A face lift (Rhytidectomy) is usually considered by men and women age 35 and over and can improve sagging facial skin by removing excess fat, tightening muscles and redraping skin. The duration of results is usually 5 to 10 years.
A face lift is an outpatient surgery with preparations and procedure encompassing several hours. Anesthesia is sometimes and often general anesthesia may be recommended. Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness and tenderness of skin should be expected. Additionally you may experience a tight feeling simulating very dry skin.
Our patients are usually back to work in 10 to 14 days. (Bruising usually varies from 2 to 3 weeks.) More strenuous activity is not recommended for at least four weeks or more. Exposure to the sun must be limited for a couple months.
Side Effects & Risks
Side Effects: Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness and tenderness of skin; tight feeling, dry skin. For men, permanent need to shave behind ears, where beard-growing skin is repositioned.
Risks: Injury to the nerves that control facial muscles or feeling (usually temporary but may be permanent). Infection, bleeding. Poor healing; excessive scarring. Asymmetry or change in hairline.