Facelift Can Refresh Your Facial Appearance
Facelift surgery breathes new life into your aging skin and helps you conserve the natural structure of your facial features. Our plastic surgeons in St. Louis & St. Peters can help you maintain the contours of your facial features with a facelift. As we become older, our facial skin can begin to sag, and this can add years to your appearance. A facelift can help you look younger and more refreshed, while keeping the integrity of your natural facial contours.
Your Customized Facelift Procedure
A facelift involves tightening the facial and neck muscles and removing excess skin. Designed to treat sagging cheeks, remove fat folds around the neck and eliminate jowls, a facelift at Renaissance Plastic Surgery of St. Loius will create smoother and more defined facial contours. As a result, your facial muscles should be tighter and unsightly features such as a double chin or loose, sagging skin will be eliminated.
Your facelift procedure will begin with incisions, made around the ears, that will be extended into the hairline. The tissue and muscle in your face are repositioned and excess fat and tissue is removed. Deep layers of tissue are secured in place with internal sutures, and the skin is stretched into place. Bandages will be applied to the treatment area after the surgery, and tubes may be inserted to allow excess fluid to drain from the incisions.
Time Doesn’t Wait, and Neither Should You
Dr. Boschert, Dr. Craig, and Dr. Mills are experts in facial contouring as well as other facial procedures such as rhinoplasty surgery, brow lift surgery or liposuction, which can be performed in conjunction with your facelift. You may not even require a full facelift and instead may require only a mini facelift.
Because facelifts do not improve your skin’s tone or texture, we recommend utilizing our non-invasive aesthetic skin care treatments such as laser skin resurfacing, to address these concerns. Either way, our physicians apply their extensive experience and advanced surgical skill to your unique situation in order to deliver outstanding aesthetic results.
Is Getting Facelift Surgery Painful?
No. When you visit one of our experienced surgeons for a facelift, our team will ensure your comfort throughout the treatment process. Facelift procedures are performed using either general or local anesthesia. General anesthesia will be used if you combine your facelift with ancillary procedures like blepharoplasty. If you undergo a mini-facelift or other more conservative procedure, the doctor may suggest using a powerful local anesthetic. After your procedure, you will take prescription painkillers for a few days to get you through the initial soreness and tenderness of tissue recovery. Within about one week, you can expect to feel well enough to switch to an over-the-counter medication.
How Many Facelift Surgeries are Needed to Get Good Results?
Facelift surgery is intended to acheive outstanding results in one sitting. With good skin care and sun protection after your facelift, as well as periodic tissue-rejuvenation treatments like laser skin resurfacing, you can expect prolonged results from this procedure. During our consultation, our surgeons take care to listen thoughtfully to your desired outcome. Surgery is planned around your set expectations after your consultation and is performed in a precise manner to provide you with truly rewarding results.
Is There a Necessary Recovery Period after Facelift Surgery?
After your facelift, you will return home to recover in a quiet, comfortable space. It is ideal to lie down with your head elevated for the first 12 hours of your recovery. You may return to the office as soon as the day after your surgery. During this visit, your doctor will observe your incisions and fluid drainage and will likely remove drains, if they were placed. The use of prescription painkillers or extra-strength Tylenol should help manage the mild to moderate discomfort that can occur after a facelift. You may be surprised at how little actual pain you have, though. Most patients describe their sensations as deep-bruising and "heaviness" in the face and neck. Swelling is a normal consequence of surgery. It tends to look worse a day or two after the procedure. Our post-operative instructions provide suggestions for managing this side effect. After the first 12 hours of rest, it is important that you move around a few times a day. Walking short distances will help prevent the development of blood clots in the legs. You can expect your post-surgical side effects to resolve nicely over the course of two weeks, after which you will be able to return to work and most normal activities.
Can I Combine Facelift Surgery with Other Procedures?
Facelift surgery is performed to acheive very specific goals. While this procedure can profoundly improve concerns like jowls, deep facial creases, and lack of mid-face contours, it does have its limitations. If you are seeking more comprehensive rejuvenation that includes the upper face, your surgeon may suggest ancillary procedures such as a brow lift or eye rejuvenation surgery. The beauty of plastic surgery is that the entire treatment process is tailored to your needs and desire for the most natural-looking outcome.
Can Anyone Receive Facelift Surgery?
Nearly anyone can safely undergo a facelift. Part of our consultation process is to perform a thorough medical history. It is important to inform your doctor of all medications and supplements you take, of previous surgeries, lifestyle habits, and current illnesses that may affect your body's response to anesthesia and surgery. If you smoke, you must quit at least a few weeks before your procedure. Smoking inhibits your body from delivering adequate oxygenation to various tissues, so can compromise healing. Our goal is to help you address the effects of time on your appearance and to do so as safely and successfully as possible.