Facelift

FACELIFT

The surgeons at Gallaher Plastic Surgery offer the best procedures for the entire body, producing an outcome you’ll love.
Here you will find the answers to our most frequently asked questions regarding procedures as well as financing options and help with making arrangements and preparations for your procedure.

Our face is our most visible feature, one that through expression and appearance conveys what and how we feel. Facial aging includes a loss of skin elasticity and firmness, sagging tissue and wrinkles. These visible signs of aging can greatly impact how we feel about ourselves and how others see us. Even a person who is energetic and excited about life can appear tired or sad due to aging in the midface, jawline and neck.

Who is a Facelift Candidate?

If you are bothered by the signs of aging in your face, a facelift may be right for you. In general, a facelift corrects sagging facial skin, removes excess fat and restores firmness.

Look for sagging in the midface that creates a deep crease below the lower eyelid (called a tear trough) and between the nose and mouth. This sagging may make you appear tired and sad. As we age, the firmness of our facial muscles and the placement of fat cells can change. If those fat cells have fallen and you have lost muscle tone in the lower face, you may notice jowls forming (a jaw line that sags into the neck). Loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw can make even a person of normal weight appear to have a “double chin.”
As a restorative surgery, a facelift does not change your fundamental appearance and cannot stop the aging process. Although you will continue to age naturally, aging will progress from the more youthful version of you that has been restored by a facelift. Rejuvenation procedures typically performed in conjunction with a facelift are brow lift and eyelid surgery.

For the most part, facelift incisions are well healed within a week. You will be ready to return to work and light, normal activity sometime between 2 to 4 weeks. Healing will continue for at least several more weeks as swelling subsides and incision lines continue to improve. It may take several months for swelling to fully dissipate and up to 6 months for incision lines to mature, and you must practice careful sun protection until the healing is complete.

What Results Can I Expect?

Once healed, the incision lines are well concealed within the hairline and in the natural contours of the face and ear. The natural contours of your face will be more visible and enhanced by the procedure, giving you a rejuvenated, youthful appearance. Most patients find that the benefits of their facelift results are long-lasting, even as they continue to age.

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