Learn about facelifts and what they could do for you from your Clemmons facial plastic surgeon.
Looking young has never been so important as it has become in recent years. As we age, the elements in our skin which make it firm and taut, such as elastin and collagen, begin to break down. Skin begins to sag and wrinkles begin to form. However, a facelift can tighten the skin, rejuvenating your appearance and giving you a younger appearance in just one procedure.
What is a facelift procedure?
A facelift, known medically as a rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure to tighten the facial skin and remove unwanted wrinkles or folds in the face. The sagging, excess skin is pulled taught to tighten it, eliminating wrinkles and folds. The best candidates for facelift surgery are from 40 to 70 years old, with some elasticity left in the skin. You should be in good general health and have realistic expectations for the outcome of your procedure. While a facelift is not the fountain of youth, it does provide a rejuvenated, refreshed and younger appearance.
What can I expect during the procedure?
Before the procedure, you will have a consultation with your Clemmons surgeon to go over expectations, what will happen during the surgery and what recovery will be like. Before your surgery, prepare ice packs, gauze, clean towels and anything else you will need during recovery. During surgery, your surgeon makes incisions along the hairline and under the chin. Your surgeon can manipulate the underlying muscle and tissue through these incisions. The procedure takes about two to six hours and recovery lasts about two to three weeks. Bruising and swelling are normal and the first few days of recovery are the hardest.
How can my surgeon help?
Your facial surgeon can provide you with all of the information you will need on facelifts, the procedure itself, reasonable expectations and questions about recovery. Your initial consultation is your time to ask any questions and address any concerns you may have. Consult with your surgeon to determine if a facelift is the best cosmetic surgery procedure for you.
For more information on facelift surgery, please contact Dr. Jordan Wallin and Dr. Brian Downs at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Clemmons, NC. Call (336) 716-4000 to schedule your consultation for a facelift today!