When aging affects your face in an unflattering way, perhaps it is time for a facelift. The lines that form from nose corners to mouth corners are a common imperfection that appears with age. Your jaw line may also become less defined due to skin sagging as it loses elasticity. Deposits of fat settle in after they travel down from higher facial locations that now lack volume.
What Is a Facelift?
Facelift surgery is an effective cosmetic surgery treatment to counter the effects of aging. You may walk away feeling and looking a decade younger after a facelift. During a facelift, your facial muscles will be repositioned and tightened, and stretched skin will be corrected.
Recreating firmness in skin and muscles is not enough by itself. Care is taken to make sure that your face maintains its full range of motion in muscles, so that you will still have your own unique appearance. If too many alterations are done, your facelift will appear unnatural. Dr. Hobgood is a skilled surgeon and will give you a rested, youthful appearance.
Conventional facelifts require an incision from your hairline, in front of your ear, under that ear, and along a line that follows the hairline. Your neck can be smoothed with another incision placed under your chin.
After these incisions have been made, your skin will be separated from muscle layers and fat underneath. Undesirable skin, tissues and fat will be excised during the facelift procedure, with sutures sometimes being used to help in tightening deeper tissue layers. The remaining skin will be repositioned as desired, and the incisions are closed with staples and sutures.
The main aspect of recovery is patience. Your face could feel tender and tight when you awaken from the anesthesia after surgery. Dr. Hobgood may apply a fluffy large dressing to reduce swelling after your facelift. If this is used, it will be replaced within about one day. Drainage tubes may be placed for removal of excess blood, and to help in swelling reduction. These tubes are usually removed after several days.
You may initially experience mild or moderate discomfort following your facelift. Dr. Hobgood will prescribe painkillers, if you need them. Antibiotics will likely be prescribed to avoid infections.
You will probably be up and around after several days, and you will be able to wash your hair after the second day.
Risks and Complications
There are always some complications possible with any surgery, and facelifts are no exception. Complications from facelifts may include hematoma, which is the pooling of blood under the skin. You may experience nerve damage, which may be temporary or permanent. Other complications include adverse anesthesia reactions, post-operative bleeding, and infection. Fortunately, any complications after this type of surgery are remarkably rare.
You will probably experience swelling and numbness of the skin around the surgery site during facelift surgery recovery, and this is normal. It will subside within a period of weeks. Minor pain is to be expected as your face heals, and this is controllable with proper medication. Most patients find that the results after healing do match their expectations.
Are You a Candidate for a Facelift?
Good candidates for facelift surgery are men and women in good health who want to improve the appearance of loose skin on the neck, jowls, and sagging skin on the face.