With age comes fine lines, wrinkles and volume loss, and their increasing progression may make you feel self-conscious about your appearance. Although natural aging is a fact of life, it’s not impossible to turn back the clock and recapture youthful qualities in your face.
As an option for cosmetic enhancement, you may want to consider facelift surgery — a procedure that targets the facial muscles and excess skin that’s making you appear older. Dr. Andrews performs facelift surgery in a private and modern environment.
Is a Facelift Right for You?
You might view a facelift as the most efficient way to reduce visible signs of aging, but it’s not always the right procedure for everyone who wants to look younger. Dr. Andrews will design your facelift around the particular problem areas you’ve noticed, which could include:
- Creases along the lower eyelids
- Facial folds starting from the nose and traveling to the mouth
- A loss of fat in the cheeks and around the eyes
- The appearance of jowls in the lower face
- Sagging in the midface region
- Loose skin and fatty deposits in the neck and chin
Facelift surgery is beneficial for those who display moderate to severe facial aging, and who have realistic expectations regarding their results. However, it may also be an appropriate option if you’re exhibiting only the beginning signs of aging, as it can produce significant results and dramatically restore a youthful appearance. During a personal consultation, you and Dr. Andrews can determine whether facelift surgery is right for you.
Finding the Right Technique
Dr. Andrews will examine the quality of your skin to understand the best way to approach your facelift and create the most natural result. Depending on the amount of skin laxity and volume loss present, Dr. Andrews will choose the best technique.
Facelift procedures vary, depending on your cosmetic goals. A more traditional facelift will start with an incision at the hairline near the temples, and wrap around the ears toward the back of the scalp. For rejuvenation that focuses on the neck and jowls, an incision might begin in front of the earlobes and end at the lower scalp.
Regardless of the incisional technique, Dr. Andrews will focus on eliminating fatty deposits, excising lax skin, and repositioning facial tissues. Your facelift is also an ideal time to receive additional rejuvenation procedures such as an eyelid or eyebrow lift.
What Can You Expect After Facelift Surgery?
The time it takes to complete facelift surgery depends on the areas being treated, but typically, you can expect the procedure to take between two and four hours under general anesthesia. Afterward, Dr. Andrews will insert drains, wrap your face in bandages, and transport you to a private recovery area.
Dr. Andrews will provide you with aftercare instructions to follow at home. To address the pain you may experience, Dr. Andrews can prescribe oral medications for you to take as you heal. During follow-up appointments, Dr. Andrews will ensure that your incisions are healing properly.
You will experience some swelling for several weeks after your facelift, but as the results of your procedure appear, you will be able to show off a more youthful appearance. To learn more about facelift surgery or to find out whether the procedure is right for you, contact PCI Plastic Surgery at (319) 382-8230 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Andrews.