As we age gravity, sun exposure, smoking, and genetic factors take a toll on our skin. Usually patients become interested in rejuvenating their face starting in their early 40’s and on.
As gravity takes its toll patients become more concerned about the deepening of the folds that run from the sides of the nose to the sides of the mouth, drooping jowls and loosening of the skin on the neck.
When you consult Dr. Schwarz he will advise you whether a facelift is the procedure for you. If so, it is better to do it earlier rather than later because younger patients heal better and spend their best years looking their best.
A facelift can be done as a single procedure or in combination with forehead and/or eyelid surgery depending on the case. It can also be done in combination with laser resurfacing procedures in cases where fine lines and wrinkles need to be addressed, especially with those around the mouth.
The objective is to give the patient a healthy, young appearance. When your friends see you after surgery the will not know what you did. They will only remark that you look youthful and rested.
Why a facelift and not Botox or dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers and Botox are used to prevent or improve signs of aging to a certain point. When the skin starts to lose elasticity or “sag” it means you have become a good candidate for a facelift.
These will never replace a facelift but can help maintain your face and skin looking youthful.
How is a facelift performed?
A facelift consists in replacing the tissues that are drooping to their original location. Suturing the muscles of the face gives longevity to the results which lasts on average 10 years and in 10 years one still looks better than if nothing had been done before.
The operation is on average a three hour procedure after which a bandage is placed over the incisions and around the head.
The patients remain in the recovery room of the clinic until they are alert and comfortable enough to go home safely.
Patients must be accompanied home by a family member or friend. They will leave the clinic with oral and written instructions regarding care at home as well as a prescription for the management of pain.
Types of Anesthesia
Facelifts are safely performed at the clinic and the majority are done under local anesthesia with sedation. General anesthesia is available for the patient that chooses it.
For the first 48 hours patients are advised to apply ice on the eyes while awake. Activity increased daily. On the third day they return to the clinic and the bandage around the head is removed. It is important to wash the hair daily during the first week at the end of which all stitches are removed.
Two weeks after the surgery the swelling and bruising are no longer evident and patients can comfortably return to work or go out in public.
Complications following a facelift are very rare; Dr. Schwarz will discuss them with you during consultation.
Dr. Schwarz performs face lifts, with or without eyelids, on many male patients. There recovery time is also two weeks. The main goal is to produce natural result.