FACE LIFT BASICS
A Facelift is a procedure designed to turn back the appearance of the aging process in the lower face. A Facelift can be performed at the same time as other procedures such as eyelid surgery, fat transfers, or forehead/browlift to rejuvenate the face.
FACE LIFT BENEFITS
- Tight, firm and fresh appearance of the skin
- Younger-looking appearance
- Reduce the appearance of wrinkles and effects of sunlight exposure
- Enhanced self-confidence
BEST CANDIDATES FOR FACE LIFTS
The ideal candidate for a Facelift is an individual who has loose, sagging skin in their lower face but their bone structure is still well defined. Patients range in age from their early 40’s to their 80’s.
Think carefully about your goals and expectations and discuss them thoroughly with Dr. Stiller before deciding on any cosmetic procedure.
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GET TO KNOW YOUR DOCTOR
This is your time to get to know Dr. Stiller and the staff at Stiller. Be sure to convey your goals and expectations for the surgical procedure. Dr. Stiller will evaluate your medical health and explain the surgical techniques available to you.
All of your questions related to the procedure will be answered as thoroughly as possible. Dr. Stiller will perform an examination of your trouble area at the consultation. Dr. Stiller will go over the risks and potential complications of the procedure and he will explain the pre-operative and post-operative process.
All procedures carry some uncertainty and risks.
- Pigmentation change of skin is possible
- Irregular contour may occur
- Nerve injury may occur – usually temporary
- Hair loss may occur in the areas of incision – usually temporary
- Numbness or sensation changes of the skin
- Some patients will require additional surgery
GETTING READY FOR SURGERY
A Stiller staff member will contact you a few days before the surgery and notify you what time you are expected to arrive for your procedure and discuss any last minute details. At this time, you will be given an opportunity to ask any further questions.
It will take a few weeks to see the true results of your procedure. As long as you understand this, the chances are excellent you will be very happy with the results.
Continuing a healthy diet and exercise is very important prior to surgery. Smoking must be stopped two weeks prior to surgery.
Do not eat or drink eight hours before your surgery. You should wear a
You will meet with a member of our staff to prepare for surgery. Dr. Stiller will see you prior to your surgery to answer any final questions and meet family or friends. You will meet with our anesthesia provider to discuss anesthesia.
For family or friends that accompany you, we have a lounge area to comfortably pass the time. You will need someone to drive you home after the operation and stay with you the first 24 hours after the surgery is completed.
A face lift can be performed with local, deep sedation or general anesthesia.
Following surgery, you will likely have drainage from your incisions. Any discomfort you feel should be controlled with oral pain medications prescribed by Dr. Stiller. If you are experiencing excessive pain, contact Dr. Stiller immediately.
Keep your head elevated for a couple weeks to minimize swelling. You can expect to feel tired and sore a few days following the facelift. Bruising and swelling
AFTER THE SURGERY
Immediately after the
Healing is a gradual process and it takes time. Please refrain from strenuous activity for one month. Avoid alcohol, steam baths
Resumption of physical activity will be determined by Dr. Stiller in your post-operative
When all bruising and swelling has subsided, your skin may be dry. Dr. Stiller can recommend a post-face lift skin regimen to improve the texture of your skin. Scars from the face lift will take time to fade.
A face lift does not stop the clock, your face will continue to age with time. You may want to repeat the procedure in five to ten years.