For the first 24 hours, your face will be wrapped with a special facelift bandage to limit swelling and reduce the amount of bruising that occurs. Plan on a restful week following this procedure. You are encouraged to have a friend or loved one available to help you during the early postoperative period. Small drains may be placed at the time of surgery and these are usually removed one to two days after surgery. The pain experienced after a facelift surgery varies from patient to patient, but is generally well tolerated with oral pain medications. Patients can minimize the risk for potential problems by limiting activity for the first week.
A facelift is one of the most popular procedures performed at the Andochick Center. As we age, there is a natural loss of cheek fat and lower eyelid fat with associated skin sagging resulting in a flatter cheek and jowling. Likewise, the neck muscle loses tone and stretches more to the midline leaving a lax neck and in some cases, the classic “turkey gobbler” bands. Facelifts are designed to lift and tighten the underlying cheek fat and neck muscle as well as remove excess fat from the neck. Once this foundation is set, the skin can be draped and incisions closed in natural folds and hairlines using dissolvable sutures. In some instances, facelifts can be performed under local anesthesia.
Reasons to Consider a Facelift: