As we age or lose a significant amount of weight, it is common for the facial skin to lose its elasticity and volume causing it to sag. Charles A. Wallace, M.D. is a board-certified plastic surgeon, who performs facelifts on people in and around Plano and Frisco, as well as other areas surrounding Dallas, TX.
What is a Facelift?
A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure done on people who are showing visible signs of aging or have lost a significant amount of weight. Its goal is to improve the facial appearance by gently pulling the facial skin back and eliminating it along with excess fat, and tightening the facial muscles under the skin. When performed by a skilled plastic surgeon, the procedure results in a rejuvenated, younger looking appearance.
The Art of a Natural Looking Face with a Facelift
The key to a natural looking facelift is that is performed by a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon who is able to subtly alter the appearance in a way that does not result in a face that looks like a mask or pulled back too tightly.
Benefits of a Facelift
Not only do facelifts correct the signs of aging or dramatic weight loss, they offer patients the following benefits:
- A more contoured facial appearance
- Tighter facial muscles
- Reduces the appearance of jowls
- Diminished fine lines and wrinkles
Is a Facelift Right for Me?
If you think your face is showing very visible signs of aging, namely sagging skin and less contour, and you are healthy and have a realistic idea of your results, a facelift may be the right procedure to give you a refreshed, smoother facial complexion.
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Elements of a Facelift
Each facelift is as different as each patient’s facial structure. In terms of most procedures, incisions are made at the hairline around the temples and continue around the ears down to the lower scalp. During the procedure, fat is often redistributed when repositioning skin tissue. At that point, small dissolvable implants are placed to position and support the tissue. The skin is repositioned over the improved contours with the excess skin removed. If necessary, an incision may be made under the chin to tighten and rejuvenate the neck.
Once complete, the incisions are stitched close and dressings are applied. Bandages are placed around the face to minimize swelling and bruising. To drain any excess blood and fluid, a tube is often placed just under the skin. Another incision under the chin may be necessary to further improve an aging neck and liposuction may be utilized here as well. This procedure can also be performed endoscopically, using shorter incisions. Sutures close the incisions and dressings are applied. A bandage is gently placed around the face to minimize swelling and bruising. A thin tube is placed under the skin temporarily to drain excess blood and fluid.
General anesthesia is typically used as the procedure takes anywhere from three to six hours to complete. Facelift procedures often require an overnight stay in the hospital following the procedure so that patients can be monitored.
How Much Does a Facelift Cost?
A facelift is often performed with other procedures making the cost vary with each patient. Additionally, each patient’s procedure is as individual as they are. If the procedure is done for cosmetic reasons, it is unlikely that health insurance will cover any of the cost. However, if a facelift is done for reconstructive reasons as a result of a birth defect or trauma to the face, insurance may offer coverage for part or all of the cost. We accept cash, check, Visa®, MasterCard®, American Express® and Discover®, as well as offer financing options with Prosper® Healthcare Lending.
After a Facelift
Following a facelift procedure, there is some swelling, numbness and discomfort. Patients are usually prescribed oral medication and antibiotics to prevent any discomfort and infection. Depending on the extent of the procedure, there may be some restriction of facial movements. It is important to keep the head elevated during the first few days until the initial swelling goes down.
Within a week, patients may resume light activities and return to work in two to four weeks. It takes several weeks for swelling and incision lines to go away. The improvement continues over the following months.
Getting Back to Normal After a Facelift
Most patients return to work and normal activities within two to four weeks. Any bruising can be camouflaged with makeup. If you exercise on a regular basis, this can also be resumed within about four weeks. It is important to understand that the full results of a facelift typically take time to come to full fruition making it important to have realistic expectations and a healthy attitude about having a facelift.
If you live in Plano, Frisco or anywhere in Dallas, TX, and have sagging skin on your face and around your neck, you may want to consider a facelift by Charles A. Wallace, M.D. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.