Coming into the new year, many men and women make it one of their resolutions to finally smooth the lines and wrinkles that plague them in the mirror. A facelift or rhytidectomy is a surgical procedure done to make the patient’s face look more youthful by tightening the skin and smoothing wrinkles. At Georgia Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, we offer safe and effective facelift surgery with maximum patient safety and comfort.
What is Facelift Surgery?
There are many creams, products and other temporary skin rejuvenation treatments on the cosmetic market, many of which either deliver minimal results or create results that do not last past a few short months. Facelift surgery is a more permanent solution to smoothing wrinkles and rejuvenating the skin, and this procedure has advanced in order to maximize results and minimize downtime and healing.
The incision and surgical techniques used during your procedure may depend on your individual condition and preferences. These can be discussed with you during your consultation with our medical team, but typically incisions are placed in the hairline and around the ears in order to minimize visible scarring. During a typical facelift procedure, underlying muscles are tightened while excess fat and skin are removed if necessary. The facial skin is then redraped and sutured shut, tightening and smoothing the face.
What Can I Expect After Facelift Surgery?
The results of facelift surgery can be long-lasting when post-surgical instructions are followed. Prior to your procedure, our medical team will advise you of any aftercare that may be necessary for your incision sites. Proper care during the healing process can help prevent infection and reduce the risk of post-surgical complications. Thin drainage tubes may be placed in order to collect excess fluid, and most patients will experience bruising and swelling for several weeks as the tissues heal. But once the full results of a facelift become visible, most patients are satisfied.
How Long Will My Results Last?
Although the results of facelift surgery are meant to be permanent, this procedure cannot completely stop the aging process or the effects of gravity. Maintaining a good skincare regimen can help add longevity to your smoother, tighter skin, and most patients experience years of having a more youthful, relaxed facial profile.
Results may vary, and we will determine during your consultation whether facelift surgery is right for you. Certain contraindicating medical conditions may require further evaluation, but typically men and women who are healthy, do not smoke, have realistic expectations for surgery and who have skin that will respond well to surgery qualify for this procedure.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation and get on track to looking and feeling better in 2016 with facelift surgery.