Facelift

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The Benefits of a Facelift

You want to look, and feel, young again. A facelift can do that for you.

The procedure is designed to achieve a smoother and more refined facial structure that resembles a younger, energized you.

  • You'll look less stressed out and more relaxed, like you've just come back from a great holiday.
  • You'll look more energetic, which in turn will make you feel more energetic, too.
  • Your makeup will go on easier and smoother.
  • You'll be better able to maintain your competitive edge at work.
  • You'll feel more outgoing.

Imagine what other benefits you can experience with your new look!

Are You Ready for a Facelift?

Sagging skin and muscles and drooping pockets of fat on the mid and lower face can cause deep wrinkles that you can't hide with makeup or nonsurgical treatments. Your whole face may look like it's being pulled downward, with excess tissue sagging along your jawline forming jowls. Your neck may also be affected.

This is a common concern for male and female patients, particularly those in their 50s and beyond. No matter how old you are, a facelift may be suitable for you if you:

  • have saggy skin and folds in the mid and lower portions of your face (the upper area around the eyes and forehead can be addressed with an eyelid lift or brow lift instead)
  • are in relatively good health
  • don't have any outstanding medical issues that would make the procedure unsafe
  • aren't a smoker or are able to refrain from smoking for a specified period of time before and after your surgery (smoking can interfere with proper healing)

Remember that age isn't an issue. A facelift may be safe for you with the permission of your primary care physician and one of our board certified plastic surgeons. We've had happy patients who are in their 80s!

A neck lift may be performed at the same time as a facelift if necessary. This can rejuvenate the entire facial appearance.

Your facelift and neck lift are customized according to your unique facial and neck structure as well as what you hope to achieve. We never do the same thing for all of our patients!

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Types of Facelift

SMAS Facelift

SMAS stands for superficial musculoaponeurotic system, a network of tissues overlying the cheeks and lower face. This facelift modifies the SMAS and elevates it to reduce and eliminate minor to moderate sagging.

Deep Plane Facelift

To address more extensive sagging in the cheeks and middle of the face, the deep plane facelift targets muscles and tissues that are located deeper than the SMAS. This is usually for older patients.

Neck Lift

Sagging of the skin and muscles in the neck can be tightened with a neck lift, performed at the same time as your facelift.

Our ultimate goal is to give you a younger and more natural look, without that overly tight and abnormal appearance.  We do this by targeting the muscles and other underlying structures of your face and neck to form a stronger foundation, while removing just enough skin.

The restorative effects of your facelift can also be complemented by another procedure for total facial rejuvenation, such as a brow lift, eyelid lift or injectable treatment.

The Facelift Surgery

A facelift can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. It does not require an overnight stay at the surgical facility. You'll be able to go home after a few hours.

Typically, incisions are made within or along the hairline so any resulting scars are barely visible. The incision may extend from above the ear going downward around the earlobe, where it ends behind the ear within the hairline. If a neck lift is also performed, an additional incision may be made under the chin. From here, tissues are tightened and modified.

The entire procedure can take a few hours.

Three Steps to Protecting Your Results

A facelift will erase the common signs of aging. The results can be quite impressive, allowing you to look over a decade younger. You can maintain your results with a healthy lifestyle and possibly undergoing some nonsurgical treatments as "touchups".

However, it's important to note that the results, while long lasting, can be affected by the natural aging process and gravity. You'll still look younger than your actual age, though!

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Your Facelift Recovery

You can expect the following things during your recovery:

  • Any dressings and drains (if necessary) that are placed immediately after surgery should be left in place. The drains will be removed the next day during your followup appointment, and the dressings are replaced. Two days after surgery, the dressings will be removed.
  • Medication can be prescribed to alleviate discomfort.
  • Any nonabsorbable sutures will be removed within two weeks.
  • Bruising and swelling are typical side effects and gradually disappear over the weeks and months following surgery. Keep your head elevated and ice packs can be used.
  • While you may see an immediate improvement, please allow the majority of bruising and swelling to disappear before assessing your results. Usually, our patients are able to see their results in about a month or two.

It is important to note that the more extensive your facelift and neck lift, the longer your recovery may be.

According to one medical study, patients who've had a facelift rate themselves as looking about 12 years younger. Our patients sometimes say they think they look even younger!

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1003 Reserve Blvd., Suite 220
Spring Hill, TN 37174

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