As you age, our skin stretches and sags, and as such, your facial features undergo some inherent changes. If you’re interested in working to counteract the cosmetic aging process, you may be interested in a face-lift. To learn more about the procedure’s offerings, schedule an appointment with Dr. Matthew Karen of Exclusively Faces, Cosmetic Surgery & MediSpa in Winchester, Virginia by calling or using the online scheduling tool.
A face-lift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure done to improve visible signs of aging in both the face and neck. A restorative surgery, a face-lift does not change the fundamental appearance of one’s face and cannot stop the aging process.
Patients who are seeking a face-lift often complain of sagging skin, a deepening of the fold lines between the corners of the mouth and nose, fat that has fallen or seemingly disappeared, "jowls", and loose skin around the neck.
Face-lift surgery is generally done as an outpatient procedure and may involve either a local anesthetic and sedatives and general anesthesia. During the procedure, which can take anywhere between 2 and 5 hours, Dr. Karen will make an incision in front of the ear that extends up into the hair or hairline, as well as behind the ear and into the hair-bearing scalp.
The skin is then lifted off the deeper facial muscles and fat, and Dr. Karen pulls the skin upwards to remove excess skin. They may also deeper tissues of the face at this time. Another small incision may be made under the chin to tighten the skin (e.g. a neck lift). These incisions are then closed with sutures or staples and bandages are applied.
All surgeries have risk potential. Face-lift complications include bleeding, bruising, anesthesia complications, hematoma, infection, numbness, scarring, skin necrosis or tissue death, or widening of thickening of scar areas. Slight inflammation is normal for a few days after surgery, but if excessive inflammation, pain, redness or swelling occurs, you should contact Dr. Karen.
Most patients will experience varying levels of discomfort following surgery. Bruising and swelling may last for 2 days post-operation. Sutures and/or staples are removed 5-10 days after surgery. Total recovery normally takes about 2 weeks and patients are discouraged from participating in a rigorous activity for 4 weeks after surgery.
If you have been thinking about undergoing a face-lift or would like to talk more about the procedure, schedule a consultation with Dr. Karen of Exclusively Faces, Cosmetic Surgery & MediSpa in Winchester, Virginia by calling or using the online scheduling tool.