What Exactly is a Facelift?

face liftWe’ve all heard the term facelift, but do we know what it really means? It’s very common to assume that a facelift involves operating on the entire face, including your eyes, cheeks and chin. However, the truth is that a facelift only addresses the lower two thirds of your face—such as your cheeks and jawline.

So why have one?

Our skin loses its elasticity as we age, which can eventually result in loose skin around the face. These deep wrinkles typically end up in the lower face and neck, which can cause you to appear tired and aged. A facelift can dramatically improve the look of loose skin on your face with minimal recovery time and maximum results! Viola! Instant time machine!

How does it work?

The anatomy of the patient and what their goals are will determine how the procedure will go and the exact technique the surgeon will use. After an initial incision is made, the surgeon is able to separate the skin from the connective tissue and muscles. Then, the deeper facial tissue is repositioned, excess skin is removed, and the remaining skin is laid back over the facial tissues resulting in a smoother, more youthful appearance.

What’s the recovery like?

As with any sort of facial surgery, recovery varies from person to person. Getting lots of rest is vital, as your body will need the chance to recoup. Some mild swelling and bruising should also be anticipated but will decrease as time goes on. Most patients report being able to get back to their normal daily activities in as little as two weeks post-op.

If you’re thinking about getting a facelift at our office, don’t be afraid to give us a call @ Institute of Facial and Oral Surgery office Phone Number (703) 729-0077 with any questions you may have!