Face Lift

A face lift can improve the appearance of facial wrinkles and sagging skin. The procedure lifts and tightens the skin on the face.

There are many options that can considered including mini-face lifts, short-scar face lifts and full-face lifts. Results of a face lift can be dramatic or subtle, depending on your desired outcomes. A face lift can be combined with other cosmetic procedures in a single surgical event. Your Aspirus Board Certified Physician will help you chose the best solution for the outcomes you desire.

Reasons to Consider a Face Lift

  • Desire for a more youthful appearance
  • Improved self-image
  • Deep facial wrinkles and sagging skin

What to Expect at the Face Lift Consultation

Be prepared with the following information

  • Your reasons for wanting a face lift and the outcomes you desire.
  • Your medical history and allergies
  • A list of your current prescriptions and use of any over-the-counter medications, supplements, and vitamins.
  • Family history

During the consultation, plastic surgeon will:

  • Evaluate your health
  • Examine your face
  • Access the thickness, texture, and elasticity of your skin
  • Evaluate your bone structure
  • Take pictures and measurements of your face
  • Discuss options and the ideal procedure for you
  • May suggest additional procedures that might give the result you desire

What to expect the day of surgery

  • You will not need to stay overnight at the hospital
  • You will receive sedation or anesthesia, so you are comfortable during the procedure
  • During surgery, the surgeon will make incisions along the side of your face and hairline so the skin can be tightened, and the contour of your face returned to a more youthful shape.
  • After the surgery, you will be taken to a recovery room until you feel well enough to go home.
  • Your head will be wrapped in bandages and you may have a drain tube placed behind the ear for one or two days to remove any excess fluid

What to expect during recovery

  • Swelling, numbness and bruising that will typically last one to two weeks
  • You will wear a chin strap continuously for the first two weeks, except when you shower or eat
  • You will want to sleep on your back with your head elevated for the first two to four weeks
  • Total healing will take six to eight weeks, but you may be able to return to work two weeks after the procedure as long as your job is not physically strenuous

Potential risks of face lift surgery

All surgical procedures have risk Although rare, risks associated with face lift surgery include:

  • An infection at the surgical site
  • Bleeding under the skin
  • Facial nerve injury
  • Prolonged swelling

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