Any of a number of factors can cause facial skin to sag or droop: excessive sun exposure, the aging process, changes in weight. Such wrinkles and jowls can make you look much older than you really are and misrepresent how you feel. Facelift is a surgical procedure that can give you a smoother, more youthful appearance with long-lasting results.
Additional Facelift FAQs
I do not want to look like I had a facelift or appear tightly pulled; can I obtain a natural look?
Absolutely! My goal is to have patients appear younger and refreshed, not “operated upon.” The technique I use for the procedure pulls deep layers and does not require tight skin stretching. I encourage patients to bring photos of themselves taken 15 years ago to the consultation. This serves as an important starting point for the planning of the procedure.
Will a facelift help if I have a lot of facial wrinkles?
Do men commonly get facelifts, and are there any special concerns?
Yes, men commonly have facelifts with terrific success. A man’s face has more blood vessels than a woman’s because of the male beard. Therefore, there can be a higher incidence of postoperative bleeding. Also, the bearded skin is pulled closer to the ear and behind the ear so shaving will be necessary in those areas.
How can I reduce swelling after facelift surgery?
Keeping your head elevated while you recover is an important key to managing post-operative swelling. Dr. Houssock suggests that patients arrange pillows to keep themselves propped up during rest and sleep in the first few days following surgery. Cold compresses may also be applied to the face at recommended intervals. Additional suggestions to minimize swelling include eating nutritious foods, monitoring salt intake, limiting alcohol consumption, and drinking plenty of hydrating fluids. Your post-operative care instructions will include detailed directions on how to help optimize comfort during recovery.
Will I need a neck lift and/or neck contouring along with my facelift?
If you have loose skin along your jawline and neck, or unwanted fullness and excess fat that has developed beneath your chin, integrating neck lift techniques and/or liposuction contouring into your surgical plan can potentially optimize the quality of your outcome. The goal of these approaches is to enhance jawline definition, along with providing smoother, leaner, more lifted neck contours. During your facelift consultation with Dr. Houssock, you will have the opportunity to discuss all of your concerns and learn more about the recommended options for achieving natural-looking facial and neck rejuvenation.
Is there an ideal age for a facelift?
While there is no perfect age for undergoing a facelift, there are some telltale signs of facial aging that can indicate it could be the right time to explore facial rejuvenation surgery. Jowls, sagging facial skin in the lower two-thirds of the face, and deep folds around the nose and mouth can typically be improved with a facelift; however, a consultation with our experienced plastic surgeon is the best way to find out if a facelift is the best solution for your aesthetic concerns.
Are you considering a facelift? Contact our practice today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Houssock to learn more about the procedures and treatments that can help you look and feel your very best!