Is a Facelift Right For You?

facelift-before-after-Exclusively-Faces-Winchester-VAWho is looking back at you in the mirror? You still feel the same on the inside, but the reflection just isn’t you anymore. Age, time, the environment… you can’t escape their effects. But, you do have options! There are many temporary treatments claiming to rejuvenate your face and “turn back the clock”. But nothing gives you the lasting results of a facelift. It’s the best way to defy gravity and time, restoring the smooth look of youthful skin. Improvements in surgical techniques over the years deliver natural results and recovery time is minimized. Incisions are typically hidden near the hairline and are not noticeable.

A variety of facelifts are available and yours will be designed to target the areas you specifically want to treat. These areas can include the neck, under the jaw, chin, cheeks, forehead and eyes.

You can expect a facelift to correct:

  • Deep folds from the outside of the nose to the corners of the mouth (nasolabial folds)
  • Sagging jowls due to loss of muscle tone
  • Loose skin in the neck area and under the chin
  • Lines or deep creases beneath your lower eyelids

What Can I Expect?

A facelift involves elevating the skin and soft tissues below the skin (muscle layer) and re-draping these tissues in a more anatomically pleasing position. The soft tissue and muscles are tightened in order to reposition the skin for a natural, not taut, result.

The incisions are placed in areas where they will be well hidden. Consideration will be given to whether the patient is male or female, hair pattern, and areas that need most correction. The surgery is tailored to meet the needs of each individual patient.

Side effects of a facelift can include swelling, bruising, inflammation and some pain. Facelift complications are relatively infrequent but may occur. There can be some blood collection under the skin. There may be some temporary lag in the normal motion of the facial muscles. Generally this is related to the local anesthetic. In rare cases, this weakness can be longer lasting and may become permanent.

A facelift is usually performed at our in-office surgical suite. Dressings are removed the day after surgery. Sutures and staples will be removed seven days after surgery.

Initially there may be a feeling of numbness and tension in the operative area. This usually disappears within the first few postoperative weeks. Swelling and bruising vary but are usually gone within a week or so.

Guidelines for After Surgery

Patients need to take prescribed medications, sleep with their heads elevated, and apply ice to the mid face for the first 24 to 48 hours

An elastic sling dressing is worn 24 hours a day for the first two weeks and at night after that. This action decreases the swelling tremendously. Heavy lifting and increased activity should be avoided for up to two weeks. Antibiotic and pain prescriptions will be provided. Patients typically return to work with one week.

Is This Right for Me?

Every person is different. The best way to find out if this procedure is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Karen.

Dr. Karen and his staff have been operating with care and excellence in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia for over 15 years, serving patients of Winchester, Harrisonburg, Front Royal and more.

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