Whether you're in your 40s, 50s, 60s or 70s, you might have noticed signs of aging on your face. You might still have good skin tone, but your skin is looser than it used to be. You might see creases, sagging, and wrinkles too. A face lift in Albany at The Plastic Surgery Group can take years away from your appearance. Even if you're beyond your 70s, our plastic surgeons can help you look more refreshed, less tired, and more attractive.
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Just as everyone's face is unique, everyone's facelift surgery is too. Your facelift at our Albany practice will be carefully customized to best suit your unique facial dimensions, skin type, bone structure, and your own personal goals. Many women and men combine their facelift with a neck lift, eyelid surgery, or other facial procedure for a more comprehensive enhancement. The placement of incisions, length of surgery, and the actual methods of surgical procedures will vary depending on the technique your plastic surgeon feels will give you the best possible results.
Facelift surgery involves incisions close to the hairline and the front of the ear as well as behind the ear. In some cases, if the skin under the neck requires tightening, incisions will be made in the area below the chin. Your plastic surgeon will then remove excess fatty tissue, either surgically or through liposuction, that has accumulated on the neck and chin areas. The muscle and tissue under the loosened skin are then tightened, the skin is repositioned, and any excess skin is removed. The incisions are closed by stitches and special clips are used to secure the incisions around the scalp line.
A facelift normally takes a few hours to complete and may take longer if you are having more than one procedure performed. When the surgery is complete, your plastic surgeon may place a temporary drainage tube behind your ear to assist with the elimination of any collected blood from the surgery.
Most people have relatively little discomfort after facelift surgery, and any discomfort that may occur can be quite effectively managed through prescription medication. There is often some loss of sensitivity of some of the skin after the surgery, but this normally disappears within just a short period of time.
Your plastic surgeon may advise you to try to keep your head in an elevated position for a few days following your surgery to help minimize swelling. If you have had bandages placed after your surgery, you can expect them to be removed within a week's time, and the better part of your stitches will most likely come out within the same time period. The special sutures around your scalp might have to remain slightly longer than your stitches because that area may take a little longer to begin to heal.
One of the most important ways to promote the healing process after facelift surgery is to have ample rest and allow your body to focus on the healing process. You'll be active in just a few days, but you should count on relaxing for at least a week after your facelift surgery. Take special care to skip all activity that is arduous, put off sex, and don't do heavy cleaning around the house for a couple of weeks. You should also refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages and taking hot, steamy baths. It's important to avoid exposing yourself to strong, direct sunlight for the first few months as well.
Keep in mind that your face has undergone a significant procedure and it will take some time for it to regain its normal appearance. In the first days and even weeks of your recovery process you may have a feeling of disappointment and even feelings of sadness about the way you look when you see yourself in the mirror. Your face may feel numb in areas. It may look and feel stiff. Your facial movements may be awkward. You will have bruising for a couple of weeks.
But all of these conditions will gradually lessen and your new, freshened appearance will begin to appear within about 3 weeks.
Rarely are there serious or long-lasting complications from facelift surgery. But, as with all surgeries, there are potential complications that may occur. In rare cases, blood may collect under a certain area of the skin that will have to be removed by your plastic surgeon. Also in rare instances, facial muscles or nerves may be affected and cause temporary stiffness or awkward movements.
You should follow the directions your plastic surgeon gives you before and after your facelift surgery to minimize the occurrence of complications and to promote the healing process.
In most cases, facelift surgery is performed on an outpatient basis in a hospital or surgical center. Some plastic surgeons may decide to have a patient stay in the hospital overnight, depending on the type of anesthesia that is used for the surgery. Other medical conditions may necessitate an overnight hospital stay. Your plastic surgeon will discuss these options with you during your consultation.
In most cases, facelift surgery patients are able to return to their jobs within a 2-week period, depending on the individual's healing process and physical stamina.
When you first see your face after your surgery, you may be disappointed about how it looks. You may see some bruising, and you will notice that your face looks swollen. Keep in mind that during your healing process these things will all fade and you will soon see the benefits of your facelift surgery.
Don't expect your face to never age again after facelift surgery. The aging process is a fact of life. However, you will still look more refreshed and younger than if you hadn't had your surgery. Some people have more than one facelift over a period of years to maintain their freshened appearance.
There is no way to avoid permanent scars with facelift surgery. The good news is that these scars are usually quite undetectable because they will be hidden behind your hairline or in the natural folds of your face and around your ears.