A patient’s face is an essential representation of who they are. Facial appearance aids in recognition, non-verbal communication, and first impressions of identity and personality. Facial aging will alter facial appearance and perhaps affect how a face is presented. Signs of facial aging are jowls, flattened cheeks, and sagging skin,
The facelift procedure is also known as a Rhytidectomy. The surgical plan depends largely on the individual features and goals of the patient. In general, the incision for a facelift begins within the hairline above each ear and continues around and behind the ear.
Dr. Doherty will reposition the muscles and other underlying facial soft tissues to smooth the face’s architecture into a more youthful appearance. This type of facelift is effective in creating a long-lasting youthful appearance compared with other surgical procedures where only the skin is tightened.
The facelift procedure is often combined with fat grafting. Harvesting one’s own fat and injecting it to improve the volume loss that comes with age in the face is hugely successful. During a facelift, fat can be injected into the cheeks, nasolabial folds and in the perioral area with excellent results.
After a facelift, patients will commonly experience a moderate amount of swelling and bruising. These effects will go away in two to three weeks. During the post operative time, patients should avoid alcohol, heavy housework, pools and saunas. About two weeks after the facelift procedure, most patients are able to return to their jobs and enjoy their everyday activities.
If you would like to take advantage of the fresh new look attainable through a facelift contact Boston plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Doherty today to schedule a consultation. Call his Boston (617) 450.0070 or Brookline (617) 735.8735 office to learn more today.