What is a Facelift?
A facelift is a facial surgery procedure that addresses loose, sagging skin on the face to produce a more youthful and wrinkle-free appearance. While localized anti-aging treatments can be effective, only a facelift provides comprehensive rejuvenation results. Facelift techniques can address wrinkles, loose skin, and fine lines on the entirety of the face. Most often, patients choose to pursue a facelift to address sagging in the mid face and along the jaw line. To achieve greater results, you can combine your facelift procedure with a blepharoplasty, brow lift or neck lift.
How Much Does a Facelift Cost?
At Gallaher Plastic Surgery & Spa MD, we take a personalized approach to every facelift procedure. This means that the cost of your treatment will depend on variables such as your personal preferences and unique cosmetic goals. As a result, we cannot provide you with the exact cost of treatment until you visit our office for a consultation. If you are concerned about the cost of your treatment, we are proud to offer plastic surgery financing to help make our treatments more affordable. In addition, we offer CosmetAssure insurance with every cosmetic surgery, so you can go into your treatment with confidence and peace of mind.
What is a Mini Facelift?
A mini facelift has the same goals as a full facelift, but it uses smaller and shorter incisions. This results in less scarring and a shorter recovery time. However, it will also produce less dramatic results. A mini facelift is ideal for patients who have less loose skin, but would still like to achieve the benefits of a facelift procedure. If you are experiencing wrinkles and sagging skin, but don't want to undergo a full facelift, you may be a good candidate for the mini facelift treatment.
How is a Facelift Performed?
For the facelift procedure, we will use general anesthesia to ensure your safety and comfort during the surgery. To begin treatment, we will make incisions along the hairline and around the ears. These incisions ensure scarring that is as discreet as possible, as it will be concealed by the hair and the natural contours of the ears. Through these incisions, we will remove excess skin and fat to rejuvenate the face and produce a lifted, youthful appearance. After the desired results are achieved, we will close the incisions, completing the surgery.
What is the Recovery Like After a Facelift?
After a facelift, you can expect some bruising and swelling around the face and the incision areas. You may have to take a week or more off of work and other activities in order to heal and allow these effects to subside. You will have to avoid strenuous activities, such as exercise, for at least a month after treatment in order to ensure a smooth recovery. You will have to use sunscreen often in order to protect the skin from sun damage during the recovery process.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect from a Facelift?
The results from your facelift will become visible as swelling and bruising fades, which can take up to about a month. Some residual swelling may continue for several months. Once your results are visible, you can expect them to be permanent. However, the facelift procedure does not stop the aging process. You will continue to develop gradual changes in the face due to the natural aging process.
To learn more about the facelift procedure or to schedule your initial consultation at Gallaher Plastic Surgery & Spa MD, contact us today. We are proud to offer this and other facial surgery procedures to men and women living in Loudon, Knoxville, Maryville, and the surrounding areas of East Tennessee.