A facelift is a great way to rejuvenate the face and look years younger. During a traditional facelift, a well-hidden incision is made near the hairline at the temples, around the ear, ending in the lower scalp. Sometimes a second incision is made under the chin. A facelift is a complex procedure — it is important to understand your desired outcome, and trust it to an experienced surgeon such as Dr. Correa.
During the procedure, fat may be sculpted or redistributed from the face, jowls and neck and the underlying tissue is repositioned. Sometimes the deeper layers of the face and the muscles are also lifted. Skin is redraped over the uplifted contours and excess skin is trimmed away to allow for tightening. Sutures are then put in place at the incision site.
After a facelift, you will need recovery time. A bandage might be placed around your face to minimize swelling and bruising. Small tubes may be present to draw off any excess blood or fluid. Most patients return to work after about one to two weeks. It is important to keep the face elevated, even while sleeping, to reduce swelling. Dr. Correa will let you know when you can resume applying makeup and working out.
While it will reduce the signs of aging and give you a more youthful appearance, it will not change your basic appearance or stop the aging process. A successful facelift will achieve balance and proportion restoring a naturally youthful look that enhances confidence and well-being.
There are other complementary procedures which are sometimes recommended with a facelift from Dr. Correa, such as fat transfer and neck lift. Based on your needs and desired outcome, Dr. Correa will recommend a plan that focuses on what is the least-surgical and best for you.