Face Lift


A facelift is a surgical method that removes excess facial skin to make the face appear younger. A traditional facelift procedure is performed through an incision starting in the hair or hairline above and in front of the ear (the temporal region). The incision is extended downward in front of the ear, comes under the ear and then upward behind the ear ending in the hair or hairline behind the ear.
The skin and fatty tissues are then lifted off the underlying muscle and fascia (connective tissue) as far forward as is necessary to correct the loose skin problem. The underlying muscle and fascia can be tightened with sutures if the surgeon feels it is necessary.
The skin is pulled back and upward and the excess skin removed. The wound is then closed with sutures and skin staples. Some surgeons leave a drain in the wounds to remove excess blood. Bandages are then applied. There are surgical techniques which go into deeper tissues rather than under the skin and fat. The results are similar.

Even though most patients experience minimal pain after surgery, the surgeon will still prescribe medication. Some degree of swelling and bruising is unavoidable, and your surgeon may instruct you to use cold compresses to keep swelling to a minimum.
If a dressing has been applied, it will be removed within one to two days. The surgeon will also instruct you to keep your head elevated when lying down, to avoid as much activity as possible, and to report any undue discomfort. Although there are few complications in facelift surgery (thousands are performed each year), some risk exists in any surgery. In some cases, a drainage tube may have been inserted during surgery.
This will be removed on the first or second day after surgery. All sutures and staples are usually removed within five to 10 days following surgery.

Surgeons generally recommend that patients avoid vigorous activity. Patients should prearrange for post-surgery support from family and friends. Recovery usually takes two to three weeks, though many patients go back to work in two weeks. Scars are usually not noticeable after enough time has passed for them to mature.
In any case, they are easily disguised in natural skin creases, by the hair, or, in persistent cases, by makeup until total healing has occurred. Since surgery does not stop the aging process some relaxation of tissues can occur over the first few weeks. The goal of an artistic facelift is natural beauty without the tell tale signs of being "overdone".