5 Great FAQs About Facelifts

Let’s face it, aging is inevitable. However, looking older doesn’t have to be. A facelift is the ultimate facial rejuvenation solution to treat facial wrinkles and sagging caused by aging. We’ve compiled 5 great FAQs about facelifts to help you determine if a facelift is right for you:

1. Is a facelift right for me?

If your skin has lost elasticity around the lower face and neck region and you are bothered by it, a facelift may be right for you. An in-office consultation with a Facial Plastic Surgeon will better confirm if it is.

2. What can I expect during the procedure?

The outpatient procedure is performed while you are under anesthesia. Incisions are made around the ears, and the skin and deeper structures are elevated and tightened.

3. What are the potential risks?

The risks are that of any surgical procedure, including bleeding, infection, risks to be discussed with the anesthesiologist. In general, patients do very well with a facelift, and complications are very unusual. There is some variation in how long swelling persists or bruising occurs but most patients are able to go out without people knowing they had surgery about 2 1/2 weeks after the procedure. You generally look your best at about 3-4 months post operative.

4. What can I expect during the recovery?

We give detailed instructions regarding wound care and what to expect after surgery. Most sutures are removed 7 days after surgery, with the remaining ones removed 2-3 days later. You can generally return to work 2 weeks after surgery but should avoid vigorous physical activity for 4 weeks.

5. How long will the results last?

As a general rule, it will take about 10 years to look like you did before your surgery, but remember you will be 10 years older at the time. Just like the surgery does not make you look exactly the same as you did 10 years before the procedure, you will not look exactly the same 10 years after the surgery as you did the day of the surgery.

If you are considering a facelift and are ready to see the rejuvenating results, schedule a consultation here.