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Everything You Need to Know about Facelifts.
What Is a Facelift?
The facelift, or Rhytidectomy, is the third most common facial plastic surgery performed in the United States. As we age, crow’s feet become visible near our eyes. The near-invisible lines on the forehead become prominent, and the jawline sags. Some people experience the creation of a second chin beneath the chin. Unfortunately, we must all deal with these negative aspects of gravity and the wisdom that comes with age. However, choosing to get a facelift offers a boost in both appearance and self-esteem. We have the technology, it’s up to you to learn more and make the next step into a more youthful you.
The first visit to see Dr. Nassif is called the consultation. This is an open arena to discuss the goals of the procedure and any questions or concerns you may have. During your consultation, Dr. Nassif will assess your current facial features and make recommendations on how to proceed.
You will need to disclose your full medical history to the physician. Be sure you tell him about any drug or alcohol use you have had. Also, please bring a current list of any medications and supplements that you take to the consultation. If you have any spiritual or religious requirement before, during, or after your procedure, inform Dr. Nassif. We want to take care of your whole well-being.
Dr. Nassif will also take photographs of your face and neckline during your consultation. This provides a point of reference for changes needed to be made during the surgery. Providing all of this information seems daunting and personal, but it gives the physician the best understanding of your overall health and candidacy for the procedure.
The Evening and Morning before the Procedure
You will need to refrain from drinking or eating anything the night before the procedure, most often beginning at midnight. You need to shower with an anti-microbial soap the evening before the procedure and again the morning of the procedure. This removes dangerous pathogens from your body.
The surgery begins with the use of general anesthesia. This will allow for the best surgical experience. An incision will then be made along the hairline and in the natural creases of the skin near the ear in order to hide the presence of any possible scars. Depending on the amount of work being completed, additional incisions may be made in the upper lip or lower eyelids. If you selected to have any other procedures performed while under anesthesia, Dr. Nassif will move on to them at this point. After closing the final incisions and placing dressings, Dr. Nassif will send you into a specialized recovery unit. On occasion, drainage tubes will be inserted to remove excess fluid from the incision sites.
When you awaken in the recovery room, you may experience pain or nausea. Inform the nursing staff, and they will administer medications to relieve the problem.
Stick to a soft, bland diet for the first few days after your procedure. If you are able to tolerate other foods, you may advance your diet. However, depending on the location of your incisions, you must follow any other specific dietary restrictions given to you at the time of discharge.
Promote proper healing and circulation by staying minimally active during the days following your procedure. This reduces the chances of developing complications, such as pneumonia or DVTs—dangerous blood clots in the deep tissues of the body. Don’t over-exert yourself, and don’t lift anything without being cleared to do so by your physician.
You must keep your head elevated when you sleep for a minimum of two weeks after your procedure. This reduces the amount of swelling and promotes proper healing of your incisions.
Your face will swell significantly for the first few days after your surgery. If you notice any abnormal or excessive bleeding, elevated temperature, excessive pain, or severe bruising beyond the expectation, contact Dr. Nassif or go to an emergency medical center immediately.
After one to two days, Dr. Nassif will remove the bandages or drains. Avoid getting these wet when you still have them because the moisture promotes the growth of bacteria.
While a facelift provides an amazing opportunity to rejuvenation and enhanced self-confidence, combining this procedure with other procedures; most often a necklift can give you the best possible result.
Facelift Frequently Asked Questions
How long until my face looks new again?
This depends significantly on the amount of facial procedures you have undertaken. For some, the procedure will yield fair results within a few weeks to one-month. However, each person will heal differently, and the procedure may require up to six months of time to heal in the expected fashion. Be patient because the surgery will be the hardest part of your decision to improve your appearance and confidence.
I’m in my late-60s, am I too old for a facelift?
Not Likely. Facial cosmetic procedures have been successful on individuals up to 80-years-old. Unless you have a dangerous medical condition, you may be a candidate for a necklift. Advances in technology have led to a dramatic decrease in the amount of risk associated with facial plastic surgeries.
Do you have any photos of previous procedures that you have performed?
Absolutely! We know that you want to see proof of the doctor’s previous work. Our patients, who have become part of our family, have given us permission to publish their photos and take pride in it. We have an entire gallery of before and after photos available for your review. Please visit our photo gallery to see facelift before and after photos.
I was injured, and I’m too embarrassed to visit with a doctor in person. I’m afraid someone will find out about my problems. What can I do?
We wish we could do an over the phone assessment, but the doctor needs to visit with you for a consultation to determine the best way to achieve your goal. The physician and his care team are here to take care of you. According to privacy laws, or HIPAA, no one in the medical field can release your information without your express written consent. Click here to schedule your consultation.
I’ve heard I have to pay out-of-pocket for plastic surgery, is this true?
This depends on the reasoning behind your surgery. For most individuals opting to have plastic surgery for appearance and pleasing purposes only, insurance companies routinely refuse to pay for services. Please check with your insurance company before your consultation. This will relieve you of any surprise expenses you may encounter.