Who is a candidate for a facelift?
As you age you undergo several predictable changes including loss of fat in the face and loss of skin elastisticity. There are many ways to maintain a youthful appearance in the early stages of aging such as botox and filler and use of skin products. At some point, most reach a point of diminishing returns in the use of these more conservative treatments since more product is needed without as dramatic of an effect. Facelift is a good procedure for those with loose and excess skin of the face and neck. There are various techniques for performing a facelift, and Dr. Saxon will tailor the technique to your individual anatomy and needs. Neck liposuction and tightening of a muscle in the neck called the platysma is often done at the same time as a facelift to create an ideal angle between the chin and neck.
What is recovery like after a facelift?
Immediately after a facelift, patients will have a compressive dressing around the head. This comes off the following day, and a more comfortable wrap is placed. You will have swelling and bruising that often extends down onto the chest from gravity. Incisions are placed in a crease around the ear and scalp. These incisions are kept clean by you or a caretaker after surgery. Sutures and surgical clips are removed one week after surgery, and at the same time you will start using a light chin strap to keep compression on the chin. Swelling can continue for several weeks after surgery. Most have numbness on the neck and around the ear temporarily for 2-3 months as well. It is normal to feel minor lumps and bumps during the healing process which smooth out over time. Sunscreen is very important even up to a year after surgery to avoid pigmentation issues along the incision lines.