What a Facelift Can Achieve
Tightening of the SkinPart of the aging process includes a decrease in collagen production. This essential protein helps the skin stay healthy and smooth. As its levels decline, the skin begins to lose elasticity, which causes it to start sagging around the face. Facelift surgery addresses the sagging by tightening the skin and removing any excess to leave behind smoother skin, which will immediately restore a youthful look.
Decreased Jowls and WrinklesAging is expressed in all structures of the face, including the underlying soft tissue and musculature. The superficial muscles of the face are very thin. Loss of their tone can contribute to the descent of the soft tissue, causing pronounced nasolabial folds and jowl formation. These underlying structures are tightened and elevated in a facelift to restore a firmer facial structure.
Contouring of the NeckFor many people, neck contour and neck skin laxity are more bothersome than facial aging. Necks age in a similar manner as faces do, but in some people, the laxity is more pronounced in this location. Genetics can also play a significant role. Aging of the neck is often first detected in photographs. As a component of a facelift, excess fat is removed from the neck, the underlying soft tissue and musculature are tightened, and the extra skin is removed to provide greater definition to this area.
Restoration of VolumeAnother key component of facial aging is volume loss. Most people understand that their skin thins as they age, but our muscles and soft tissue become thinner as well. This volume loss can cause people to appear more gaunt and aged. By restoring volume in a youthful proportion, the results of surgery are improved and appear more natural. The volume is restored by fat grafting, which involves removing fat from the abdomen, processing it, and then injecting it in tiny aliquots into the face. The fat is placed where it can provide youthful volume, and this is typically customized to the individual.
Swelling and bruising after any surgical procedure is common. This is temporary and will most likely subside within a few weeks. A compression garment worn on the face will help to minimize these effects.
Resting at home should be done in a reclined position instead of lying down. Keeping the head elevated above the rest of the body will further minimize any swelling.
Light daily activities can be resumed after a few days of surgery. Patients can return to work after a week or two, though they should avoid more strenuous activities, such as exercise, until Dr. Boll clears them. Additionally, following all aftercare instructions will ensure the best possible results and will minimize post-surgical complications.
ScarsThe appearance of the incisions will depend on the type of procedure performed and the severity of the sagging corrected. Facelift incisions are hidden behind the ears as much as possible, and these scars will lighten over time. The scars are designed to blend into natural contours so that they are minimally visible.
The cost of facelift surgery varies depending on multiple factors, including whether the procedure performed is a standard facelift or a mini facelift. Combining a facelift with other procedures will also affect the total cost. During the pre-surgical consultation, Dr. Boll will provide an estimate for the determined procedure. Financing and pre-payment options are available.
Mild to moderate pain and discomfort is typical after the procedure. The severity and duration of this pain will depend on the number of procedures performed and the conditions being addressed. Dr. Boll will provide suggestions for pain medication to manage any discomfort. For any concerns about pain, or if the pain becomes too severe to manage, our office should be contacted immediately.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are no results that are guaranteed with any surgical procedure, but results from a facelift are long lasting. However, a facelift does not halt the aging process, so the same conditions that caused sagging, lines, and wrinkles will still occur. That said, facelift results will help reduce the appearance of aging, even as the process continues.
All surgical procedures have risks, such as:
- Facial numbness
- Poor wound healing
The risks are minimized by following the pre-surgical care suggestions and the aftercare instructions provided by Dr. Boll.
Facelift surgery is performed under general anesthesia. There will be a board-certified anesthesiologist monitoring you the entire time.
Dr. Boll will give you a list of pre-operative care instructions to ensure that you have the best results possible. If you smoke, you will have to stop at least six weeks before your surgery. Cessation of smoking will help improve blood flow, which helps with healing. You will also be asked to refrain from taking aspirin and other medications to minimize the risks of excessive bleeding during surgery.