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.