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Cusimano Plastic Surgery
Facelift Baton Rouge, LA
A facelift is a comprehensive approach to correcting facial wrinkles and sagging skin caused by aging. The procedure can range from minimally invasive to more extensive surgery, depending on the amount of correction desired. This procedure removes excess skin, tightens underlying tissues, corrects midface sagging, marionette lines, jowls, and a double chin for a more youthful appearance.
WHO IS A FACELIFT CANDIDATE?
If you have sagging skin on your midface or jawline, deep nasolabial folds or marionette lines, facial fat that has fallen or become displaced, sagging skin resulting in jowls, or a double chin caused by excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw, a facelift may be right for you. Ideal candidates will be in good health. A consultation is the best way to determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure.
THE FACELIFT PROCEDURE
Depending on the amount of change that you would like to see, you can choose from a traditional facelift or a limited incision facelift.
A traditional facelift incision begins in the hairline near the temples, continues around the ear, and ends in the lower scalp. Fat is sculpted and redistributed from the face, neck, and jowls, and underlying tissue is repositioned. Skin is redraped over the new contours and excess skin is trimmed away, revealing a more youthful facial appearance.
A limited incision facelift uses shorter incisions at the temples that continue around the ear. This procedure is reserved for individuals with less sagging skin, as the results are less dramatic than a traditional facelift.
What to Expect After a Facelift
After your facelift procedure, you may be placed in a compression garment, which should be worn as directed to reduce swelling and support your new facial contours. Swelling is to be expected, and mild to moderate discomfort may occur, which can be controlled with pain medication. Bruising should subside over the next 10-14 days. Be sure to avoid strenuous activity and bending and lifting for 2-6 weeks, and refrain from direct sun exposure to ensure scars heal correctly.
Does a facelift make you look younger?
The primary purpose of a facelift is to create a younger, rejuvenated look by reducing wrinkles or sagging skin.
How can I tighten loose skin on my face?
A facelift is one of the most effective methods of tightening loose skin on the face.
How long does it take bruising on the face to go away?
It can take several weeks for bruising to subside after a facelift. You can help this by avoiding blood-thinning medications, using ice packs, and keeping your head elevated.
How do I get rid of my double chins?
Double chins can be removed through liposuction. This can be achieved as part of your facelift if necessary.
How do I tighten my jawline?
A facelift can reduce the appearance of jowls, effectively tightening the jawline.
How do I reduce swelling in my face?
Applying a cold compress, taking prescriptions as instructed, and wearing a compression garment after your facelift can help to reduce swelling.
How do I prepare for a facelift?
Make sure to follow your plastic surgeons instructions for filling prescriptions, stopping medications and smoking, preparing any recovery materials, and avoiding food or drink the day of surgery. Additionally, make sure to arrive to your surgery free of any makeup or skincare products, and wear loose-fitting, easily-removable clothing.
How do you reduce swelling after a facelift?
You’ll be prescribed medications to help manage swelling after your facelift, so make sure to take these according to instructions. Also, avoid laying down and keep your head elevated while sleeping.
How long after a facelift can I exercise?
Your plastic surgeon will give you the best estimate of when you can return to your regular exercise regimen. Generally, you should expect to wait about 6 weeks before gradually returning to your normal level of activity.