A rhytidectomy, more commonly known as a "facelift", is a dramatic solution to sagging skin and wrinkles that appear with age. This procedure can vary greatly, depending on the kind of results that you are hoping for. The face lift procedure involves the removal of excess skin, the tightening of tissues and muscles, and the smoothing of wrinkles. It is one of the most frequently done procedures, owing to the powerful rejuvenating outcome it provides.
Contact us to ask our Charlotte plastic surgeon if a facelift is right for you!
One large indicator that you may be perfect for a facelift is if you have noticed the presence of sagging skin around the middle of your face, or in the jaw area. Other signs that you could be one who could greatly benefit from this procedure are loss of muscle tone in the face, sagging skin around the neck, and noticeable creases around your nose and mouth.
Facelifts are highly attractive to most because of their long-lasting results; one surgery can produce an effect for ten years or more. In addition, the procedure can vastly improve multiple areas of the face in a single surgery.
An incision just within the hairline just above the ear is made. This serves to hide the surgical wound. This continues down along the front edge of the ear, around the earlobe, and then up and behind the ear extending back into the hairline. A similar incision is then repeated on the other side. The skin from the incision line down to the neck and below the chin is then separated from the underlying tissues. Fat and excess tissue are removed while the muscles are tightened. Excess skin from the original incision is trimmed. Finally, the skin is pulled back into place and the incision closed with sutures or staples.
After the surgery, pressure bandages will be needed to prevent hematoma. You will also need to take antibiotics for several days in order to prevent infection. Physical activities, especially of the face and neck, will have to be greatly limited immediately after the surgery. To minimize swelling, cold compresses may be used several days after the procedure. Sutures may be removed seven to ten days after the procedure.
If you are taking aspirin or related medications that may interfere with blood clotting, you will need to stop taking this also to prevent excessive bleeding.
If you are considering getting all the benefits that a facelift can offer you, we encourage you to reach out to our world-renowned Charlotte plastic surgeon, Victor S. Ferrari. With over 20 years of experience and over 10,000 surgeries performed, you would be hard pressed to find a doctor who is more talented.
In addition, he is known for devoting extra time and attention to each of his patients, making sure that they are all comfortable and cared for during every phase. We offer flexible payment plans so that everyone can afford the look they've always dreamed of.
Call us at (704) 288-5554 to schedule your first appointment with Dr. Ferrari.