As we age, years of sun exposure, stress, and pollutants cause bothersome wrinkles to etch themselves into our skin. As your face ages, you look older than you feel on the inside.
Facelifts can turn back the effects of gravity, exposure to the sun, and daily stress by removing excess skin, tightening the cheeks and neck, and sculpting the fat and muscles beneath. If you have loose skin or jowls hanging from your face or beneath your chin, and it bothers you, then it’s time for facelift.
Your Individual Goals
You need to discuss your goals and expectations with Dr. Moses. He will tell you—honestly and bluntly—what the surgery will and won’t do for you. Facelifts are often combined with other facial surgeries, such as a forehead lift (brow lift), a blepharoplasty for your eyelids, or a chin implant. Together, you and Dr. Moses will discuss your choices and decide which procedures he recommends to achieve your desired result.
For your safety and comfort, most facelifts are performed while you are asleep under general anesthesia at our outpatient surgical center. Usually facelifts take 2½ to 3½ hours, depending on what other procedures are also being done. Dr. Moses will determine the unique details of your procedure, such as where to place incisions to minimize their visibility. He will tighten your muscles and skin, while removing excess skin and fat and bringing the facial fat back to where it was when you were younger.
Recovery from Facelift Surgery
After your facelift, you’ll have a bulky dressing around your entire head for a day or two. Dr. Moses will ask you to keep your head elevated on a couple of pillows for a few days to decrease bleeding and swelling. The drains will be removed with the dressing on the first or second day after your facelift.
Your face will be bruised and puffy for a couple of weeks. You may also feel some numbness for a couple of months following a facelift. The scars will become less noticeable after a few weeks. At that point, most patients are very happy with their facelift, but the results continue to look better and more natural for at least six months.
After a Facelift
Dr. Moses is a board certified plastic surgeon. He knows the importance of feeling confident in your appearance. Wrinkles, jowls, or sagging skin on your face should not make you look older than you feel inside. After your facelift, you should feel and look younger and rested, but you’ll still look like you. Over time, the results of your facelift will keep you looking younger for years than you would look without the surgery. Good facelifts look so natural that no one should know you had surgery. Months afterward, when you see your “before” photos, you’ll be amazed at the transformation you have undergone.