A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is a unique cosmetic procedure that smooths the facial skin around the cheeks and jaws, as well as on the upper neck. This is accomplished by pulling the skin upward. In some cases, excess fatty tissue is removed prior to stretching the skin back in place. It sounds like a complicated procedure, but it is really rather simple. Facelifts are performed by surgeons all over the world, and the results are often quite long-lasting. Individuals who are experiencing drooping skin on the face and unsightly wrinkle lines on the cheeks can restore their youthful appearance by undergoing a rhytidectomy. We offer complete consultation services for those who wish to erase age-related sagging and creases on the face and neck.
What The Procedure Involves
Before the procedure is scheduled, we consult with our client and examine the face closely. We determine whether the folds and creases are being caused by a buildup of fatty tissues, the effects of gravity, thickening skin or a combination of these. We then determine if a facelift is an option for you. During a traditional facelift procedure, the skin is lifted slightly. Excess tissue on the cheeks or jaws is also removed. The skin is then pulled upward.
What Patients Should Know
Because an anesthetic is given prior to the surgery, patients will need to have someone come with them to the clinic. It would be too dangerous to drive home while still under slight sedation. After the surgery is complete, which generally takes a couple of hours, an antibiotic will be prescribed, and the client will be given instructions on how to clean the areas around the stitches. Two or three follow-up visits are usually needed. The results are long-lasting, with most patients reporting positive results for two or more years. The procedure can also be repeated every several years if necessary.
Learn More About Facelift Surgery
Facelifts are popular because they reposition the skin, as well as take care of excess tissue buildup, particularly fatty tissues. This is a more practical approach to the problem of wrinkles and creases than the superficial skin resurfacing techniques offered by many salons and dermatologists. At the office of Dr. Wendell Perry, MD in Miramar, we can evaluate your unique situation and answer any questions you may have. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment to see how a facelift can help you restore a more youthful appearance.