As you get older, time starts to take its toll on your skin. Your face and neck begin to show the daily stresses of life. The effects of gravity and sun exposure become more obvious. And you might begin to notice fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging that weren’t there before.
You may start to look tired and aged. If you want to get back to your youthful appearance, a facelift might be the right cosmetic procedure for you. Here’s what you need to know.
What is a facelift?
A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that improves the signs of aging on the face and neck. The procedure, which is performed under general anesthesia in an outpatient setting, typically takes two to four hours to complete. During the procedure, an incision will be made in your hairline. This incision will begin in front and above your ears and continue under the earlobe and then back to the hairline in order to make the incision line as unnoticeable as possible. Next, the skin is lifted and the muscles underneath are tightened. Excess skin and fat may also be removed at this point. The incision is then closed with fine sutures.
If you’re unhappy with other parts of your face, this procedure can also be done in conjunction with other surgeries, including eyelid surgery, a forehead lift, or nose reshaping. Liposuction and free fat grafting are also commonly combined with a facelift to achieve the most youthful result.
Patients typically go home on the same day as the surgery. There will be immediate bruising and swelling. After a few weeks, these effects will subside. Your plastic surgeon will provide post-surgery instructions. Final results will begin to appear after several months and up to one year.
If you’re interested in the procedure but are hesitant due to its invasive nature, you do have another option to consider: theMonarch Mini Facelift. This procedure is performed with limited incisions, making it an excellent alternative to counteract the effects of aging. It is performed in office under local anesthesia and light oral sedation. It offers long-lasting results, minimal downtime, and well-hidden incisions.
What are the benefits?
A facelift can effectively treat the deep creases and lines that make us look older. It can also treat sagging skin as well as the loss of muscle tone that is commonly associated with jowls. It may also treat excess fat and skin under the jaw and chin.
Facelifts improve the balance, as well as the blending, of the structures of the face. They improve visible signs of aging through muscle tightening and reshaping of fat and skin. Whether you have creases below your eyes, sagging in the middle of the face, muscle tone loss in the lower face or neck, or loose skin under the chin, this procedure can help improve your appearance, so you can become more confident with a more youthful appearance; it can change your life.
Ideal candidates for rhytidectomy are those with sagging skin on the face and neck, but whose bone structure is well defined and whose skin still has elasticity. You should also be in good health and have realistic expectations. Though candidates are commonly between the ages of 40 and 60, facelifts can be successfully performed on those aged 70 to 90 as well.
If your reflection in the mirror doesn’t match how you feel and you want to learn more about how a facelift can help improve visible signs of aging on your face and neck, request a consultation with Monarch Plastic Surgery today.