A facelift procedure can take years off the face by improving the drooping skin on the cheeks and jawline and leaving you with a refreshed, more youthful appearance.
What does a facelift do?
A facelift takes the sagging facial skin that comes with age and lifts and tightens it to make you appear years younger. Gravity can be particularly cruel to the area from your lower eyelids to your nasolabial folds, and a facelift beautifully improves this area.
Key benefits of a facelift
- Reduces wrinkles, lines, and creases of the face and neck
- Removes sagging skin under the chin and jawline
- Tightens deeper tissues of face
- Re-positions volume around the jawline and cheeks to a higher position
Facelift surgical details
The right facelift technique for your particular needs will be determined by your facial structure, previous facial surgeries (if you’ve had any), and your desired outcome.
Facelifts can be performed on the upper, mid, or lower face alone, or on the entire face. A neck lift is often performed along with a facelift to enhance the results of the facelift and to achieve optimal results.
If you’re interested in getting a facelift in Phoenix, you may be an ideal candidate. Individuals who are just starting to notice the appearance of sagging skin of the mid-face and neck are ideal candidates for the procedure. Ideal candidates also:
- Have enough sagging/excess skin for the surgery to be beneficial
- Have realistic expectations for what a facelift can accomplish
- Are in general good health
- Are non-smokers
- Are in their 40s to 70s
Swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort are common in the first week after a facelift procedure. Dr. Craft may prescribe or recommend medication to help during this period. For the first few days post-op, you should rest and be sure to keep your head elevated, even during sleep. Limit your activity to walking and simple tasks. Your dressings will be removed within a couple of days, but you will still have some bruising, swelling, and soreness. Most patients decide to take 10 to 14 days off of work, and high-intensity exercise should be avoided for six weeks. You will be given thorough home care instructions to help with your recovery, and our staff is available to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
After the first week post-surgery, you will still have some bruising and swelling, but these subside greatly over the next few weeks. Most patients feel comfortable around others in 2 to 3 weeks. Although you’ll look great by week three, you may still have some slight swelling and occasional tingling or tightness in the treated area. Your scars might appear bright pink for a few months after surgery, and final facelift results are achieved within about four months. With a good skin care regimen, you can expect your results to last up to ten years.