What is Facelift?
As we age, the skin and underlying tissues lose volume and elasticity. This is often most noticeable in the face where aging results in deep folds, creases, and shadows.
Lower down in the face, the development of hanging jowls along the jawline and a sagging neck can further make one look older than they feel.
In the early stages of facial aging, a “liquid facelift” can be performed. This involves using injectable fillers and has the benefit of very little to no downtime.
With age, the lower third of the face becomes increasingly more difficult to treat with fillers. It is here where a surgical facelift may be a more suitable option with longer lasting results.
Consider a facelift when you experience the following:
Hollowing and volume loss of the cheeks
Sagging skin along the jawline, resulting in jowls
Deep creases that extend from the nose to the corner of the mouth (Nasolabial folds)
Double chin and thickness towards the bottom of the face
Both healthy men and women in their 40s through 70s are candidates
Types of Facelifts
It can correct numerous issues, including sagging jowls and cheeks, and also tightens the underlying facial muscles.
This procedure entails removing less skin than a full facelift, and does not include tightening the deeper facial tissue. A mini facelift is often sought by those who have undergone a full facelift, and want a “refreshment” to maintain those initial results.
This procedure focuses on the center region of the face, and spans from the corners of your eyes to the sides of your mouth.
This is to pull the tissues in the lower face—the jowls and neck—upward, and restore a tighter, more youthful look along the jawline.
Will it also treat my neck?
The areas that a facelift most effectively treats are the jowls, jawline, nasolabial folds, and cheeks. It does not address the neck area. A more comprehensive approach to facial rejuvenation also frequently includes a neck lift and fat grafting to areas of the face that have lost volume.
To achieve full facial rejuvenation, you may opt to have additional procedures performed simultaneously with your facelift, such as:
- Facial implants
- Face liposuction
- You’ll need at least 7-10 days to begin your facelift recovery, so be sure to schedule that time off from work, if necessary, before you have your procedure. However, it may take up to 2 weeks for the bruising and swelling to completely subside.
- You’ll also need to wear a special compression garment around your head and neck for 2-3 weeks to help manage swelling. In some cases, drainage tubes are inserted into the incisions to prevent fluid accumulation.
- In the weeks following your facelift, numbness in the skin on your face and around your ears. This is usually caused by a bruising of the facial nerves during surgery, and is normal and temporary. On occasion, permanent nerve damage can result from a facelift, but this is a rare occurrence.
- You may also experience some facial discoloration once healing begins, which may take a few months to disappear, as well as a feeling of tightness when opening your mouth. This is also normal, and temporary.
- You can expect to see your final facelift results in about 6 months. If you had any associated procedures performed simultaneously, your recovery period will likely last longer, and it may also be longer before you see the final results.