Facelifts are a wonderful way to counteract common signs of aging and give you a fresher more youthful look. By tightening muscle, removing fat, and trimming excess skin, Dr. Barrett can help give you back the look that you once had. After surgery, some patients look 10-15 years younger.
Mid-face sagging, deep creases under the eyes, deep creases between the nose and mouth, loose skin and fat under the chin and jaw are some of the ageing issues a facelift can help correct.
Although facelifts can produce a dramatic improvement in appearance, it is important for patients to understand that facelifts do not stop the aging process. In time, signs of aging will gradually appear once again. Further, facelifts will not rejuvenate the brow, eyelids, nose, and some of the mid-face. Patients who want to improve these areas may consider combining a facelift with a brow lift or eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). Fat grafting, injectable soft-tissue fillers, facial implants and skin resurfacing can also enhance the effects of a facelift.
Candidates for Facelift
The ideal candidates for a facelift are men and women who are in general good health, whose faces have begun to sag, but whose skin still has some elasticity. A true understanding of the desired results with realistic expectations is also important.
This is the “full” traditional facelift most individuals are familiar with. It includes rejuvenation of the face, jowls and neck including lifting and repositioning of muscles and skin trimming and re-draping. An incision is made at the temples, down to the front of the ear, around the earlobe and behind the ear to the lower scalp at the hairline.
Limited-incision or mid-facelift
For limited rejuvenation around the eyes and mouth, including nasolabial folds and other deep creases. Tiny incisions are made at the temples and around the ear, and possibly in the lower eyelids and/or under the upper lip as well.
Swelling, numbness, bruising, and a feeling of tightness or tension in the face and neck is common post-surgery and may last from 2-4 weeks. Your face may look uneven or distorted, and your facial muscles may feel stiff. Facial sensations typically return to normal within a few months. Most patients are considered “socially acceptable” after about 10 days and many return to work by the second or third week. Dr. Barrett and his staff will carefully review post-surgery care instructions with you to ensure your recovery is as smooth as possible.