With time, gravity, and sun exposure you may experience loosening of the skin and underlying facial muscles leading to a tired or aged appearance. Facelifts are usually done on men and women in their 40's-60's to give a rejuvenated appearance. However, results are favorable for those in the 60-80 age range as well.
Facelift surgery is used to reshape or contour the lower two-thirds of the face. A facelift will provide tightening of the skin and muscles to improve cheek, jowl, and neck contour. Dr. Rosso uses the latest techniques in facial contouring. Incisions are hidden behind the hairline, inside the ear, as well as behind the ear and scalp leaving patients with minimal hidden scars. After underlying muscles are tightened and fat suctioned, the excess skin is pulled up and back, trimmed, and sutured into place. Liposuctioning and underlying muscle tightening as needed will leave you with a natural, well-rested appearance. Finally, a neck lift is part of the lower face lift that improves the neck and jaw line.
After surgery, a bandage will be wrapped around your head to help relieve some swelling. Drains are also placed to help drain fluids that may accumulate, and are removed the following day. After 48 hours the bandages will be removed, and you will be able to shower. Stitches in front of the ear are removed within the first week, and the rest of the sutures will be removed within two weeks. Makeup may be worn to conceal bruising. By 10 to 14 days non-strenuous work and light exercise may be resumed. After 4 to 6 weeks, more strenuous exercise may be resumed. The final results will be apparent within one year.
This procedure is done as an out-patient using IV sedation and local anesthesia. It usually takes 2 to 3 hours and may be performed along with other facial procedures.
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