Are Your Facial Wrinkles Becoming Too Severe?
Aging can be harsh on your appearance. Over time, you start noticing fresh new lines around your lips, near the corners of your eyes, on your forehead, and on your neck. In some cases, the lines and wrinkles are so severe that they can only be treated surgically. In such cases, facelift surgery is recommended.
A facelift is a cosmetic surgical procedure that removes deep lines and wrinkles by tightening the facial skin. People undergo a facelift to restore the youthful contours of their face and to enhance their appearance. After getting the procedure, patients have smoother skin and a more youthful appearance. Often patients can look more than 10 years younger.
How to Prepare for a Facelift
One of the most important things to do before scheduling a facelift procedure is to discuss the procedure at length with Dr. Richardson or Dr. Cain during a consultation. Their expertise will prove to be instrumental in getting you the best results. Make sure to discuss your entire medical history with the doctor to rule out any complications.
Prior to the surgery, you will be asked to refrain from smoking and from taking blood-thinning medications, like aspirin. These medications can cause complications during the surgery and the recovery process.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
Typically, patients in their mid-40s or older are ideal candidates for a facelift, provided they do not suffer from any life-threatening illnesses. Pregnant women and nursing mothers are advised to wait at least a year before undergoing a facelift procedure.
The facelift process involves the administration of anesthesia. This allows the patient to be comfortable and free of any pain or discomfort during their procedure. After this step, incisions are created to allow Dr. Richardson or Dr. Cain access to the underlying tissues. The tissues are lifted, the muscles are tightened, and excess skin is removed. Finally, surgical stitches are used to close the incisions.
The Healing Process
After a facelift, the patient may have dressings around the face for a time. These dressings will be removed during a follow-up visit to our office.
Aftercare instructions are to be followed very carefully. Complete healing varies from person to person but usually takes between two and three weeks. During recovery, patients are advised to stay away from physically taxing activities. Pain medication will be prescribed to make recovery more comfortable, but there is very little pain in most cases.
Patients will notice some post-surgical swelling and bruising immediately after the procedure. These will subside over the course of the recovery process. Using cold compresses on the area can help bring down swelling faster.
Results are fully visible once swelling has gone down and complete recovery has taken place. A proper skin-care routine should be followed and should involve the use of sunscreen. Proper maintenance of the facial skin will lead to better and longer-lasting results.
Arrange a Facelift Consultation
Dr. Matthew Richardson or Dr. Jordan Cain will be happy to answer your facelift questions during a consultation. Contact our office today to schedule your informative facelift consultation!