Facelift in East County
One of the first places aging is noticeable is on the face. As we age, things like facial lines, wrinkles, and skin laxity can develop. These signs of aging can be detrimental to your self-esteem, personal image, or social interactions. Fortunately, a facelift procedure can treat signs of aging in the mid and lower face. A facelift can reverse many of the signs of aging in your face, but cannot prevent you from aging further.
What Can Facelift Surgery Do For You?
Wrinkles can form due to sun exposure, smoking, and repeated muscle movements. Wrinkles grow more evident with age, especially as your skin grows more lax over time. This process creates the appearance of age, but it can be reversed. Facelift surgery can tighten the skin and underlying tissues of the face, reducing the noticeability of wrinkles.
The muscles in the neck are not immune to age. Over time they weaken, allowing the skin and other tissue around the jaw to sag and become jowls. Jowls are flaps of skin and fat that hang from the chin and obscure the jawline. Facelift surgery can re-tighten lax muscles around the jaw and reduce the appearance of jowls. This provides a stronger, more youthful-looking jawline.
Unlike many other areas of the body, the face tends to lose rather than gain fat over time. This is a natural process, but sometimes it happens too fast, creating a thin and gaunt appearance. A facelift procedure lifts lax muscles back to their previous positions, allowing the face to establish the fat deposits that are a hallmark of youth and vigor.
How Is Facelift Surgery in East County, San Diego Performed?
Before your procedure, you will meet with your surgeon for a consultation. Here, Dr. Jindal will examine your existing facial structure, discuss your goals for the procedure, and make recommendations based upon those factors. He will also explain the steps you will go through before, during, and after the operation. This is also where the price of your personalized facelift will be determined.
A facelift may be performed with a local anesthetic, a light general anesthetic, or general anesthesia, depending on the amount of correction required. Incisions are usually made in the hairline and extend behind the ears. This allows for the resulting scars to be more easily concealed.
During the surgery, excess skin and tissue will be removed. The remaining skin will be re-draped over the new facial contours, creating a more youthful appearance. This procedure will reduce or remove wrinkles, sagging skin, and hanging jowls. The incisions will be sealed with stitches at the end of the surgery to promote healing and minimize scarring. Depending on the amount of swelling that occurs after your surgery, small tubes may need to be placed to promote drainage of the healing incisions.
Facelift surgery is effective as a standalone procedure when it comes to reducing the appearance of age. However, many patients choose to couple their facelift with other procedures that enhance the appearance of areas other than the mid and lower face.Periareolar
- Brow lift surgery reduces wrinkles and tightens skin on the upper third of the face. It is often used to open sightlines and reduce frown lines.
- Neck lift surgery reduces muscle banding on the neck and removes loose and hanging skin.
- Eyelid surgery removes wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes, and can also remove fat deposits that make you look perpetually tired or angry.
- BOTOX® Cosmetic is a non-invasive injectable treatment designed to reduce wrinkles by preventing muscle contractions.
- Dermal fillers are injectable treatments meant to restore volume to the face.
RecoveryYou will be provided instructions on how to care for your healing incisions during your initial recovery. Following these instructions will help you heal faster and provide you with more optimal outcomes. You will need someone to take you home after the surgery, and ideally stay with you for up to 24 hours following your procedure.
Most patients should be able to return to work and resume non-strenuous activities within one to two weeks. The majority of patients will be capable of resuming vigorous activities within four to six weeks.
PainFacelift surgery is performed under either general anesthesia, local anesthetic, or general anesthesia. As such, you should experience little to no pain during the procedure itself. You may experience swelling and mild to moderate pain around your incisions immediately after your surgery. This may be treated with prescription or over-the-counter anti-inflammatory or pain medication as needed. Some patients may find that cold compresses are sufficient to ensure their comfort.
ScarsAs with any surgical procedure, scarring will occur. The good news is that facelift incisions are made in the hairline and behind the ears and are rarely visible. The scars that occur as a result of facelift surgery will fade over time. This process may be accelerated by keeping your scars out of direct sunlight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
CostThe cost of facelift surgery varies depending on a series of factors. These may include the fees associated with the surgical facility, anesthesiologist, surgeon, and the cost of tests and medications before and after the procedure. Because all of these factors can vary wildly, it is impossible to give an accurate facelift price estimate until consulting with your surgeon at Coastal Plastic Surgeons.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- Allergic reactions to anesthesia
- Prolonged swelling
- Nerve injury or loss of sensation
- Poor wound healing
- Unfavorable scarring
- Hair loss around the incision sites
- Skin discoloration
- Facial asymmetry
Patients should have realistic expectations for their results. A facelift cannot entirely change your appearance; it only highlights your natural beauty. You will be expected to follow pre and post-operative instructions to ensure a safe recovery with optimal results.