What is a face-lift?
A face-lift is a cosmetic surgery designed to address signs of aging in the lower two-thirds of the face, such as sagging skin and wrinkles. It involves lifting and repositioning facial tissues to create a more youthful appearance.
Dr. Hiers specializes in face-lift surgeries to lend you a more youthful appearance. With skin lifting and tightening along with strategic fat repositioning, you can enjoy a sharper jawline and fewer wrinkles, such as marionette lines or smile lines.
Dr. Hiers also specializes in blepharoplasty, which you can get alongside your face-lift for more cohesive results. Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, focuses on rejuvenating the upper or lower eyelids by removing excess skin, fat, or muscle to improve the appearance of your eyes.
Am I a good candidate for a face-lift?
A suitable face-lift candidate is typically someone with significant facial aging concerns, such as loose skin and deep wrinkles in the lower face and neck. You should be in good overall health and have realistic expectations.
To make sure you’re a good candidate before surgery, Dr. Hiers invites you in for a consultation. She provides a physical exam and reviews your medical history. She also examines your facial anatomy and the level of skin laxity you have. Using this information, she can determine if you’re a good candidate for face-lift with or without blepharoplasty. She then tells you how to best prepare for your upcoming surgery and its 4-6 week healing process.
What facelift options are available?
Dr. Hiers will partner with you to detrmine the most appropriate procedure to maximize your facelift results. She offers:
- Full facelift - facial surgery designed to target sagging and excess skin, to achieve a tightened facial appearance.
- Mini facelift - a modified version of the full facelift, which is designed to target specific areas of the face, typically with a smaller incision and decreased recovery time.
- Chin tuck - a minimially-invasive procedure designed to get rid of sagging skin under the chin area.
- Thermitight - uses a small incision, combined with heat and radiofrequency to help tighten and smooth the skin
What is the recovery process like after a face-lift?
The recovery process for a face-lift usually involves some swelling and bruising, which may take a few weeks to subside. Dr. Hiers advises you to rest, avoid strenuous activities, and follow all post-operative care instructions.
While recovering from a face-lift, Dr. Hiers advises you to:
- Get plenty of rest
- Sleep with your head propped up
- Avoid strenuous exercise for about three weeks
- Start with soft foods
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Take medications as advised
Recovery after blepharoplasty is generally quicker, with most swelling and bruising improving within a couple of weeks. Combining these procedures may result in a longer overall recovery period. You should consult with Dr. Hiers to understand the specific post-operative care and timeline for your unique situation.
To learn more about the process of getting a face-lift and what to expect during recovery, call Dr. Connie Hiers Plastic Surgery & Med Spa or schedule an appointment online today.