A facelift is a very popular cosmetic procedure that helps patients overcome a number of signs of aging. Patients can enjoy a more youthful appearance following this surgery, which usually lasts just a few hours. Recovery times vary, but most patients can expect to be back at work within a week.View transcript
Anti-aging strategies in general to the face can involve some non-invasive strategies. Botox, dermal fillers, are excellent in trying to smooth out lines and to prevent the formation of lines. A little bit more invasive strategies like chemical peels and laser resurfacing also allow for the reversal of many early signs of aging. However, when gravity has really set in and there's a lot of laxity to the tissues, surgical intervention is usually what's required to please the patient. A facelift is a very commonly performed procedure in our practice, which addresses many of the signs of aging in our face and neck. The effects of time, gravity, and sun conspire to increase skin laxity, decrease fat volume, and even shrink the size of our facial bones. These effects lead to the formation that we typically see with aging, which include jowls, sagging of the cheeks, deepening of the nasal-labial folds, or smile lines, and the formation of the platysmal bands in the neck. Once these features become established, minimally invasive treatments like fillers and skin resurfacing techniques with peels or lasers are usually inadequate in reversing these signs of age. A facelift incision can be designed that it can be naturally hidden in the crease in front of the ear and continued behind the ear. In our practice, I perform facelift procedures which involve both the skin and muscle being repositioned and tightened. We believe the combined skin and muscle facelift techniques last longer. Facelift procedures are performed under general anesthesia at our surgery center or at a hospital. These procedures typically take three hours to perform. Other procedures that are often added include a brow lift or eyelid surgery to rejuvenate the eyes. Most people are able to wear makeup in five days and can be back at a desk job in one week. Remember, however, full recovery takes up to several weeks with scars continuing to mature over several months, even into the first year. With a Tarrant Plastic Surgery facelift, roll back the years on the look of your face.