A face-lift is a procedure designed to improve the appearance of the face by removing excess skin and restoring the correct positioning of the cheek fat pads. This procedure can be combined with other procedures, including brow lift, upper and lower blepharoplasty, neck lift and liposuction/fat grafting.
How long will the procedure take?
Face-lift is a procedure done under general anesthesia and typically takes three to four hours. It is a surgery performed on an outpatient basis.
Where will the incisions be?
Face-lift incisions are typically hidden in the hair of the scalp and behind the ears.
What will recovery be like?
Typically, the immediate recovery is about two weeks. This can vary from person-to-person and depends on the extent of your procedure. You should be able to shower about two to three days after the procedure. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled for you about two days later to evaluate bruising and possibly remove a drain. Dr. Aboutanos will give you instructions on when you are safe to wear make-up. Initially, you should plan to avoid strenuous exercise, heavy lifting, and housework. You will need to walk and keep your legs moving after surgery to avoid complications.
What else should I know about face-lift?
Long-acting pain medication is placed throughout the surgical sites to help with post-operative pain. You will have better results if you keep your head elevated during this time. You will need a responsible adult to drive you home and stay with you for at least 24 hours after the surgery. Dr. Aboutanos and her staff will review all of these instructions with you. Dr. Aboutanos will be there every step of the way to ensure the best results.