“Your Face is as a Book” – Shakespeare – Macbeth
Age tends to show, perhaps more than anywhere else, in the face. As people age, the effects of gravity, exposure to the sun, and the stresses of daily life can be seen in their faces. These factors, and others, can cause the appearance of your face to age prematurely. Creases form between the nose and mouth; the jawline grows slack and jowly; folds and fat deposits appear around the neck. And there are no clothes to conceal or hide these imperfections.
For patients in Sacramento, a facelift can’t stop the aging process it can “set back the clock,” improving the most visible signs of aging by removing excess fat, tightening underlying muscles, and redraping the skin of your face and neck. A facelift can be done alone, or in conjunction with other procedures such as a forehead lift, eyelid surgery, or nose reshaping. This procedure, if performed by a skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Scott Green, can make you look years younger while improving your appearance. You can still age gracefully, just a little more at your own pace.
What You Should Know About Facelift Surgery
Facelift procedures, also known as rhytidectomy, have evolved over the past few generations into a safe, predictable method to rejuvenate the face, and erase the most visible signs of aging. Dr. Scott Green uses proven techniques for facelift cosmetic surgery. Facelift surgery can take several hours to perform. It may be combined with eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty, or other Sacramento cosmetic surgery options. Typically patients experience minimal discomfort following a facelift procedure. Pain medications are available to control modest pain.
After bandaging is removed your face may appear bruised, swollen and pale. Recovery time for a full facelift is approximately two to three weeks. The first two to three days is marked by a feeling of tightness and swelling. This improves over the following week. Any distortion of features or stiffness should diminish after just a few weeks. During this recovery period patients are instructed to avoid strenuous activity and exertions. Sun exposure should be avoided during the first few weeks. Modest pain is usually controlled with the use of oral pain medication. After a few weeks, you may feel comfortable returning to your social calendar, without the need to explain discoloration and swelling to your friends and associates.
Facelift & Brow Lift for Men
More men are choosing facelift surgery to sharpen their look. Learn more about this trend in Dr. Green’s Cosmetic Surgery Chronicle blog post discussing the top options in male plastic surgery. CLICK HERE
How Facelift Surgery is Performed
Depending upon the improvements you would like to make various options are available for the facelift procedure, including mini face-lifts, neck lifts, and neck tightening. Most of the incisions in a facelift surgery are done along natural creases in the skin or above the hairline. This hides most scarring from view. During the surgery, facial muscles are tightened and excess skin is trimmed. Fat may also be suctioned or trimmed to assist with aesthetically enhancing the contours of your facial structure. As with any cosmetic surgery procedure, be sure to follow your plastic surgeons’ instructions regarding taking medications and vitamins, eating, drinking and ceasing smoking.
Your First Step
If you’re considering facelift surgery in Sacramento, this information will give you a basic understanding of the procedure: when it can help, how it’s performed, and what results you can expect. It can’t answer all of your questions since a lot depends on the individual patient. Please request a consultation with Dr. Scott Green to discuss what a facelift procedure can do for you. Before your visit, be sure to view the facelift photo gallery to see real results from actual patients.