A Facelift (Rhytidectomy) improves the most visible signs of aging by removing excess fat, tightening underlying muscles, and redrapes the skin of your face and neck. For a consultation on Facelift Surgery in the Bay Area, East Bay, Blackhawk, Central Valley, Manteca, Danville, Walnut Creek, Pleasanton, San Ramon, Livermore, Dublin, Tracy, Modesto, Stockton, and Tri-Valley areas in Alameda County, CA, call Dr. Robert Gray, a dual board certified facial plastic surgeon.
Facelift Surgery - Lifestyle Lift in the Tri-Valley
Facelift Before & Afters
What is a Rhytidectomy?
Incisions placed around the ear in natural creases are made to allow the skin and underlying tissue to be repositioned to a more youthful contour. While a Facelift cannot stop the aging process, it can often make a person appear to be a decade younger. The Facelift Surgery is the fifth-most common of cosmetic surgery procedures performed in the United States.
How is Facelift Surgery performed?
A variety of techniques are used selectively depending on the patients needs. The most common methods involve freeing a portion of the facial skin, repositioning the underlying fat and then removing excess skin. Fat may be trimmed or suctioned around the neck and chin to provide definition, and the muscles of the neck are often tightened to a smoother, more youthful appearance. Some patients may be treated with less invasive techniques, such as minimal incision endocsopic techniques or with short scar variations.
How long does the procedure last?
A Facelift Surgery takes an average of two to three hours depending upon the complexity of the procedure and may take longer if additional surgeries, such as eyelid surgery or brow lifts are done simultaneously.
What are the possible side effects?
Swelling and bruising occur but are usually gone in a few weeks. Patients generally feel a numbing sensation and skin tightness that should return to normal within weeks. To avoid tension and scarring, patients should slowly return to their normal activities.
Is there any downtime?
Recovery takes two to three weeks, and most patients can resume normal activities in two weeks.
What are possible complications?
Complications are relatively infrequent. The most common problem is bleeding, which most often can be treated in the office, but sometimes requires additional surgery. Small wound problems, such as delayed healing or open wounds, may generally be managed by local wound care. Rarely, significant skin loss can develop, particularly in patients with a history of tobacco use. Injury to the facial nerve, resulting in facial muscle weakness, is occasionally encountered. This is almost always temporary and resolves within weeks to months. Infection, anesthetic complications and drug allergies may occur as in any surgery.
What are the results?
Patients will enjoy a more youthful appearance as the Facelift counters the sagging effects of aging.
What can patients expect post-surgery?
Patients can expect swelling and bruising post-surgery. Depending on your particular surgery, you may be advised to rest for a few days at home. Some less invasive techniques may allow patients to return to normal activity within a few days, but many patients will wish to remain mainly at home for the first week. Elevation of the head is recommended to promote less swelling. Patients generally return to work in two weeks and gradually resume athletic activity three weeks after surgery.
Does a Facelift get rid of wrinkles?
A Facelift improves the appearance of wrinkles but does not eliminate them. Chemical or laser resurfacing after the surgery helps to smooth wrinkles and lines. Facial fillers such as Restylane® or facial implants may also be used to address some areas.
How does the procedure feel?
Minimal to moderate pain and discomfort are associated with a Facelift. A feeling of tightness after the facelift surgery is normal.
How long do the results last?
The duration of benefit varies depending on the patient’s tissue characteristics and surgical methods, but patients generally will obtain 6-10 years of improvement.
What are alternative treatments?
Non-surgical facial procedures are alternatives to the traditional Facelift . Alternatives might include minimally invasive lifts performed with barbed thread, various lasers or radio frequency treatments. Chemical and laser peels can also be used to treat signs of aging.
How long does the procedure take?
A Facelift usually takes two to three hours to perform.
Instructions before surgery:
It is important to avoid any medication which might affect bleeding. Medications such as Advil®, aspirin, Motrin® and similar pain relievers interfere with platelet function and should be discontinued at least 10 days prior to surgery. Many over-the-counter drugs, supplements and vitamins can affect bleeding. You should tell your doctor about any such medications or dietary supplements. Smoking and nicotine patches must be discontinued. You should discuss how many weeks your surgeon requires you to be tobacco free (generally at least 2-4 weeks). Dr. Gray may instruct you to not eat or drink after midnight the day before surgery. Follow all of your doctor’s instructions.
Instructions after surgery:
You should take pain medications as needed. Patients undergoing typical Facelift.should keep their heads elevated by using a few pillows or sitting in a chair. It is best to avoid excessive talking for a few days. Dr. Gray may instruct you on suture line care. Your incisions should be kept dry for a few days. Severe pain or swelling should be reported immediately to your surgeon.
A Quick Reference Guide - How to conquer things you see in the mirror that annoy you most!
|What You Don't Like!||What You Can Do About It!|
|Brown Spots||IPL Photo Facial, Microlaser Peel, Chemical Peels|
|Dark Circles / Bags Under Eyes||Restylane filler, Eyelid surgery|
|Lip Lines||Filler, Botox, Laser Resurfacing|
|Acne Scars||Profractional / Microlaser Peel|
|Age Lines and Wrinkles||Profractional / Microlaser Peel|
|Thin Lips||Fillers or Lip Procedures|
|Jowls, Neck Laxity||SkinTyte II™ or Mini-lift|
|Unwanted Hair||Laser Hair Removal|
|Spider Veins on Face or Legs||Vascular Laser|
|Lines Between the Brow or Eyes||Botox, Dysport, XEOMIN|
|Red Flushing on Face or Chest||Sciton IPL Photo Facial|
|Dull, Uneven Skin, Wide Pores||Obagi Skin Care, IPL, Photo Facial, DermaSweep|
|Severe Unwanted Perspiration||Botox|
|Too Much Stress||Relaxing Facial and Massage|