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What is a facelift? A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the face and neck, such as:
•Sagging in the middle of your face
•Deep creases below the lower eyelids
•Deep creases along the nose extending to the corner of the mouth
•Fat that has fallen or has disappeared
•Loss of skin tone in the lower face that creates jowls
•Loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw can give even a person of normal weight the appearance of a double chin
The loss of youthful contours in the face can be due to a variety of factors, including heredity, gravity, environmental conditions, and stress.  Rejuvenation procedures typically performed in conjunction with a facelift are brow lift, to correct a sagging or deeply furrowed brow, and eyelid surgery to rejuvenate aging eyes

What a facelift won't do. As a restorative surgery, a facelift does not change your fundamental appearance and cannot stop the aging process.  A facelift can only be performed surgically; non-surgical rejuvenation treatments cannot achieve the same results, but may help delay the time at which a facelift becomes appropriate and complement the results of surgery

Facelift candidates. In general, good candidates for a facelift include:
•Healthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that impair healing
•Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic expectations

Facelift recovery. During your facelift recovery, a bandage might be placed around your face to minimize swelling and bruising once your procedure is completed. Thin tubes may be present to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect under the skin.  You will be given specific instructions that may include how to care for the surgical site and drains, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health, and when to follow up with your plastic surgeon.  Be sure to ask your plastic surgeon specific questions about what you can expect during your individual recovery period.
•Where will I be taken after my surgery is complete?
•What medication will I be given or prescribed after surgery?
•Will I have dressings/bandages after surgery?
•When will they be removed?
•Are stitches removed? When?
•When can I wear make-up?
•When can I resume normal activity and exercise?
•When can I see my stylist for hair color and cut?

Facelift before and after results. It may take a few months for swelling to fully dissipate and for incision lines to mature. Life-long sun protection and a healthy lifestyle will help extend the results of your rejuvenated, more youthful appearance.  As swelling and bruising subside, the visible improvements of a facelift appear. Your final result should not only provide a more youthful and rested appearance, but also help you feel more confident about yourself. Although good results are expected from your procedure, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure and another surgery may be necessary. Following your physician’s instructions is essential to the success of your surgery.  It is important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing. Avoid wearing any clothing that must go over your head.  Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself

Facelift risks and safety information. The decision to have a facelift is extremely personal. You will have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals, and if the risks and potential complications of a facelift are acceptable. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure and any risks and potential complications.
Facelift risks include:
•Anesthesia risks
•Poor wound healing and skin loss
•Facial nerve injury with weakness
•Temporary or permanent hair loss at the incisions
•Fluid accumulation
•Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
•Persistent pain
•Unfavorable scarring
•Prolonged swelling
•Skin irregularities and discoloration
•Sutures may spontaneously surface through the skin, become visible or produce irritation that require removal
•Unsatisfactory results may include: asymmetry, unsatisfactory surgical scar location and unacceptable visible deformities at the ends of the incisions. (It may be necessary to perform an additional surgery to improve your results)
•Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications

These risks and others will be fully discussed prior to your consent. It is important that you address all your questions directly with your plastic surgeon.

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