A face lift (rhytidectomy) is a procedure designed to treat the sagging cheek and jowl region of the face and tighten the skin of the neck. The effect of the face lift is to provide an enhanced and more youthful appearance. The surgical technique is matched with the specific needs of the patient. The technique chosen may include either the "short scar" mini-face lift, the traditional "skin only" face lift, the "corset" neck lift or the popular "SMAS" lift for the sagging jowl. The method chosen is catered to the patient to promote inconspicuous scars and a natural appearance.
These procedures are usually performed under general anesthesia at the Wetherington Plastic Surgery Center and take three to six hours to complete. Incisions are planned to coincide with the natural skin creases in front of the ear, around the ear lobe and then behind the ear extending into the scalp. Usually a small incision is placed under the chin. Excess fat is removed from the neck, and the front edges of the neck muscles are sutured together to tighten the neck. The elevated skin flaps are then redraped over the face; excess skin is removed and the incisions closed.
The following day the dressing is removed, and the patient wears an elastic garment for three to six weeks to control swelling. Sutures are removed one to two weeks later. A patient generally restricts his/her social contacts for approximately three weeks to allow any swelling and bruising to subside.
During the complimentary consultation at the Wetherington Plastic Surgery Center you can explore many possibilities for facial rejuvenation. These options include the "short scar" mini-face lift, the traditional "skin only" face lift, the "corset" neck lift and the popular "SMAS" lift for the sagging jowl. You will learn the advantages of each of these techniques and receive a candid explanation about the risks and complications of the surgery.