The face is usually the first area to show visible signs of aging, as a result of gravity and diminishing volume. A rhytidectomy, or facelift, is a surgical procedure that can smooth loose skin on the face and neck by tightening underlying tissue, which rejuvenates the face by restoring a more youthful neck and jaw line. Using sophisticated facelift techniques, Dr. Sati, MD, can achieve remarkable results to help you attain a younger, more refreshed appearance.

The facelift procedure works by lifting and re-draping the skin, tightening underlying facial tissue and eliminating small pockets of fat near the chin and neck, in order to lift sagging skin, smooth deep lines and wrinkles and improve facial contours. Muscle tightening and liposuction of the neck and jowls may be performed if needed, while excess skin is either removed or repositioned. The result is a smooth, revitalized and more attractive appearance.

 

About the procedure:

The facelift procedure is performed using either intravenous sedation or general anesthesia, and lasts between two and four hours. Incisions are made in front of and behind the ears, making scarring minimal and inconspicuous.

 

The healing process:

  • Pain medication is generally prescribed and typically used for two to three days post-operation. Swelling and bruising may last for one to two weeks. You may resume light exercise after two weeks, and vigorous exercise after four to six weeks.
  • Stitches (sutures) will be removed four and seven days post-operation, respectively. Numbness and firmness will persist for a few months, but will not affect the appearance.
  • Most patients look well after two weeks; the final results of the surgery will be evaluated six months after the operation.

 

 Post-operative instructions:

  • Following the operation, you may wake up with a compression garment and you will have drainage tubes. These tubes will be removed the following morning.
  •  Occasionally, patients complain of nausea following the operation. This generally passes after 24 to 48 hours, and is minimized by consuming liquids frequently and avoiding taking pain medication on an empty stomach.
  • Once home, you may get up to use the bathroom or to take a light walk around the house, and moving your head swiftly from side to side should be avoided for ten days.
  • The compression garment must stay in place for two days, after which you may remove it to shower.
  • Incisions should be clean and dry at all times.
  • While sleeping, your head should be rested on three or four pillows for one week after the surgery.

 

Follow-up appointments:

  • First follow-up: One week after the operation
  • Second follow-up: Three weeks after the operation
  • Subsequent appointments will be scheduled on a case-by-case basis with Dr. Sati, MD.