Ageing for some men is a real issue. When we are young, our skin is fresh, youthful, supple. But as we get older, that elasticity fades and we are left with wrinkles and sagging faces. Facial ageing is shown by a change in the position of the deep anatomical structures, which are the neck muscles, cheek fat and the muscles around the eyes. Confidence can be an issue at any age, and getting that little lift can make all the difference.
A facelift involves the removal of excess facial skin, tightening of the underlying tissues and stitching the skin back into place. There are many different types of facelifts: SMAS facelift, Deep Place facelift, Composite facelift, Mid-Facelift, Mini facelift, Thread facelift, Subperiosteal facelift, or Skin-only facelift, all of which involve different techniques. Dr. Lockwood will determine the best method for you based on the results you are hoping to achieve and what state your face is currently at.
How is the Facelift procedure performed?
The facelift procedure is technically known as Rhytidectomy. The procedure consists of separating the facial skin from the underlying fat and muscles, eliminating excess fat to contour, tightening facial and neck muscles, pulling the skin back and removing the excess. The result is a lifted facial structure and smoother, tighter skin. In general the incisions are placed within the hairline starting at the temples, running along the natural skin fold in front of the ear, continuing around the bottom of the lobe, behind the ear and into the hairline. All incisions are strategically placed to be invisible or nearly invisible upon healing. A facelift will not remove forehead lines, bags under your eyes, or crow’s feet. During your personal consultation, Dr. Lockwood will evaluate your face and clarify the details of the surgical techniques chosen for you.
What will I look and feel like after a Facelift?
If bruising or swelling appears, it will usually occur within the first few weeks. Resting with the head elevated and applying cold compressions will help to minimize these conditions. Dr. Lockwood will prescribe medication to control any discomfort.
For the first week after surgery, your activity should be restricted to avoid bending over or getting your heart rate above its resting rate. You may be asked to wear a facial garment or wrap. Certain sutures may be removed within a couple of weeks, you may resume non-strenuous activities, more sutures are removed, and puffiness will continue to subside.
After 4-6 weeks you may resume normal activity if permitted by Dr. Lockwood. Your results will continue to improve for 6 to 12 months.
What kind of risks are involved with a Facelift?
Facelifts, necklifts, and browlifts are safe procedures that are performed on thousands of men and women each year with no major complications. As with any surgical procedure, there are some specific risks. Dr. Lockwood can detail these for you in a personal consultation.
What kind of follow-up care will I need after a Facelift?
It is recommended to have someone help you for the first 1-2 days after surgery, that can assist you when walking to the bathroom and help you with the cold compressions and your additional needs. You will need to return to Dr. Lockwood’s office for periodical post-operative visits to monitor your progress. The post-operative time is crucial for the long-term effectiveness of your procedure. It is very important to attend these visits to be certain you are caring for your delicate facial skin properly. A few more return visits will be scheduled within the next year to insure all of your concerns and/or questions can be discussed.
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