Plastic Surgeon in Pearl River, NY Can Make You Look 10 to 15 Years Younger
Stresses of daily life, gravity, sun exposure, and especially time, can take their toll on our necks and faces. The jawline slackens and becomes jowly, the mouth develops lines on either side, and loose folds and fat deposits develop in the neck. Facelifts can correct these issues with muscle tightening, fat removal, and trimming of any excess skin. This procedure gives your face a fresh and youthful look, some patients look 10 to 15 years younger after surgery.
What can a facelift do for me?
A rhytidectomy, which literally means “removal of wrinkles”, also known as a facelift, can rejuvenate the neck area and the mid to lower face area. Patients who want to correct the following are the best candidates for facelifts:
- Deep creases between the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds)
- Deep creases under the eyes
- Jowls due to loss of muscle tone
- Loose skin and fat under the chin and jaw
- Mid-face sagging
- Sagging areas of fat
What won’t a facelift correct?
While facelifts can provide a dramatic change in appearance for patients with the problems mentioned above, they do not stop the process of aging. In time, signs of aging will gradually appear once again.
Facelifts do not change the appearance of the nose, the eyelids, the brow, and some of the mid-face. These areas would be better treated incorporating a brow lift or eyelid surgery with a facelift.
Soft tissue fillers by injection, implants to the trouble areas of the face, and resurfacing of the skin can enhance the effects of a facelift.
Am I a good candidate for a facelift?
Candidates that are best for rhytidectomy:
- Are generally healthy
- Are men or women whose faces have begun to sag, but whose skin still has some elasticity
- Do not smoke
- Have realistic expectations
- Wish to improve one or more of the signs of aging indicated above
Dr. Fiorillo, the most highly demanded cosmetic surgeon in Pearl River, NY, will discuss whether a facelift is right for you during your consultation.
*results may vary
How is a facelift performed?
Typically facelift surgeries are outpatient procedures and may be done in an office-based facility a hospital or a surgery center. The patient can choose between IV sedation or general anesthesia and can expect to be in surgery for about 2 hours.
The technique used is dependent on the surgeon, the extent of the desired correction and the patient’s facial structure. There are two common incision techniques, these are:
- Traditional facelift: This is the full facelift for rejuvenation of the face, jowls and neck. It includes skin trimming and re-draping, lifting and repositioning of muscle and tissue, and fat sculpting. The incision starts at the temple and will travel to the front of the ear, around the ear lobe and then to the lower scalp, behind the ear at the hairline. And sometimes, another incision is made under the chin
- Limited-incision facelift: This procedure is for limited rejuvenation around the mouth and eyes, and may include the nasolabial folds (wrinkles between nose and lip) and other deep creases. Short incisions are made by the temples, around the ears, and sometimes in the lower eyelids and/or under the upper lip
Incisions are closed with tissue glue or stitches after both methods are completed. Scars are hidden in the natural contours of the face and in the hairline.
What is the recovery from a facelift like?
Dr. Fiorillo will wrap the incision areas in bandages and may place drainage tubes. The next day, the tubes will be removed and your hair will be carefully washed. If surgical clips were used they will be removed one week after the facelift, the same time that your stitches are removed.
At the beginning of your recovery time, you may experience swelling, bruising, numbness, and a feeling of tightness or tension around your neck and face. Your face may even look distorted or uneven, and your muscles may feel stiff. Within three to six weeks most of these symptoms will resolve and within a few months, the surgery area will return to normal. Over time, scars will become less raised, less itchy and less red.
By the third week, many patients return to work. Concealing cosmetics can be used to cover the appearance of bruising and raised areas.
While you are recovering, be gentle with your skin and hair. While shaving, men may need to pay attention to the area behind the neck and ears where beard-growing skin has been moved.
What are the risks of a facelift?
As with all surgeries, there are possible complications relating to a facelift. These include infection, bruising, bleeding, discoloration, uneven swelling, allergic reaction to anesthesia, temporary or permanent loss of sensation in the face, and skin blistering (which is usually only seen in smokers). During your consultation with Dr. Fiorillo, he will discuss the risks and benefits of a facelift, so that you can make an educated decision. Dr. Fiorillo is an expert cosmetic surgeon in Pearl River, NY and will guide you through all the details and provide you with pre-op and post-op instructions, which when followed carefully, will aid in preventing or limiting complications or side effects.
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