Facelift (Rhytidectomy) in Colorado Springs
What is a facelift?
A facelift can set back the clock for patients. Aging of the skin, sun damage, gravity, or genetics can cause the skin of the face to sag. Deep creases can form between the nose and mouth, the jaw line can become slack and jowly, and fat deposits and folds can appear around the neck. A facelift can rejuvenate your face, helping you appear years younger. By tightening underlying muscles, eliminating excess facial fat and redraping the skin of the face and neck, a facelift or mini facelift can help women and men look years younger.
While a facelift cannot stop the aging process, it can help you look significantly younger for years to come.
A facelift will help with the visible signs of aging such as:
Sagging in the middle of your face
Deep creases below the lower eyelids
Deep creases along the nose extending to the corner of the mouth
Fat that has fallen or has disappeared
Loss of skin tone in the lower face that creates jowls
Loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw can give even a person of normal weight the appearance of a double chin
What a facelift won't do
The loss of youthful contours in the face can be due to a variety of factors, including heredity, gravity, environmental conditions, and stress.
Rejuvenation procedures typically performed in conjunction with a facelift are brow lift, to correct a sagging or deeply furrowed brow, and eyelid surgery to rejuvenate aging eyes.
As a restorative surgery, a facelift does not change your fundamental appearance and cannot stop the aging process.
A facelift can only be performed surgically; non-surgical rejuvenation treatments cannot achieve the same results, but may help delay the time at which a facelift becomes appropriate and complement the results of surgery.
A mini-facelift differs from a full facelift in a few ways. A limited incision length and endoscopic techniques are used to tighten underlying facial tissues. This approach is less invasive, which results in a quicker recovery and provides a youthful appearance.
A mini facelift may be for you if:
- you have a mild amount of sagging skin in the midface, jaw area and neck
- you are in your 40’s – 50’s and want to correct early signs of aging (although candidates range in age)
- you need a little help but aren’t ready for more invasive surgery
The procedure time is 60 – 90 minutes and typical recovery time is 2 – 3 weeks with results averaging between 8 – 12 years depending on the elasticity in your skin.
A traditional facelift addresses multiple signs of aging and produces a dramatic improvement. Natural balance of the face, neck and jawline is restored by tightening the deep layers of tissue and muscle beneath the skin resulting in a smoothing out of deep wrinkles.
A FULL FACELIFT MAY BE FOR YOU IF:
- you have excess or sagging facial skin
- you have deep facial creases
- you are in your 50s- 70’s and want your face to age more slowly
The procedure time is 2 – 4 hours and it will take about two weeks before you can resume work. Swelling and bruising can take a bit longer to go completely down 1 – 2 months especially if other surgeries are done at the same time as your facelift. The results are dramatic and can make you look 10 years younger.
During your facelift recovery, a bandage might be placed around your face to minimize swelling and bruising once your procedure is completed. Thin tubes may be present to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect under the skin.
You will be given specific instructions that may include how to care for the surgical site and drains, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health, and when to follow up with Dr. Walker.