A facelift is a surgical procedure that can revitalize the face and neck. Also known as a “rhytidectomy,” a facelift removes excess skin and fatty tissue and tightens the facial muscles to give a patient with a more youthful and attractive appearance. At his South Florida practice, Dr. Timothy Alexander regularly performs facelift surgery for men and women.
Candidates for facelift surgery are in good physical and emotional health. They should have realistic expectations about the results of the procedure and have one or more of the following conditions:
- Sagging in the midface
- Loose skin and fat deposits in the face and/or neck
There are several different ways that a facelift can be carried out depending what parts of the face need improvement and the severity to which it exists. During your initial consultation, Dr. Alexander will discuss which technique is best suited for you.
This method targets the midface and the neck. The incision often begins at the hairline of the temples and continues around the ear in the lower scalp. After another incision is made underneath the chin, excess skin and fat tissue are removed and the skin is pulled tight. A full facelift is performed on patients who have extensive aging in the face and neck.
A neck lift is performed by making an incision around the earlobe and behind the ear into the lower scalp. This procedure is performed in combination with a full facelift surgery.
A mini facelift is aimed at improving just the midface, not the neck. Small incisions are made in the hairline at the temples, but do not extend all the way down to the ear or the hairline. Excess skin and fat are removed from the face and neck, and the facial muscles are tightened. Typically, this method is used on patients who have signs of aging in the face with minimal to no neck imperfections.
Once the facelift procedure is complete, your face will be bandaged for one day to minimize swelling and bruising. Medication will be prescribed to help ease any pain or discomfort that may exist over the next few days. Although the amount of downtime that is associated with a facelift depends on the technique that is performed, most patients are able to return to work after a week. It is important to avoid any strenuous exercise or activity for the first few weeks after surgery so the incisions will have time to heal properly.
If you are interested in restoring a youthful look to your face, we encourage you to call us at (954) 589-0722 today. You may also fill out our online contact form to schedule your consultation. Dr. Alexander is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and looks forward to meeting you.