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Different faces age differently, but some similarities are common to all aging faces. With aging, the fullness of youthful cheeks fades as bone recedes and the deflated soft tissues of the mid-face sag. The ligaments of the face limit the descent of the soft tissues, leading to heavy jowls and deep nasolabial folds. Fat accumulates underneath the chin and in the jowls, and the muscles of the neck tend to sag. The skin also continues to age and sag with wrinkles, age spots, and broken blood vessels.
Facial aging patterns are determined by genetic makeup and environmental factors. Smoking is the most significant culprit in accelerating facial aging. Sun exposure and significant weight fluctuations may also contribute greatly to an aged appearance to the face. Reversing these processes is the goal of facial rejuvenation.
The evolution of the Facelift
The original Facelift was predominantly a skin tightening procedure. We have learned, however, that tightening only the skin is not the best way to rejuvenate a face. In order to create a natural appearance to the lifted face, surgery must restore the position and volume of the drooping deeper tissues of the face and neck. By directly addressing the drooping fat in the mid-face, jowl and neck, a deeper suspension may be performed. This creates a very natural appearance to the lifted face, avoiding a “stretched” look that many less advanced facelifts have.
A successful facelift may dramatically improve the nasolabial fold or groove between the nose and corner of the mouth. Jowls may be dramatically reduced and a firm jaw line may be established. Muscles may be tightened under the neck and fat may be removed and re-contoured. Loose folds of skin underneath the neck may be significantly tightened.
An important point to realize is that there is no single standard Facelift operation. Each patient presents a different anatomic picture and requires a different set of tools for an optimal, natural rejuvenation. At Finn Facial Plastics, you can be sure your treatment will be individualized to your particular needs.
Beware The Hype!
The media is replete with advertisements for procedures with catchy names that promise facelift results with no downtime. Some are done with surgery, others with lasers or machines or even threads. All of them promised dramatic results with minimal risk minimal down time or minimal costs. most of these “miracle cures” are nothing but hype and self-promotion and have failed the tests of time. At Finn Facial Plastics, you will never get a “one size fits all” treatment. Each patient is different and will require a different variety of treatments. At times, a smaller procedure with less downtime is appropriate. Usually, effective, durable solutions require more aggressive surgery. Here, you will never be oversold into a procedure that is not right for you and your specific concerns. We will offer time and scientifically proven treatments to most effectively address your individual concerns.
What can I expect from the procedure and recovery?
Facelifts are usually done in our accredited, private surgery suite under intravenous sedation combined with local anesthesia. This allows a painless surgical procedure that patients sleep through. If medically necessary, general anesthesia may be used as well. Some patients choose to stay in the hospital overnight, but most recover in the comfort of their own homes after surgery. We are conveniently located adjacent to the new Aloft Hotel and we can arrange discounted stays if needed. Private duty nurses are available for an additional charge to help in your recovery if needed.
Although a Facelift is generally a very safe procedure, complications may occur with any surgery. There are several things you can do to minimize the risks for complications. Any smoking may seriously impede wound healing and dramatically raise the risk for scarring. Please be candid with your surgeon if you are a smoker, as the procedure itself may need to be modified for you. All smoking must be stopped for at least two weeks before and two weeks after any Facelift procedure.
Following surgery, patients wear a large fluffy dressing for one to two days. After this is removed, patients may wash their face and hair gently. Sutures and staples are removed between one and two weeks. It is important to minimize activity following surgery and to keep the head elevated as much as possible. Ice packs are helpful for the first twenty-four hours.
Bruising and swelling are typical and may be dramatic after surgery. This resolves in varying amounts of time, generally within ten days to two weeks, and much of the bruising may be concealed with makeup at one week following surgery. Pain is surprisingly minimal following surgery, and the cheeks and ears may feel numb for several weeks.
Deciding to Schedule
You will be given a surgical quote at your consultation with Dr. Finn as well as any clearance forms required. Should you decide to schedule the procedure with Dr. Finn you will contact our patient care coordinator, Shannon Jones. At this time you will pick a procedure date that works for both you and Dr. Finn. At that time a $500.00 non-refundable surgery booking fee will be paid to reserve this day on Dr. Finn’s schedule. Once the surgery date is set we back track 2 weeks prior and schedule a pre-operative appointment.
At your preop you will have ample time with Dr. Finn to discuss your upcoming procedure in great detail and have all your questions answered. You will bring the required clearance forms to this visit unless we have already received them. We will review all pre and post operative care, prescribed medications and any provisions we may give you for use pre and post surgery. You will review and sign the consent for surgery and the balance will be due at the conclusion of this appointment.
What should I avoid before surgery?
It is vitally important to avoid all blood thinning medications/supplements for 2 weeks prior to surgery. This includes any aspirin or aspirin-containing products as well as any anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen or naproxen (including Motrin, Aleve and Advil). It is generally fine to be take Tylenol (Acetaminophen). Avoid supplements such as Vitamin E including multi vitamins, omega 3 fatty acids such as fish oil and flax seed oil. You will be given a complete list of medications/supplements to avoid at your pre op. All of \these medications can contribute to bleeding problems following surgery and can increase the amount of bruising.
What can I do to speed up my recovery time?
We want you back to your normal routine as quickly as possible so in addition to avoiding blood thinners we provide our surgical patients with a supply of Arnica Montana and Vitamin K cream which are both clinically proven to help reduce bruising and swelling. Vitamin K cream applied to your skin two weeks before surgery tends to reduce bruising. Arnica Montana is a homeopathic herb that helps to reduce swelling and bruising. We also have a laser called the V Beam Perfecta that is amazing at speeding up stubborn bruising! It targets the pigment in the bruise causing it to break up and dissipate much faster than it could by itself. We encourage surgery patients to take advantage of this laser treatment at no charge and it can be done as often as you want while the bruising is still present. We will also go over surgery specific tips at your pre op that can help speed up the down time!