Q. Who are the best candidates?
They are the men and women whose skin is still somewhat elastic and who have a strong, well-defined bone structure, but their face and neck have started to sag. Most people who opt for a facelift are between 40 and 60 years of age, although many older men and women have facelifts, too. That’s because it can make you look younger and more alive. It can uplift your spirits as well as your face. And it can cause you to smile instead of hide when a friend or relative wants to take your picture
Q. What are the risks?
Complications are few and far between when a facelift is performed by a highly qualified cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Florea. However, they might occur due to the patient’s physical condition, healing ability (e.g., smoking is detrimental to healing), uncontrolled high blood pressure, blood clotting problems, or other factors. Despite the utmost care during surgery, it’s sometimes possible to temporarily injure the motor nerves controlling facial muscles. Infections are rare. The patient may react poorly to the anesthesia. Hematoma which is bleeding under the facial skin, is the most common complication, and occurs 3-5% of the time. Although millions of people have had successful facelifts, results cannot be guaranteed.
Q. What’s the first step?
A consultation at Dr. Floreas office. You’ll be asked what you’d like a facelift to accomplish, what parts of your face or neck you’d like improved, whether you’re a smoker, and what medications, vitamins or recreational drugs you’re taking (if any). During your visit, the doctor will evaluate your face and neck, including the skin and bone structure. If you’ve ever had any surgery or medical problems, or bad reactions to drugs or anesthesia, he’ll want to know about it. Then he’ll explain what can and can’t be accomplished with a facelift, and what is realistic.
Not necessarily. Many surgeons perform face lifts under local anesthesia with sedation that has fewer side effects. Depending on the length of the procedure and the comfort of the patient, both are options.
Most patients report very mild discomfort after surgery. Swelling and feelings of tightness can be treated with prescribed medication or over-the-counter pain medicine.
Aerobic exercise and other activities that raise blood pressure could increase recovery time so it should be avoided for at least 3 weeks following surgery.
Some of the effects will be immediate but it will take 3 weeks for swelling to subside and show results. Patients will see improvements throughout the next several weeks.
A professional surgeon has the skills to leave few or no signs of surgery while giving a youthful appearance. Most people will remark how well-rested and rejuvenated you look.
Skilled surgeons make people look younger not tighter. However, dramatic weight loss after surgery can cause the eyes to look sunken. Be within 15-25 pounds of your ideal weight before surgery.
Immediately after surgery there will be swelling and redness around the sutures that many people cover with hairstyles during healing. Scars are rare but could possibly occur, especially by the ears. Avoid exposure to the sun to reduce the risk of scarring.
The procedure removes many wrinkles and sagging skin but it does not maintain the tension to remove acne scars.
Results of a face lift vary by the individual but many see results last between 5 and 10 years or longer.
The natural aging process can cause skin to sag again over time so some may opt for a second procedure a decade later.