As the years pass by, have you noticed that your face looks tired, less vibrant, or significantly aged? Are you bothered by folds and creases around your nose and mouth, a loss of muscle tone and elasticity in the lower face, or loose skin and fatty deposits under the jaw that make you appear to have a “waddle” or “double chin”? If so, you can restore your youthful appearance. A facelift may be the answer you are looking for. Dr. Yannis and his team, strive to provide information that will be helpful in deciding if a facelift is the answer for your concerns.
What is a Facelift
A facelift (rhytidectomy) is a surgical procedure that will improve visible signs of aging in the face, jaw line and neck. A facelift corrects sagging, and folding facial skin and muscles, removes excess fat, and restores firmness to create a more rested and vibrant appearance. Dr. Yannis is dedicated to customize and modify his surgical techniques to prevent that “stretched & pulled” look. Dr. Yannis takes an artistic approach to personalize the surgery for each individual. Often, no one can tell that you have had a facelift, yet you can appear up to ten years younger and look younger naturally. The average facelift done today lasts ten to fifteen years, if desired additional procedures, such as “Lipo-Lift” fat transferring can enhance your face lift results. Follow-up procedures, or skin treatments can be performed to keep you looking youthful for many more years.
Facelift incisions generally begin in the hairline at the temples, continue around the front side of the ear, and end behind or underneath the earlobe. In some cases where there is profound neck sagging, the incision may need to extend into the hair line and scalp area behind the ears. Fat and skin is then redistributed from the face, neck, and jowls. The underlying tissue is repositioned and skin is re-draped over the uplifted contours with excess skin trimmed away. A small incision under the chin may be necessary to release the skin from the platysma bands as well, to improve an aging neckline. The use of sutures and skin adhesives will close the incisions.
What to expect during your consultation
A consultation is the first step to learn how a facelift can improve facial sagging and aging. During your consultation with Dr. Yannis, he will explain who the best candidates are for facelift surgery: Women and men whose face and neck still have good skin elasticity, as well as those with strong and well-defined bone structure are usually the best candidates. The best candidates also are those who are non-smokers, have no life-threatening illnesses or medical conditions that can impair healing, and who have realistic goals in mind for the improving their appearance.
Before you have your surgery, Dr. Yannis and his team will explain in detail what will take place during the procedure, as well as provide you with specific instructions regarding pre-surgical considerations, diagnostic testing, and medications. Also, we will cover pre surgical preparations and procedures that will occur on the day of surgery. Dr. Yannis will discuss necessary medications to avoid before surgery and specific information related to the use of preventive anti-biotics, as well as the use of sedatives, and localized anesthetics during surgery.
At your Pre-Operative consultation Dr. Yannis will explain your specific surgery for you in detail. He will also take a complete medical history in order to evaluate your general health. Cosmetic surgery is an elective surgery and your surgeon wants to ensure that you are in the best health to go forth with surgery and the recovery process. Dr. Yannis requires recent lab tests, and an EKG. In some cases a complete physical exam and medical clearance from your primary care physician is necessary to ensure that you are medically cleared to go forth with surgery.
After Facelift and Neck Lift Surgery
It will be explained to you and your designated care taker how to care for the surgical area, as well as medications to apply or take orally to aid in healing. We also indicate the specific signs to look for around the surgical areas, to help reduce possible complications during the healing process. We will also remind you of your previously scheduled post-operative appointments.
There will be some bruising and swelling after the procedure, along with numbness and discomfort. You will be provided with medication that can control the discomfort. The bruising usually fades within two weeks, and after a few days you will be able to wear camouflage makeup. Your healing process will continue for several weeks as the swelling lessens and the incision lines begin to fade. It is important that you follow the specific instructions given to you and attend follow-up visits as scheduled.
Schedule a consultation today for your Face and Neck Lift. During a consultation, patients meet with their aesthetician and staff to discuss all options in more detail. Patients may ask questions about desired outcome as well as view before and after photos of similar procedures.