As we get older, our faces change. Lines appear on the forehead, crow’s feet are visible near the eyes and skin begins to loosen on the face and neck. Our heredity, sun exposure and gravity’s inescapable pull all cause facial aging. It is no surprise that as the nation’s population ages, the facelift has become a very common facial cosmetic procedure.
At our Miami-based plastic surgery center, Marshall Cosmétique, our facelift aims to restore a healthy, youthful appearance by surgically tightening and ‘lifting’ the face and neck.
Who Should Consider a Facelift?
Like all elective surgery, good health and realistic expectations are requisite criteria. In addition, smokers are at a greater risk to experience complications from surgery. Other factors that can affect the success of your facelift are:
- Skin type and elasticity
- Bone structure
What to Expect?
Prior to a facelift surgery, our plastic surgeon, Dr. Marshall will likely have you:
- Adjust or add medication
- Stop smoking
- Avoid taking aspirin
On the day of your facelift, your procedure will involve the following steps:
- Anesthesia. Dr. Marshall will recommend whether you should undergo intravenous sedation or general anesthesia.
- Incision. Although there are several different types of facelift procedures, a traditional facelift incision starts in the hairline in the temples and continues around the ear and ends in the lower scalp. Fat is reshaped and sometimes redistributed from the face, jowls and neck. The skin is then tightened over the face and extra skin is trimmed off. If your neck is also being treated, a second incision is made under the chin. All incisions are closed by sutures or skin adhesives.
- Recovery. After receiving your facelift at Marshall Cosmétique, you should expect the area in an around the incision(s) to show swelling, fluid retention and even bruising. Bandages are used to reduce swelling and compress the skin. You may also receive a drainage tube to flush out excess blood and/or fluid that may have collected during surgery.
When Can I Return to Work?
Many patients go back to work in two weeks. Scars are usually disguised in natural skin creases or by the hair.
Risks. Like any surgical procedure, there are health risks that accompany elective facelift surgery. Common complications include but are not limited to:
- Uneven contours
- Skin damage/irregularities or nerve damage
- Fluid loss/accumulation
- Unfavorable scarring
Are you ready to take the next step? Click on the request a consultation button to schedule a complementary appointment with Dr. Marshall, evaluate your particular case and help you achieve the results you want.