Facelift

If You're Considering a Facelift . . .

As we age and expose to the sun, our skin and the fat over our face tends to sag. This affects more over the mid face (cheek area) and results in nasolabial folds (laugh lines form the side of the nose to the lips). Some develop jowls and in others the neck tends to sag. The fat in the midface tends to drop vertically down and this results in a deflated face. Rhytidectomy or a face lift cannot reverse the effects of aging but it can certainly can turn the clock back so that you look a decade younger.

All facelifts are not equal and in the past it has been associated with stigmata of a tight and stretched face. It was as if women with facelifts could be recognized a mile away in a party. Well, the good news is that things have changed. Facelifts are now done very differently. The downtime is reduced to a week and surgeons are doing less to achieve more. A facelift by Dr. Rane has minimally to near invisible incisions after surgery. The predominant correction of sagging is vertically up so that your face looks full and not stretched. The before and after photos below will show you how a natural face can be created without the typical facelift look. It is as if a decade has been taken away from your face. Their face is not changed it is just more youthful and rejuvenated.

Types of Facelift:

  • Full Facelift: Includes lifting your midface (cheek fat pads), improving your lines by your nose, eliminating your jowls and finally improving the contour of the neck dramatically.
  • Neck Lift: eliminates your jowls and improves the contour of your neck dramatically.
  • Mid Facelift: Includes lifting your cheek fat pad. Commonly combined with eyelid surgery

All Surgery Carries Some Uncertainty and Risk

When a facelift is performed by Dr. Rane, complications are infrequent and usually minor. You will have swelling over your face which will take 7-10 days to subside. You can rarely develop a hematoma or collection of blood. If it does you may require an additional surgery to remove the blood clots. Smoking can impair healing and this can result in some areas not healing. It is therefore very important to stop smoking prior to surgery to reduce complications. Rarely you may have some asymmetry of face temporarily due to the swelling. This will subside.

Where Your Surgery Will Be Performed

A facelift will be performed at an outpatient surgery center, or a hospital. It's usually done on an outpatient basis. If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, you may require a short inpatient stay.

Types of Anesthesia

Your facelift will be performed under local anesthesia and sedation if you have an S Lift. If you have a neck lift or a regular facelift the surgery will be done under general anesthesia so that you will sleep through the procedure.

The Surgery

A facelift usually takes 3-4 hours or somewhat longer if you're having more than one procedure done.

The incision is placed in the sideburn or barely into your hairline. The incision then runs just around the cartilage in front of the ear and then tracks behind the ear onto the hair behind the ear. The skin and fat are then lifted and your fascia is then tightened. This allows the face lift to lasts much longer. The vertical direction of the facelift correction results in a very natural appearing face following the surgery. The fat is also trimmed and excess loose skin is then removed. Sometimes an additional incision is placed underneath the neck to allow correction of the neck. All the sutures are placed under the skin and do not need to be removed. A small drain is left at the end of the surgery to allow the blood to be drained. The drain is removed in a few days after the surgery.

After Your Surgery

There will be some swelling on your face after the surgery. The swelling can be reduced by application of ice and sleeping in the upright position. Facelift are not very painful and you will receive pain medications to reduce your discomfort. If you have persistent pain, please call me so I can check out whether you have a hematoma or not. There may some asymmetry of the face as there may be more swelling on one side than the other. The skin over the face may be numb for a very few weeks to a month or so.

Your drainage tube will be removed one or two days after surgery. The swelling and bruising will subside in a week to 10 days, so please be patient.

Getting Back to Normal

You will be up and about the next day or so. Take it easy and give some time for your face to heal. It may take 10 days to two weeks for the swelling to subside and you will be to visit your friends and attend social functions at that time. You can walk briskly in two weeks and you perform aerobic exercises in four to six weeks. You can apply make up on your face in a week to 10 days to camouflage your bruises if you have any.<

Your New Look

As your swelling on your face subsides you will start seeing the results of the surgery. You will see that your face outline will be more defined and your will appear youthful. You will look in the mirror and thank yourself for doing this to your face.

Come join hundreds of patients who have undergone a facelift and enjoy looking in the mirror everyday