The Gradual Effects of a Facelift

As you grow older, your body starts to show different kinds of aging signs, including wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin on your face. While these signs are a natural part of life, you can reverse them through a facelift. This is a surgical procedure that helps correct and improves your facial appearance by getting rid of the wrinkles, lines, sagging skin, and other signs of aging.

But before you go for this procedure, you need to understand what to expect. This article talks about the gradual effects of a facelift.

Types of Facelifts

The ongoing advances in plastic surgery have led to the emergence of different types of facelift techniques that target other parts of your face. You need to be aware of some of these facelifts and their effects to choose the one that will give you the best outcome. The most common types of facelift include:

  • Traditional facelift: This procedure involves making an incision that runs from your temple to your lower scalp, running down in front and around your ear. Normally, this incision is a single continuous cut. Then, your surgeon will redistribute fat, reposition the deep tissues, lift the loose muscles, and trim excess skin to give your face a youthful look.
  • Limited incision facelift: This procedure involves a smaller cut than the traditional procedure. This incision may be located at your temple, lower eyelid, around your ears, or under your upper lip.
  • Neck lift: A neck lift procedure usually involves an incision running from the front of your ear lobe to your lower scalp through the rear part of your ear. This procedure helps to eliminate signs of aging from the lower part of your face, chin, and neck.

Effects of a Facelift

Before the facelift surgery, your surgeon will examine your face and review your medical history to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. They will look at your blood pressure, scarring, skin condition, medications, tobacco consumption, and drug use. Then you will be taken to the operating room if you qualify.

Unlike facial injections, a surgical facelift doesn’t offer instant results. The results of your surgery will show gradually as you continue to heal. In fact, some of the results will only be visible after three weeks. Sometimes you will still experience tightness, tingling, and residual swelling after the third week of recovery. Your scars might also remain visible for another two months.

If you would like to know more about facelifts, talk to Dr. Alspaugh right away.