Individuals all over the country look into the mirror and find that their once youthful skin is starting to sag. This is why some men and women go through facelift procedures. Another reason to undergo this procedure could come from excess skin around the facial area after losing a tremendous amount of weight. Facelift procedures assist with contouring the skin back to its correct place, removing wrinkles and reviving your skin.
At Real Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery – with locations in Moonee Ponds and Werribee – we offer Facelift procedures that can help correct signs of aging on the face and can help restore a smoother appearance. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Stephen Salerno, contact Real Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery today.
Preparing for the Procedure
- Before the surgery, patients will be asked to quit smoking as well as stop taking certain medications that could work as blood thinners. Some patients may be asked to take medication that will better prepare internal system for the surgery.
- The day before the surgery, patients will be required to wash their hair thoroughly in order to reduce the risk of infection. They will also need to avoid alcohol the day before. It is also important for patients to receive a good night’s sleep before the procedure to be better prepared.
During the Procedure
- The first thing that will be done during the procedure is the plastic surgeon will apply a local anesthesia to put the patient to sleep. This will cause the patient to be unconscious during the procedure so they do not feel any pain.
- Once the anesthesia kicks in, the doctor will begin to make his incisions. The amount of incisions needed depends on the individual and how much work is being done. A traditional facelift is usually performed by making an incision at the hairline and next to the temples. The doctor then extends the incision down to the lower scalp.
- Often, for excess skin around the lower part of the face, an incision will be made above the neck and around the chin. This can extend all the way up to the ears if needed.
- Once the incisions have been made, the doctor will begin to sculpt the skin in order to make it smooth. He can also redistribute the fat inside the face and repositions the underlying skin tissues.
- Once the surgeon is finished, the upper layer of skin is pulled tighter, the excess skin is removed and it is sewn together with stitching.
- The surgery usually takes two to three hours. For more extensive treatments, some surgeons may require two separate sessions.
After the Procedure
- After the surgery, the patient’s face will be bandaged in order to reduce pain, swelling and bruising.
- Some patient’s may need a drainage tube beneath the ear in order to prevent blood and fluid from collecting in that area.
- During recovery, patients may experience pain, discomfort, swelling, numbness or skin discoloration for up to three weeks.
- Incisions and dressings should be kept dry until the doctor informs the patient otherwise.
- During the first few days, the head will have to remain elevated and immobile in order to reduce swelling.
- After about one week, the stitches will be removed. The swelling should start to go down within the next weeks and the procedure will be complete.