- 1 What is a Facelift?
- 2 Who is a Candidate?
- 3 The Procedure
- 4 Results and Recovery
- 5 Facelift FAQs
What is a Facelift?
As we age, the skin on our face begins to lose elasticity, resulting in sagging skin, lines and folds, jowls, or excess fat on the neck that can cause a double chin or “turkey neck.” A facelift is a surgical procedure done to improve these visible signs of aging face and neck for a more youthful appearance.
Who is a Candidate?
Men and women who are experiencing sagging skin in their midface or jawline, deep creases from the nose to the mouth or from the mouth to the chin, fallen facial volume, sagging jowls, or a double chin may be able to benefit from a facelift. Non smokers, and patients in good general health are the best candidates. The best way to see if you are a candidate is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Fichadia.
There are multiple facelift techniques available, including the traditional facelift and the limited incision facelift.
Traditional facelift incisions begin at the hairline near the temples, and continue around the ear, ending in the lower scalp. Fat is redistributed and sculpted in the mid to lower face, jowls, and neck, and underlying tissues are repositioned. The deeper layers of the face and muscles may also be lifted, and excess skin is trimmed away. It includes a neck lift. Dr Fichadia understands that facial aging includes loss of volume in the cheek area, and routinely combines fat grafting to these areas to ensure beautiful results.
Limited Incision Facelift
The limited incision facelift uses shorter incisions, which begin at the temple and continue around the ear. This technique is usually done for patients with less sagging skin, as results are not as dramatic as a traditional facelift. This can be done with local anesthesia in office, resulting in much quicker recovery and lower cost.
A neck lift is often done in conjunction with a facelift to address sagging jowls and loose skin on the neck, but can occasionally be done alone. Incisions often begin near the earlobe and continues around behind the ear, ending in the posterior hairline.
Results and Recovery
Dr Fichadia’s approach to a facelift is individualized with careful analysis of degree of facial aging in each individual patient. Following a facelift, a compression garment should be worn to reduce swelling. Drains are removed the next day. Patients can also reduce swelling by reclining rather than lying down, and keeping their head elevated. Any discomfort can be controlled with pain medication. Allow at least two to three weeks for the facial bruising and swelling to subside and for sutures to begin healing. Strenuous exercise, bending and lifting should be avoided for 2-4 weeks. Direct sun exposure should also be avoided to reduce the chance of irregular pigmentation. Scars tend to mature over 6 months, in which time they can be camouflaged with make up and hair style.
Those in the Portland, OR area who are looking to turn back the clock with a facelift can contact our office to schedule a consultation. We would be happy to answer any questions that you may have.
How Long Does a Facelift Last?
A full facelift offers dramatic results that help you to look up to ten years younger. The results form the facelift are shown to last for up to 15 years in most patients.
How Painful is a Facelift?
You will be under sedation during the facelift procedure so that you do not feel any pain or discomfort. During recovery, it is normal to experience some bruising, swelling, and discomfort. The discomfort can be managed with pain medication.
What is a Good Age for a Facelift?
The optimal age to get a facelift is dependent on each individual’s circumstance. The best candidates for a facelift are between the ages of 40 and 60. Although people in their mid-40s often see the optimal results.
Should I Get a Facelift or Fillers?
The facelift is a complex surgical procedure that restores sagging tissue, tightens cheeks, removes jowls, and smooths out the skin. This is an ideal procedure for those who have moderate-to-severe sagging skin. Fillers can smooth out the skin and plump up depressed areas that have lost volume. These are good options if you do not have severe skin sagging or if you do not wish to undergo a complex surgery but still want to appear younger.
Are Facelifts Safe?
As with any surgical procedure, facelifts do come with their risks and possible side-effects. However, complications from a facelift are rare and it is safe if carried out by a qualified and experienced professional such as Dr. Fichadia.
Does a Mini Facelift Tighten the Neck?
A mini facelift focuses on the midface and jowls. It does not do much for your neck. If you have sagging, inelastic skin on the neck you would be a better candidate for a standard facelift.