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. A facelift is a good procedure for those with loose and excess skin of the face and neck.
During your facelift Austin facial plastic surgeon Dr. Sarah 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.
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 of our Austin facelift patients experience 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.
Make your tomorrow beautiful. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Saxon about facial plastic surgery in Texas. Dr. Saxon will answer all your questions in a caring manner and help you create a plan to bring your ideal looks to life!