Cosmetic face surgery has come a long way with the advancements in medical technology providing today’s patients with a much broader selection of surgical options. Dr. Hardy performs a variety of facial surgeries, implant surgeries and rejuvenation procedures that will restore and enhance the natural beauty of your face. Facelifts are surgical procedures designed to smooth and firm the skin to provide a fresh, youthful appearance for men and women. Throughout one’s life, the sun’s radiation, stress, gravity and other environmental factors can cause the skin to loosen and sag. A face lift allows a plastic surgeon to tighten the skin of the face and neck. Around the jaw line is especially prone to showing signs of the aging process in both men and women. Although these changes occur gradually, wrinkles and other signs of aging can make you look and feel much older than you really are.
Facelift surgery involves the contraction and realignment of facial and neck skin by a cosmetic plastic surgeon. In some instances, Dr. Hardy will remove the excess fat deposits that formed in these areas. Facelifts are often performed in combination with other facial surgery like a neck lift, brow lift, eye lift, eyelid surgery or eyebrow lift. Dr. Hardy can discuss your options for facial surgery at any time after the signs of aging start to appear. However, most patients of the Plastic Surgery Center & Medical Spa are generally in their forties, or older, when they elect to have a facelift procedure.
Reasons for Considering a Facelift
- Sagging Facial Skin or Facial Muscles Around the Face and Neck
- Excess Skin and Fat Deposits on the Neck
- A Sagging Jaw Line
- Crease Lines Along the Nose, Mouth and Chin
Dr. Hardy will discuss any concerns you have about facelift cost prior to making a decision regarding your facelift or other facial surgery. Depending upon your needs for plastic surgery some facial procedures may be covered by your health insurance policy. Our qualified team at the Dr. Hardy Plastic Surgery will gladly assist you in understanding the costs of your facelift and will explain how you might finance your facial surgery.
General Procedure for a Facelift
The standard procedure for a facelift commonly involves a plastic surgeon making small incisions just inside your hairline. The cosmetic surgeon then follows the contour of your face in front of your ear and continues under the earlobe to the backside of the ear all the way to the lower scalp. Facial tissue and fat deposits are separated. The facial skin is stretched, tightened and any excess skin is removed. If the neck line requires attention, an additional incision is made under the chin and the same procedure is followed for a neck lift. Minuscule stitches are used to close the incisions and to reduce any chance of scarring. Metal clips or staples may also be utilized at the hairline to complete your facelift surgery.
Your face lift may take several hours or longer depending on whether other cosmetic procedures are completed at the same time. Sometimes, Dr. Hardy will recommend that other procedures be performed as a separate facial surgery. There are several facelift techniques that Dr. Hardy can choose from based on your particular needs. You can discuss with Dr. Hardy facelift costs and which method he recommends as best for you during your personal consultation for cosmetic facial surgery.
Recovery Process from Facial Surgery
Immediately after your facelift surgery, your face will be fitted with bandages to decrease your recovery time and to reduce the swelling that follows facial surgery. Generally, your plastic surgeon’s post-operative instructions will call for plenty of rest and limited movement to speed your healing and reduce recovery time. The stitches, clips or staples used during your facelift surgery are normally removed within a week. After a facelift, neck lift, eye lift, eyelid lift or brow lift, patients sometimes report minor pain commonly associated with any facial surgery. Your discomfort can likely be treated effectively using oral medications. While complications after facial surgery are rare, as the patient, you can minimize potential problems by carefully following the directions given to you by Dr. Hardy after your face lift procedure.