Facelift Surgery in Washington, DC
As the primary means we have for expressing ourselves, our faces are often the center of attention. They are also constantly exposed to the elements and may be the first place you start to notice signs of aging or sun damage.
Striving to constantly refine our approach to facial rejuvenation, the Center for Plastic Surgery is committed to helping you find the best solution for your facial aging concerns. Our board certified plastic surgeons are dedicated to performing facial surgery with skill and artistry and have many years of experience providing patients with successful, natural-looking results. Our work is defined by what’s best for each individual patient’s goals, appearance, and cosmetic needs.
WHEN TO CONSIDER A FACELIFT
When changes to your face from aging, sun damage, or genetic factors begin to affect your confidence, it may be time to consider consulting with an experienced plastic surgeon about facelift surgery. There is no “right” age to begin thinking about a facelift—the aging process is unique and affects individuals at different times. You may be a candidate for facelift surgery if:
- Your face appears tired or concerned all of the time
- The line of your jaw has become undefined, leading to jowls or the loss of a youthful chin
- Nasolabial folds (from the base of the nose to the corners of the mouth) have deepened
- Your face and neck have lost skin elasticity and muscle definition
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM FACELIFT SURGERY
Depending on your location, your facelift will be performed in either our accredited outpatient surgery suite or at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, DC. Surgery will be performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation administered by one of our board certified anesthesiologists.
Your surgeon will begin by making carefully hidden incisions behind the hairline at the temples and around the front of the ear. Through these incisions, he will reposition the deeper fatty tissues beneath the skin, remove excess skin, and lift and tighten remaining skin to a more youthful position. When the desired results are achieved and a natural contour of the face and neck has been restored, your incisions will be closed and sutured.
Immediately after your procedure, you will be wrapped in a turban-style surgical dressing that extends under your neck and chin. In some cases, drains may be required. The dressing will be removed and replaced within one to two days, and your surgeon will provide you with specific aftercare instructions.
You should expect to need a few days of downtime as your body begins the healing process, and you may experience swelling or bruising for a few weeks. If you are uncomfortable, your surgeon may prescribe medication for pain management.
How Long Will a Facelift Last?
The answer is as individual as you are. While surgery can turn back the clock, it does not stop aging. Facial aging will continue at a normal rate for you. Some patients begin to consider a second facelift in six to ten years, while many patients never have a second procedure.
PROCEDURES COMMONLY PERFORMED WITH FACELIFT SURGERY
Your facelift procedure should be custom-designed for you. In our experience, every facelift is a unique combination. For many patients, facelift surgery often includes a neck lift or combination of procedures that focus on the lower face, jawline, and neck. For others, aging is most apparent in the upper and lower eyelids, cheeks, and brow, so their treatment plan would focus on refreshing those areas of the face.
Often, we recommend including laser skin resurfacing or light chemical peelingat the time of surgery to both rejuvenate the lax skin and tissue and improve the overall quality and appearance of the skin. Other nonsurgical procedures such as BOTOX® Cosmetic injections, dermal fillers, or fat injections can enhance surgical results.
Many times a facelift recommendation includes laser resurfacing or light chemical peeling at the time of the surgery to not only rejuvenate the lax skin and tissue but to improve the overall beauty and quality of the skin.
If you are considering facelift surgery, it’s important to choose a board certified plastic surgeon with the proper training and experience. Your surgery should be performed in a safe, clean, and accredited surgical facility with board certified anesthesiologists and properly licensed surgical staff.
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