Facelift surgery (rhytidectomy) is one of the most effective procedures to remove signs of aging from the face and neck. Due to the aging process, skin can lose elasticity and sag. It can also develop creases and folds. Your face can take on a haggard appearance and make you look tired all the time.

A facelift can remove wrinkles and loose skin, giving your face and neck a youthful appearance. If you are in good health and your face shows signs of aging that the procedure can correct, you can have a facelift at any age. If you are over 70, you might have some concerns about the procedure, but if your surgeon determines you are in good health and are an ideal candidate for facelift, you can go ahead with it without worrying about the age factor.

The Facelift Helps to Remove Signs of Aging

The facelift can take care of aging signs from the neck and midface unlike any other procedure. To start, your doctor can use local anesthesia with IV sedation or general anesthesia for the procedure. You can discuss the options with your doctor and opt for one depending on your comfort level.

The traditional facelift procedure involves making an incision along the hairline. The cut extends to the lower side of the scalp. For the neck, the incision may be made under the chin. Through the incisions, doctors work to lift the skin, remove excess fat, tighten sagging muscle, and trim away excess skin. When the skin is tightened, the wrinkles can disappear and the facial contours can improve.

Once the facelift procedure has been carried out, the skin is redraped and then stitches are used to close the incisions that were created.

After the Procedure

A degree of swelling and bruising is expected after the surgery. These side-effects are only temporary and may subside within a few days. You will need to refrain from heavy physical activity until the healing is complete. Your doctor can recommend cold compresses to hasten the healing. The stitches will be removed after a week or so during a follow-up appointment.

Healing is usually complete within 10 to 15 days. You can resume your normal routine some time after two weeks. Your doctor can prescribe pain medication that you can take if required during the recovery period.

The final result after the healing is complete will be a rejuvenated face. Facial skin will appear smoother and tighter, and so will the neck area.

Learn More About the Facelift and Its Benefits

If you are planning to opt for a facelift, the first important step is to consult with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Larry Bundrick. Dr. Bundrick is an experienced and skilled plastic surgeon with numerous satisfied patients. He can examine your facial skin and medical history and determine if you are a good candidate for the facelift.

To arrange your informative facelift consultation with Dr. Bundrick, contact our office today and schedule a date and time for an appointment.