As you age, the skin on your face and neck begins to loosen, folds and fat deposits appear around the neck, deep creases form between the nose and mouth, and the jaw line becomes slack. Factors that contribute to aging include genetics, habits, gravity and sun exposure. Dr. Dawes can perform a surgical facelift (rhytidectomy) to help minimize sagging, drooping and wrinkled skin on the face and neck, and restore a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance.
Not all patients are suitable candidates for a facelift—a consultation will help determine if this procedure is right for you. Patients may first be advised to try other, non-permanent solutions such as Botox, fillers and skin rejuvenation.
As with other cosmetic procedures, a surgical facelift is a personal decision. It should be done only to help you feel positive about your appearance rather than to fit a particular image or ideal. A facelift does not change your fundamental appearance, or stop the aging process.
In a traditional facelift, an incision is made following a course from the temple area, around the ear and into the lower scalp. While performing a facelift, Dr. Dawes may:
After draping the skin over the uplifted contours, Dr. Dawes will trim away any excess skin before closing with sutures. A second incision may be made under the chin to improve the aging appearance of the neck.
Recovery time is about two to four weeks. Final results will be long lasting, but swelling may take several months to dissipate, and incision lines up to six months to refine and fade. Diligent sun protection and a healthy lifestyle will help maintain and extend your rejuvenated appearance.