fibrin Glue is
sprayed on all the raw surfaces to seal off most blood vessels and lymphatic
channels not visible to the naked eye.
What are the different types of Face Lifts that are available?
There are many different types of face lifts -
depending on the patient's own needs.
Mini lifts do not last as long as a full face
lift procedure because mini lifts deal with the skin only. Because of this
factor, these lifts will relax a bit sooner than the full face lift which is a
multiple layer lift. A mini lift should last anywhere from three to
five years versus a full face lift, which is seven to ten years.
defined is: Submuscular Aponeurotic System - which is a layer of
tissue that covers the deeper structures of the cheek area.
This is also associated to the superficial muscle which covers the
lower portion of the face and neck region, called the platysma.
The jowl area is lifted along with the neck pulled tight - as well
as the cheeks appear more prominent.
pain is associated with face lift surgery?
the first five days you will be swollen and uncomfortable, however;
your plastic surgeon will give you pain medication to control any
discomfort. Pain and bruising can be evident for the first two
weeks. If your surgeon has used drains with your rhytidectomy
- these are normally removed within the first two days. Most
patients are fine within two to three weeks following surgery,
however; you might have some residual swelling for several weeks
following the procedure.
How long will
the face lift or rhytidectomy last?
results of facelift surgery are long-lasting and can last
anywhere from seven to ten years. The natural aging process
however; is not stopped, so having sagging tissues years on down the
road after your surgery is likely.
Is it possible
to get natural results without that wind tunnel look?
The newer methods of performing a
rhytidectomy should show absolutely no surgical signs. The
days of the wind tunnel look are long gone and most plastic surgeons
focus on making the patient look more youthful and rested without
creating a face that is too tight.
What kind of
surgical dressing will I have after a face lift?
dressing is worn around the chin, and sides of the face overnight or
a compression bandage. Some surgeons like to use surgical drains
after a face lift procedure to reduce the amount of fluid.
Your own surgeon will have his or her preference with how you will
be bandaged after surgery. This is gone over in detail during
When can the
patient return to work after a face lift procedure?
patients return to work about ten days to two weeks after surgery.
How soon will I be
able to exercise after face lift surgery?
exercise such as walking, can be resumed in one week. For more
strenuous exercise most surgeons like you to wait anywhere from two
to six weeks after your procedure.