Face lift surgery is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures we perform. A face lift usually takes several hours or more. The exact placement of incisions and the sequence of events depend on your facial structure and your surgeon’s technique. Incisions usually begin above the hairline at the temples, extend in a natural line in front of the ear (or just inside the cartilage at the front of the ear), and continue behind the ear lobe to the lower scalp. If the neck needs work, a small incision may also be made under the chin.
In general, the surgeon separates the skin from the fat and muscle below. Fat may be trimmed or suctioned from around the neck and chin to improve the contour. The surgeon then tightens the underlying muscle and membrane, pulls the skin back, and removes the excess. Stitches secure the layers of tissue and close the incisions; metal clips may be used on the scalp.
You should come to the consultation prepared to discuss your medical history. This will include information about any medical conditions, drug allergies, medical treatments you have received, pregnancies, previous surgeries and medications that you currently take.
In evaluating you for face lift surgery, your plastic surgeon will assess the thickness, texture and elasticity of your skin, and the severity of wrinkles and folds. Your hairline will be examined to determine where incisions can be discreetly placed. All of these factors, as well as your bone structure and underlying tissues, will be considered in developing an individual surgical plan.
Your plastic surgeon may discuss with you additional procedures that can be performed along with a face lift in order to address all the concerns you have identified. For example, a face lift is frequently combined with a forehead lift, eyelid surgery, nose reshaping, etc. If you are overweight and you have a realistic desire to lose more than 15 pounds, you should discuss this with your surgeon.
Below are important points that you need to consider before undergoing any surgery:
1.Stop smoking well in advance of surgery. 2.Stop taking Aspirin, herbal or diet supplements and certain anti-inflammatory drugs at least 2 weeks as taking these substances can cause increased bleeding. 3.Do not eat nor drink anything at least 6 – 8 hours before surgery. 4.Use antibacterial soap and allow the soap lather to cover the skin of the surgical area for 10 minutes on the night before your surgery and in the morning of your surgery.
A face lift restores smoother, more pleasing contours to your face and neck. It can help you look as good as you feel and perhaps feel younger than you are. The results of your face lift may be dramatic or subtle, depending on how you look before surgery as well as the specific goals that you and your plastic surgeon have established. Since the healing process is gradual, you should expect to wait at least several weeks for an accurate picture of your “new look“.