Wrinkles, the result of aging, gravity, sun damage, weight fluctuation and stress, can be reduced with a facelift. Although a facelift can’t stop the aging process, it can produce a more youthful and relaxed appearance. A face lift may also be combined with other procedures such as forehead lift, eyelid surgery or nose reshaping to achieve your aesthetic needs.
A face lift surgery typically takes several hours to perform. Traditionally, incisions start above the hair line in the temples, and extend downward in the natural line in front of the ear. The incision continues around the earlobe and behind the ear, and then back into the hair line behind the ear. Sometimes, a small incision is made under the chin if the neck needs additional tightening. The surgeon lifts and tightens the skin, while also tightening deeper tissue and removing/repositioning fat. The wound is then sutured closed. Small drainage tubes are left under the skin for a day, to drain any blood or fluid that collects. The head is loosely wrapped in bandages to minimize bruising and swelling.
Within a few weeks, most patients are enjoying their new, refreshed appearance. Scars are well hidden after facelift; though they may be red at first, they will fade with time and become difficult to see in most cases.