None of us can escape the changes that come with aging. We will all experience sagging skin and deep wrinkles. But just because aging is natural doesn’t mean you have to live with the results.
Cosmetic procedures can help you achieve a younger-looking appearance with results that last for years. One of the best surgeries for turning back time is a facelift.
How Does a Facelift Work?
A facelift helps remove excess skin and fat in the face as well as pull skin tighter and tissues to give a more youthful appearance. When done correctly, it can take years off of your appearance.
During a facelift, you’ll be asleep under general anesthesia. Your cosmetic surgeon will use an incision behind your ear to remove excess tissue so that any scarring is hidden behind your ear near your hairline. They will also use sutures to tighten up fat and muscle in your face and hold it in place.
The procedure can take about 2.5 to 3.5 hours depending on what work you are having done. You can choose to have other procedures, like a chin implant or eyelid lift, at the same time as your facelift to save time and money. If you have a lot of signs of aging on the upper third of your face, it may be a good idea to combine treatments since a facelift can only alter the appearance of the lower part of your face.
What Results Can I Expect From My Facelift?
After your facelift, you may have some numbness, swelling and discoloration in your face. You will need to wear a dressing on your neck and face for about 5 days.
By two weeks after your facelift, all discoloration and swelling should be gone, though you may still have some numbness for a few weeks. You should expect to look many years younger than you did before your facelift and your results should appear natural. Your skin should not look so tight that it appears fake.
Remember, your facelift will not change the appearance of your forehead or eyes; it can only change the appearance of your cheeks, jawline and chin. Your results will be influenced by a number of factors, including:
- Your genetics
- Your bone structure
- If you smoke or have smoked
- How much sun damage your skin has suffered
However, all people who undergo a facelift should experience at least a few years taken off their appearance.
How Long Do Facelift Results Last?
Because facelifts are a surgical procedure, they offer long-lasting results than noninvasive antiaging methods. Your results should last 7 to 10 years. You can make your results last longer by:
- Wearing sunscreen and avoiding the sun
- Maintaining the same weight
- Not smoking
At Galardi/Rosenblum Plastic Surgery in Virginia Beach, we can help you turn back time and take years off of your appearance with facelifts. We offer quality, personalized results that you’ll love for years to come. Contact us today at (757) 496-5556 for your facelift consultation.