As we age, our face starts to change. Skin loses its volume and begins to sag and droop. Wrinkles and deep creases form. Before you know it, you’re an older version of your former self. Fortunately, a facelift from Dr. Dunkley can turn back the clock on the march of time.
What is a facelift?
A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is a common surgical procedure for patients bothered by the unwanted effects of facial aging. The procedure involves tightening the skin and repositioning the muscles and fat to achieve a more youthful appearance. If you’re between 40 and 70 years old you’re a candidate. The better the skin quality and elasticity, the better results you’ll get from a facelift.
What can a facelift treat?
This facial plastic surgery procedure is especially recommended to eradicate visible signs of aging on the face and neck. Signs of aging include wrinkles, volume loss in the cheek area, sagging on either side of the mouth or dare we say, jowls. A facelift is the best neck treatment as well, removing loose skin under the chin and jaw to improve neck contour.
What happens during my facelift consultation?
During your initial consultation with Dr. Dunkley, your goals and expectations regarding treatment are discussed. Your treatment options are presented, as are instructions on how to prepare for surgery. Your medical history, prescription medications, and past surgeries are reviewed. Dr Dunkley also performs a physical examination to assess the face.
How can I prepare for a facelift?
If you’re a smoker, you’ll need to stop four weeks before and not smoke for several weeks after your surgery. Smoking decreases oxygen delivery to the operated area. Smoking can cause the skin to die. Certain medications need to be stopped a week before surgery. Certain medical conditions require a note from your regular doctor saying he feels you are okay to have surgery.
On the day of your surgery, wear loose clothing that doesn’t have to be pulled over your head. You’ll need to have someone drive you home after surgery and stay with you during initial recovery.
What happens during a facelift?
In a facelift, an incision is made on the hairline, starting in the temple area and continuing to the back of the ear. Once the cut is made, the skin is separated from the cheek. Dr. Dunkley accesses and tightens the underlying muscles and tissues that have caused the signs of aging to appear. Once the fat and muscle are repositioned, the skin is redraped, trimmed and closed. Various techniques are utilized based on your specific needs, preferences, and skin condition. A facelift takes from two to four hours depending on the complexity.
What happens after a facelift?
You wear an attractive head-wrap the day of surgery. The next day an elastic dressing is put on and worn for one to three weeks. Bruising and swelling may last up to a month. As the swelling subsides, your results will become more and more noticeable. If you want to prevent others from knowing about your surgery, plan on hiding for two to three weeks. After three weeks, your friend won’t know you had surgery though they may do a double-take because you look great.
Envision Cosmetic Surgery proudly provides patients in the Murray and Salt Lake City area with facelift procedures. For more information call (801) 268-2650 or visit our contact us page to request a consultation today!