Now more and more women and men are appreciating that a facelift could be the answer for them. The “plastic” or pulled look that was the signature of a facelift of old is no longer the result now being obtained. In fact, often no one can tell that you have had a facelift, yet you can look up to ten years younger and, look younger naturally.
A facelift can improve the skin, smooth out deep cheek folds, jowls and loose, sagging skin around the neck that is often associated with age.
A facelift may be just what you need, to make you look as young as you feel, improving the most visible signs of aging by removing excess fat, tightening underlying muscles, and re-draping the skin of your lower face and neck.
Dr. Messa has noted that typically, most facelift candidates are in their 40s, 50s or 60s. However, in certain cases the procedure can be performed on older individuals. However, best results are achieved with patients who still have relatively good skin elasticity and a strong facial bone structure. In preparation for facelift surgery, you will need to abstain from smoking one month prior to the procedure and at least one month during the recovery period in order to avoid complications.
A facelift can be done alone, or in conjunction with other facial rejuvenation procedures such as an endoscopic brow lift, eyelid lift, or laser resurfacing around the mouth or eyes.
Performed under general anesthesia, a facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, removes the excess skin and fatty tissue around the jaw and neck is removed and the skin is pulled back to reveal a tighter, more youthful appearance.
The surgery usually lasts approximately two to three hours followed by recovery which lasts approximately two hours. You will be able to go home the same day as surgery, or if you desire, you can be monitored overnight by one of Dr. Messa’s licensed, experienced recovery nurses.
Although a facelift will improve and enhance the contour of your face and jaw line, it will not correct sun or wind damage or fine wrinkles that have developed on the skin’s surface. To treat these conditions, additional skin care will be needed, which is also available at the West Cosmetic Surgery Center. See our skin care and laser section of this site for more information. These options can be discussed during your initial consultation.
Bruising and swelling usually fades within two weeks and after a few days you will be permitted to wear camouflage makeup if you deem necessary. After about two weeks, most people find that they can return to work. As with any facial surgery, healing continues for up to six months until every little irregularity settles and sensation in the skin and ears returns to normal. After the recuperation period many of our patients say, “I wish I’d done it sooner.”
The average facelift done today may last from 5 to 7 years, and follow-up procedures can be performed to keep you looking as good as you can for many more years.
Call today to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Messa at the Weston Cosmetic Surgery Center. Don’t let a few facial imperfections or flaws conceal the vigor and your inner facial beauty! Call 954.659.7760