Einstein's plastic surgeons are especially skilled in the surgical procedures to tighten skin and remove wrinkles and sagging in the face and neck.
How Does Facelift Work?
A facelift is a surgical procedure that repositions skin and tissue to smooth out wrinkles and sagging. Depending on the degree of change you would like to see, your facelift choices include:
Traditional facelift, which your surgeon performs by making an incision that runs in front of and behind the ear. Both the skin and underlying tissue are tightened, and excess skin and fat from the lower face and neck are removed. A second incision under the chin may be necessary to further improve an aging neck. Sutures or skin adhesives close the incisions.
Traditional facelift surgery takes about four hours and several weeks for recovery.
Limited incision facelift, which your surgeon performs using shorter incisions at the temples, around the ear and sometime near the lower eyelids or under the upper lip.
What Can I Expect During and After the Procedure?
Your physician will provide you with detailed information about your procedure, but in general:
- You will either be given general anesthesia or a sedative through an intravenous line and local anesthesia to numb your skin.
- The procedure may last up to several hours.
- If you've had general anesthesia, you'll awake in a recovery room and remain there anywhere from a few hours to overnight, depending on the extent of the surgery.
- Post-surgery bruising and swelling lasting two to three weeks is typical following facelift surgery. You may also experience tightness, numbness and swelling for several weeks.
- Most people can return to their normal activities two to three weeks after a facelift.
- It may take several months for swelling to fully subside and up to six months for incision lines to heal.
Your surgeon may prescribe medication to relieve pain and antibiotics to reduce infection.