Facelift and Neck Lift Conveniently located to serve Kirkland and Bellevue
Facelifting is an art and a science. Each person and each face are unique with aging characteristics that necessitate thorough evaluation to determine which features might be considered for improvement. A review of photographs taken in younger years is helpful to suggest goals to be achieved. Typically, the loss of elasticity and continual pull of gravity create changes in our faces that result in deepening of the folds of our face, jowling, and descent of the soft tissue into the lower face.
Before any procedures are considered, correct skincare is essential to optimize the condition of the skin. Less invasive procedures including botox and fillers such as Restylane or Juvederm may be indicated. Face and neck suspension procedures, such as a facelift or platysmaplasty (tightening of the neck muscles) can elevate the soft tissue to a more youthful state.
The Facelift Procedure
While there are different facelift techniques that can be employed depending on your specific needs, the traditional facelift procedure will begin with the administration of an anesthetic to help keep you comfortable during the surgical process. Dr. Remington will make the incision starting from the beginning of the hairline at the temples, around the ears, and ending in the lower scalp. Limited incisions can be used at the temples and continue around the ear for patients with less skin sagging. Fat is then redistributed from the face, neck, and jowls. He will also position the underlying tissue to improve the facial contours.
Excess skin is then cut and the rest of the skin is re-draped over the uplifted facial contours. Once the necessary corrections are made, Dr. Remington will close the incisions and bandage the treatment area.
For an overview of facelift procedures, click on this Facelift link. Dr. Remington prefers to use minimal incision techniques and less undermining to still get the result we wish, but with less recovery downtime. An important point is to suspend the underlying soft tissue (called the submusculoaponeurotic system, or “SMAS”) for a more natural and longer-lasting facelift. Recovery of two to three weeks is common and most patients report little discomfort and a rapid return to their activities.
What Can You Do To Prepare For A Facelift?
You will have to undergo a medical evaluation prior to your facelift surgery. During this time your medical history will also be collected in order to help determine if you are a good fit for the procedure. You may be instructed to apply certain products to your face prior to the surgery and caution against taking some medications as these can increase the risk of bleeding during the procedure. You should also avoid smoking, as this can slow down your recovery following the surgery.
Recovery and Results
Since the facelift is an invasive surgical procedure, you will need to take some time off work and normal daily activities to properly rest and recover after undergoing the surgery. During this time, it’s important that you follow any post-surgical instructions provided to you. These will include avoiding strenuous activities, smoking, and drinking as these can disrupt the recovery process and hinder the end results. You can expect some swelling and bruising, but these side effects are temporary and will subside. The enhancements provided by the procedure can turn back the hands of time and dramatically transform your appearance. You can expect the changes to last for years after the procedure.
Contact Our Office
If you’re interested in learning more about facelift surgery, don’t hesitate to contact Remington Plastic Surgery to schedule your initial consultation today.
Dr Remington and his staff are the best. I just can’t say enough about them. 5 star service that is for sure.
– by J.S.