Facial Plastic Surgery

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A facelift’s purpose is to correct signs of facial aging. Multiple factors take their toll on the skin as we age. The effects of gravity, exposure to the sun, smoking and stress can be seen on our faces. Typical signs of aging include: deep creases, loose or sagging skin, folds and fat deposits around the neck, and the formation of jowls on the cheeks and jawline. While a facelift cannot stop the process of aging, the procedure can appear to turn back the hands of time. This is accomplished by removing excess skin and fat and repositioning or tightening the facial tissue. Through this process, Dr. Bridgett Moore reveals a patient’s natural facial contours and creates a more refreshed appearance.

Ideal Candidates for a Facelift

Facelifts are designed to remove excess, sagging skin while simultaneously tightening any loose facial tissues beneath the skin. Typically, candidates for this procedure have concerns in the face that include:

  • Wrinkles
  • Sagging or loose skin
  • Jowls
  • Hollowed cheeks

Ideal patients for facelifts are in good health, do not smoke, and have achievable expectations. Before the surgery, you will schedule a consultation with Dr. Bridgett Moore. This process will allow her to perform a physical examination, review your medical history, and discuss your concerns and expectations.

Details of the Procedure

A facelift procedure can take anywhere from three to five hours, on average. The incision is made from the temple area and runs down along the front of the ear, wraps around behind the earlobe, and then to the back of the neck. Once the incision is made, facial muscles are lifted and repositioned. The skin is laid back over the repositioned tissue and the extra skin is removed. During this process, a small incision can also be made under the chin to allow the removal of excess fat in that area, as well. Additionally, neck muscles can be tightened just as the facial muscles. The incisions are closed in a careful manner along the face’s natural creases to ensure minimal scarring and maximal disguise. Together, these processes tighten underlying tissues, reduce wrinkles and creases, and restore a natural, more youthful look.

Recovery

Just like with most surgical procedure, patients are expected to have swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the days following the surgery. These symptoms can be controlled with medication. The dressings from your surgery can be removed within the first few days. Swelling and bruising generally subside over one to two weeks’ time. It is not uncommon to experience numbness; this symptom should fade after three to six weeks following the surgery. It is important to either stay out of the sun or wear sufficient sun protection to protect the incisions and promote better scar healing.

Results

Like mentioned previously, the aging process does not stop – no matter the efforts Dr. Bridgett Moore puts forth to provide patients with beautiful, lasting results. Having a facelift does not stop the clock, and your face will continue to age according to your genes and lifestyle habits. Some patients feel that always looking younger than their age is sufficient enough. Others, on the other hand, go in every five to fifteen years for follow-up procedures. Many patients have found incredible results by pairing different facial procedures, such as a brow lift or eyelid lift to further enhance or maintain their desired look.

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