New Jersey Face/Neck Lift - Rhytidectomy
The facelift has become one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures because, as medical advances and new technologies increase life span, many women and men find that they look older than they feel physically and mentally. A facelift, or rhytidectomy, can “turn back time” by adjusting the fat, muscle and skin of the face to create a smoother and more youthful appearance.
Although facelift is most commonly performed on patients in their forties to sixties, individuals in their seventies and eighties can still have a successful face lift. The key to a successful facelift is having skin that, while it may be sagging around the face or neck, still possesses some elasticity as well as having a bone structure that is well-defined and strong enough to support facial soft tissues.
The goal of the facelift is to lift, reposition and tighten the sagging skin and underlying muscles of the face and neck, as well as remove some excess skin and fat which tend to sag with advancing years or premature aging. There are many different techniques used for face lifting procedures which range from minimally invasive to deep plane facelift. Another common term is a short scar facelift, which usually implies that the incision does not continue into the posterior hairline, so no scars are visible when your hair is pulled back. Dr. Ovchinsky will discuss which type of procedure is best for you to achieve your goals.
While facelift techniques are varied to suit individual needs, the incisions in all cases are placed along natural skin creases and are generally imperceptible once they heal. The deeper tissues and muscles are repositioned to their more youthful setting.
Your experience should be safe, as well as comfortable. We have the unique ability to offer patients two different anesthesia options. Smaller procedures may be performed by taking oral medications before the procedure along with local anesthesia. More extensive procedures usually require so-called “twilight” anesthesia (medication given intravenously along with local anesthesia) or general anesthesia.
Facelift surgery does not correct problems in the upper and lower eyelids nor the wrinkles or creases around the lips. Procedures that compliment facelift surgery and are often done at the same time include: eyelid surgery, forehead/brow surgery, chin implant and fat transfer.
Dr. Ovchinsky will advise you which procedures would be beneficial to complement the facelift based on your particular situation.
Most patients are presentable a little over one week after surgery, however many patients are up and about within the first few days. The face and neck are particularly sensitive to swelling and a certain degree of bruising is to be expected. Because incisions are placed around the creases of the ears, scars are barely visible. Sutures are removed 5-7 days after surgery and camouflage makeup can be applied at one week. As incisions heal, you may experience some numbness or itching at the site. Discomfort is mild and easily controlled with oral medication. The application of cold ice pads is extremely comforting after surgery and compresses should be applied the first few days to minimize bruising and swelling. Light exercise can be started 2 weeks after surgery however aerobic walking can resume after the first week. As with any plastic surgery procedure, the healing process with a facelift is gradual, but the benefits from surgery will last for years.
Naturally, everyone contemplating the operation is interested in how much improvement they can expect and for what duration. The amount of improvement depends on the degree of wrinkling and sagging present; if it is excessive, the results may be dramatic; if sagging is premature and the operation is being done to attempt to keep the patient looking young, the improvement may be more subtle. Remarks may be made that the face appears “less tired” and “looks livelier”. Numerous patients of Dr.Ovchinsky commented repetitively that they are extremely happy with the natural appearance of their results, and that they look younger, rested and refreshed.
A facelift helps turn back the clock, however it does not stop the ticking. The duration of improvement cannot always be accurately predicted. If wrinkling and/or sagging are severe it will obviously be a while before the condition becomes as bad as it was before surgery, usually about 10 years. If the aging process in the face is very rapid, the wrinkling and sagging may re-occur more rapidly.
So, if you are tired of looking in the mirror and seeing a face that looks older than it feels, a facelift is something to consider. We understand that it is a big decision to make. Therefore, please do not hesitate to benefit from Dr. Ovchinsky’s knowledge and great expertise so you could feel more comfortable and confident during your decision making process.
How do I know if I am a candidate for facelift?
You may be a candidate for a facelift if you answer “yes” to any items below:
- The skin of the middle and lower face is getting saggy.
- The jaw line is not smooth anymore, has jowls.
- The skin under the chin is saggy and loose.
- The bands under the chin are becoming more visible.
- The under chin area is too full and the angle between the chin and the neck is not as sharp as it used to be.
If you have any of the above conditions, facelift could improve your looks. Independent on the problem at hand, the goals of the surgery are always the same- to produce natural, not over-pulled appearance with long lasting results.