Face Lift Surgery
What is Facelift Surgery?
A facelift, also known as a Rhytidectomy, helps to reduce the signs of aging in the face and neck area. It is used to improve sagging in the middle of your face; remove creases below the lower eyelids, eliminate deep creases along the nose down to the corner of the mouth, strengthen loss of skin tone in the lower face and treat loose skin and excess fat deposits under the chin and jaw.
Contours that suffer from heredity, gravity, environmental issues and stress can be restored. By restoring a more youthful appearance and youthful contours to the face, you will have improved self-confidence and a rejuvenated appearance.
Please note that a facelift will not change your natural appearance, and cannot stop the natural aging process.
Are you a candidate for a facelift?
As with most elective cosmetic procedures, there are several basic criteria that determine if you’re a good candidate for facelift surgery. They include:
- You have excessive wrinkles and sagging facial skin
- You enjoy relatively good health without any medical conditions that could jeopardize your healing or present surgical risks
- You’re a non-smoker (smoking can impair the healing process), and you have realistic expectations on what the surgery can do for you.
Cost for facelift surgery
The costs involved in this procedure include facility/hospital fees, medical tests, anesthesia fees, Dr. Jimerson’s fee and any medication or post-operative garments that may be required. Our staff will provide you with a detailed cost estimate for your procedure.
The Recovery Process
Your results will appear slowly as the bruising and swelling decrease. Once the swelling diminishes, you will see a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance.
Various surgical techniques are used depending on the amount of correction that is required. They include a traditional facelift, a limited incision facelift and a neck lift.
In the traditional facelift, the incision begins at the hairline and continues around the ear down to the lower scalp area. Fat may be sculpted or redistributed from the face, the jowls or the neck, and Dr. Jimerson will reposition the underlying tissues. Often, deep layers of the face and muscle are also lifted, and excess skin is trimmed.
If the neck shows excessive aging, an additional incision under the chin may be required.
In the limited incision facelift, the incision is made at the temples, continuing around the back of the ear. These shorter incisions promote less scarring and faster recovery.
A neck lift often is used to correct loose skin and fat that accumulates under the chin and sagging jowls. The incision for this procedure starts in the front of the ear lobe and wraps around behind the ear, terminating in the lower scalp
The incisions are closed and are concealed within the natural contours of the face and ear, as well as within the hairline.
Risks involved in facelift surger
As with any surgical procedure, there are some potential risks or complications. You have to determine if the benefits that you’ll obtain from your procedure outweigh the risks involved.
Dr. Jimerson and his trained staff will do everything possible to minimize risks and post-operative complications. Risks may include:
- Anesthesia • Bleeding • Infection • Scarring •Poor wound healing • Facial nerve injury • Temporary or permanent hair loss at the incision site • Poor symmetry • Undesirable scarring • Possible need to revise the surgery • Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary complications • Allergies to tape, sutures, glues, etc.
It’s important to discuss any concerns you have with Dr. Jimerson prior to your surgery. If you have a question – please ask!
Meeting with Dr. Jimerson
He will discuss you specific goals, take a medical history and review your current medications. Photos are usually taken, both before and after the surgery.
You will also be able to learn what options are available to you, along with the risks and possible complications of the procedure.
Questions to ask Dr. Jimerson
Here are some questions to consider:
– What surgical technique is recommended?
– How long will the recovery period be for my surgery?
– What risks are associated with my surgery?
– What type of complications can happen?
– When will I be able to see the results of my surgery?
– Do you think that I’m a good candidate for this procedure?
Bes sure to ask any other questions you have about Dr. Jimerson, the procedure or anything else that concerns you about your surgery.
Facelift surgery preparation
If you smoke, you must stop several weeks prior the surgery, as it can severely impeded the healing process.
Finally, you should arrange to have someone available to drive you home after your surgery, and to be with you for the first night.
You should use sun protection at all times to help keep your renewed appearance. As swelling reduces, you will see a smoother, better defined face with a more youthful appearance.
Be sure to follow Dr. Jimerson’s instruction following your procedure to obtain optimal results. Avoid excessive force, motion or abrasions during the healing process, and wear clothing that does not have to be pulled over your head.
Why use Dr. Jimerson and the Advanced Plastic Surgery Solutions team?
The team is committed to meet your unique needs, with a natural, long-lasting look. Because of his expertise, Dr. Jimerson offers patients reduced operative times, which means faster recovery times. In addition, he strives to use techniques that are safer than traditional procedures.
Schedule your appointment
The best way to determine if facelift surgery is right for you is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jimerson. The doctor will discuss the procedure, evaluate your concerns relating to your body and answer any questions you may have. To schedule your appointment click here.