A facelift, also known as a “rhytidectomy,” is the ideal surgical procedure for those who wish to correct sagging in the midface, deep creases below the eyelids, loss of muscle tone in the lower face, and skin and excess fatty deposits that can cause a double chin.

Facelift Candidate

Those considering a facelift should note that it is a restorative surgery and will not change your fundamental appearance, nor will it stop the aging process. The ideal candidate for a facelift can relate to the following:

  • Is in good physical health
  • Does not smoke
  • Has realistic expectations of the procedure

Facelift Procedure

You may choose either a traditional facelift or a limited incision facelift, depending on the results you desire.

A traditional facelift incision begins at the temples and follows the hairline around the ear and into the lower scalp. Fat in the face, jowls, and neck is repositioned. Underlying tissue is manipulated, and the deeper muscles of the face are usually lifted. The skin is then redraped over the new underlying structure, and any extra skin is trimmed.

An additional incision under the chin can be made to improve the neck. This technique gives the doctor more complete access to facial muscles to further improve the jowl and upper neck area.

A limited incision facelift in an alternative method that uses shorter incisions at the temples that follow the hairline around the ear. Sometimes an incision is also made within the lower eyes or under the upper lip. This technique allows the doctor to adjust the tissues that support the smile lines and jowls, and a moderate amount of loose skin can be tightened through these incisions. This method requires less recovery time than a traditional facelift because of the shorter incisions.

Recovery from Facelift

A bandage will be placed around your face to minimize swelling, and Dr. Thompson will prescribe medication to help with pain. A drainage tube may be used to remove any excess blood or fluid that collects under the skin. The doctor will give you specific instructions about what activities to avoid and how to check the site for infections or potential problems.

Facelift Results

Swelling may appear that can take up to several months to disappear completely. Results are long-lasting, but this procedure does not prevent the continuation of natural aging in the face. A healthy lifestyle and continued sunscreen usage will procure long-lasting results.

Risks and Side Effects of a Facelift

As with any surgery, there are some risks involved with a facelift. These include:

  • Scarring
  • Bleeding
  • Poor wound healing
  • Infection
  • Skin loss
  • Facial asymmetry
  • Pain
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Skin contour irregularities

Facelift Consultation

Dr. Thompson can help you decide if a facelift is right for you based on your health history, the anatomy of your face and skin, and your expectations for surgery. If you are considering a facelift in the Colts Neck, New Jersey area, call 732-410-4789 today or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.