Facelift in Virginia Beach
A facelift surgery is a type of surgery to correct varying degrees of age in the face and neck, almost always the signs of aging first appear in these areas. You may think and feel very young, but may have a very tired or sad appearance as the neck and jaw line begin to sag and lose their youthful contours. You may notice wrinkles and creases in your face and around the eye with furrows and frown lines in your forehead. Marionette lines begin to form between your cheeks and chin while creases set into the nasolabial folds at the corners of your mouth.
About Facelift Surgery
The fat in your cheeks descends, leaving you with sagging jowls, while the fat in your neck increases forming a double chin or creases that leave you with deep, unsightly bands. You may develop “turkey waddle” as the neck muscles (platysma) lose their elasticity, weaken and sag.
The causes may be hereditary or environmental (lifestyle). It doesn’t matter – it happens to all of us! That’s the bad news – the good news is here at The Choe Center in Virginia Beach, VA we can safely and effectively turn back the clock at least 10 years with one of our lift procedures!
We have also included a listing of typical complementary procedures patients choose to have in addition to their facelift.
Are you a candidate?
Every patient who undergoes facelift surgery must be in good overall health. Any history of heart conditions or disease, or any autoimmune conditions warrant telling the surgeon prior to the procedure.
Good candidates for this procedure should also have sufficient skin elasticity, due to the fact that the skin will be stretched during the procedure.
Having realistic expectations about the outcome of surgery is also vital. Although surgery can provide you with a more youthful look, you must be realistic in what is possible and what may be accomplished. You will look like you do now, only improved.
What is the Facelift Procedure?
Most facelift procedures begin with either general or local anesthesia. They can also include sedation, where you are fully awake, but numbed to any pain.
Incisions are then created along the hairline and around the ears. Skin is then lifted away from the face, and the underlying tissue rearranged. Excess skin is removed, and the remaining skin re-draped over the face. The incisions are closed with sutures, and the procedure is complete.
A post-operative appointment will usually occur the day following surgery. During this appointment, your bandages may be changed by the surgeon. However, no sutures or staples will be removed for an additional 4-5 days following surgery.
Sometimes, other procedures are performed at the same time as a face lift. These procedures can include blepharoplasty and the injection of dermal fillers. Of course, these procedures will need to be collaborated on by both the patient and the surgeon so that the patient’s desired look can be achieved.
My friends cannot believe how natural I look after my lower face lift! There was literally no pain and the healing was fast. Dr. Choe is a very caring, kind and concerned Doctor who I will recommend to anyone considering facial plastic surgery. He is the expert! Thanks to Dr. Choe and his staff, I could not be happier with my results.
Full Facelift Recovery
You may experience mild to moderate discomfort in the days following facelift surgery. Painkillers are usually prescribed for this. Antibiotics may also be prescribed in order to ward off infection. Bruising and swelling are very common with this procedure and can take some time to dissipate.
Physical activity be limited following face lift surgery, particularly any activity which involves the muscles in the face or may lead to injury. Although the surgeon will provide a timeline for each patient’s unique recovery needs, you can expect to be off of work for up to one week following surgery.
Benefits of Full Facelift
- Safe, effective and among the most popular for its long lasting results
- Reverses the many unwanted signs of aging
- Restores balance and harmony to the aging face
- Smooths & tightens skin of the face & neck
- Very common procedure chosen by people in their 40s-50s & older
- An effective plastic surgery procedure for men & women
Risks of the procedure
You may experience excessive pain and redness, which are both risks of this procedure. Another risk is a high temperature. Any of these symptoms should result in a call to your surgeon right away. Temperature can be monitored at home with the purchase of a thermometer, which is available from most drug stores and pharmacies.
Educating yourself about all of the facets of this surgery is crucial, as it will help you to thoroughly understand the process before you go through it. Many surgeons will make this mandatory so that their patients are completely prepared for surgery.
Frequently asked questions about Facelift
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