As we get older, everything starts to go south, as a consequence of the force of gravity combined with the aging process and the effects of the natural elements as well as toxic pollutants and chemical agents on our skin. For many adults, this translates into lax, sagging skin, jowls at the jawline, drooping cheeks, and lines and wrinkles everywhere. These effects can be addressed with a Facelift.
A facelift, known medically as a rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that imparts a more youthful appearance to the face and neck by lifting and tightening the skin of the face and enhancing the definition of the facial features while reducing the appearance of sagging skin as well as lines and wrinkles.
During the procedure, the skin of the face is lifted and pulled to create a tighter, firmer appearance, increasing contour and youthful definition. Patients may opt for a full facelift, or for a mini-facelift that focuses exclusively on the lower face, lifting the mouth and jaw area, as well as the chin and throat.
Dr. Jones will evaluate your condition, taking into account several factors like your age, the health of your skin, your lifestyle habits, and your genetic history, to determine if a facelift may be an optimal solution to take years off your appearance and regain your youthful confidence.
A facelift is suitable for healthy adults who are beginning to notice the signs of aging in their facial appearance.
Signs like crow’s feet, laugh lines, loss of facial volume in the cheeks, drooping skin, and marionette lines extending from the nose to the edges of the mouth, are all signs you might be an appropriate candidate for a facelift.
Depending on your age, the condition of your skin, and your aesthetic goals, Dr. Jones can recommend an optimal treatment plan for you, which may include a full facelift, a mini facelift, or a series of less invasive nonsurgical procedures. He may also decide to recommend a combination of surgical and nonsurgical procedures to provide the most optimal results possible.
Be sure to inform Dr. Jones about any medications that you are taking before you prepare for your facelift procedure. You may have to suspend use of certain medications in preparation for plastic surgery. Dr. Jones will advise you before surgery of any precautions you should take in this regard.
While there are many nonsurgical cosmetic procedures available to provide dramatic rejuvenation and facial improvements, including laser treatments, micro-needling, and dermal fillers, none of these procedures can actually deliver what a facelift is capable of achieving. A surgical facelift is a more comprehensive procedure in which the surgeon has full control of the outcome and can enhance a patient’s facial features by design.
A facelift can address several issues at once, including loss of facial definition, lax skin, wrinkles and lines, jowls, and drooping features. If you’re looking for a total makeover that will take years off your appearance and keep you looking more youthful for years to come, a facelift is the procedure of choice.
While a facelift can take years off your appearance, no surgical procedure can effectively stop the aging process, and your skin will continue to age after you undergo the procedure. To protect the fresh and youthful results of your facelift, you will have to commit to taking impeccable care of your skin, especially to protect your skin from excessive sunlight and from the elements, as well as from toxic pollutants like cigarette smoke.
Smoking cigarettes is one of the most damaging things you can do to your skin, and patients who smoke are generally at an increased risk of complications from surgery. Smokers also have more difficulty healing properly, and smoking may also affect the results of your facelift by accelerating the aging process.
A facelift is a surgical procedure performed under general anesthesia. Typically, the procedure requires a minor hairline incision camouflaged at the hairline or around the ears, through which Dr. Jones gently lifts the skin away from the facial muscles. This allows him to precisely re-sculpt the facial features by manipulating and tightening muscle tissue and relocating facial fat.
Following this, he then gently pulls the skin in an upward direction, trimming away excess skin and fat before suturing. Typically, a small incision is made beneath the chin to tighten the skin around the jawline, reducing the appearance of jowls and sagging double chin, as well as tightening muscle tissue in the neck and throat.
In addition to making sure that you have someone to drive you home following your facelift procedure, you will also need to prepare for your recovery following the surgery, as you may require several days of complete rest. Make sure you have meals prepared and frozen in advance, or arrange to have someone prepare meals for you while you recover, as you will not be able to cook for several days following the surgery.
You will also have to refrain from strenuous exercise for several weeks. Typically, bruising and swelling will peak at about two days after the surgery, and these symptoms may continue for several days, gradually diminishing on their own. Sutures will be removed after about a week, and full recovery typically takes about 2 weeks, although it’s recommended that you hold off on more vigorous activity for about four weeks after surgery.
To achieve a younger-looking appearance and improve the elasticity and firmness of your skin, perhaps you’ve considered a facelift. If you’re curious about what a facelift can do to rejuvenate your appearance, schedule a consultation with Dr. Jones in Atlanta, GA. A double board-certified plastic surgeon and one of Atlanta’s most respected physicians, Dr. Jones, can help you to determine whether a facelift is the answer.
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