A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure to improve visible signs of aging in the face and neck, signs that greatly impact how we feel about ourselves and how others see us. Sagging in the midface can create hollowing below the eyes (called tear troughs) and deep creases between the nose and mouth (the nasolabial folds), making a person appear tired and sad. Fat in the face that has fallen as well as loss of muscle tone in the lower face can create jowls (lines that sag into the neck). Loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin create the dreaded "double chin" or "turkey-gobbler" neck. A facelift is designed to correct all these aging features, restoring a more youthful, rested appearance with uplifted contours and improved facial tone. Good candidates for this procedure are healthy, non-smoking men and women who feel that their outward facial appearance no longer reflects the youth and vigor they feel inside.
By consulting with Dr. Taylor patients may discover that non-surgical options, such as injectable facial-fillers, can be used to achieve that youthful look they desire just by adding volume to the face. Similarly, rejuvenation procedures such as skin-resurfacing techniques and Botox injections can be used in conjunction with a facelift for optimum results in wrinkle reduction. And if a patient is only bothered by the "double chin", perhaps liposuction alone may be the best option.
Dr. Taylor performs facelifts in fully accredited hospitals and surgical facilities under general anesthesia. The time needed for this procedure is highly individualized, but usually takes 6-8 hours. The patient's goals, anatomy and Dr. Taylor's surgical judgment are all factors in determining the best approach to the surgery. Incisions often begin in the hairline of the temples, continue around the ear and end in the lower scalp. Fat may be redistributed as the underlying tissue is repositioned. Endotines, small dissolvable implants, anchor and support the lifted tissue. Skin is redraped over the uplifted contours and excess skin is trimmed away. Another incision under the chin may be necessary to further improve an aging neck and liposuction may be utilized here as well. This procedure can also be performed endoscopically, using shorter incisions. Sutures close the incisions and dressings are applied. A bandage is gently placed around the face to minimize swelling and bruising. A thin tube is placed under the skin temporarily to drain excess blood and fluid.
Initial healing may include swelling, numbness and discomfort. Pain is controlled with prescribed oral medication and antibiotics are taken to prevent infection. An itchy scalp, particularly at incision sites, is also common. Some facial movements may be restricted or temporarily impaired.
Dr. Taylor recommends that the head is kept elevated at all times until initial swelling has subsided. Light, normal activity may be resumed in about 1 week and patients usually return to work within 2-4 weeks. Cosmetics can usually camouflage any bruising that remains. Healing will continue for several weeks as swelling resolves and incision lines fade. Sunscreen should be used until the healing process is fully complete. It may take several months for swelling to fully resolve and incision lines to mature. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will help extend the resultant youthful rejuvenated appearance.
If you desire to restore your face to its younger version without changing your unique appearance then call Dr. John Taylor to schedule your personalized consultation. You can discuss both surgical and non-surgical options to help you achieve the optimum results.