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Is a Facelift Right for Me?
If you’re bothered by signs of aging in your face, a facelift procedure may be right for you. The Tallahasse Plastic Surgery Clinic is now serving Tallahassee, Dothan, Thomasville, Panama City, Destin & Valdosta patients.
Ideal facelift patients are in good overall health and are non-smokers. Smoking causes issues with skin health, which can lead to a prolonged recovery process and an increased chance of complications. If you are a smoker, you will need to quit for at least two weeks before the surgery and for the entirety of the recovery period. Good candidates also have realistic expectations.
What Does the Procedure Correct?
Technically known as rhytidectomy, a facelift is a surgical procedure used to improve visible signs of aging in the face and neck, such as:
- Sagging in the midface
- Deep creases between the nose and mouth
- Fat that has fallen or is displaced
- Loss of muscle tone in the lower face that may create jowls
- Loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw
This procedure is designed to improve most or all of these aging features, restoring a more youthful, rested appearance with uplifted contours. It also aims to improve the tone in your facial skin and underlying muscle.
What Type of Incisions Are Commonly Used?
The typical incisions for most facelift patients are hidden near the ear and along the scalp line to make them less visible. This allows access for our board certified surgeons to tighten underlying tissue, remove excess fat and reduce sagging skin. A mini–facelift would have a shorter scar. A full facelift addresses the cheeks and the neck.
How Long is the Recovery?
Most patients report that swelling and bruising subside within approximately 1-2 weeks. To aid in the amelioration of post-surgical bruising and swelling, ice pack use is recommended, as is keeping your head elevated above the heart at all times. It will be helpful to use pillows to prop your head up overnight.
Time off from work will be necessary. During the facelift recovery process, it will be important to not bend over or lift heavy objects. Steam rooms and saunas should also be avoided. Painkillers and antibiotics will be prescribed.
You will need to return for a follow-up appointment around a week after the rhytidectomy procedure in order to ensure that all healing is going as expected. Your sutures may be removed during this appointment.
Final results will not be apparent until all swelling is resolved, usually in a few months, and incision lines will continue to fade for about a year. Patients often see improvements almost immediately.
How Much Does a Facelift Cost?
Every facelift is different, and because of this, the price of every facelift is different. Cost is dependent on the details of the procedure, including the total procedure time, the anesthesia type, the techniques used, and many other factors.
Arrange a Consultation
For more information on facelift procedures, schedule your consultation with Tallahassee Plastic Surgery Clinic. Our board certified plastic surgeons will work to deliver desirable, natural results. Call us today to discuss your options, procedure plan, and a personal recovery timeline today.