In time, gravity, sun exposure and the stresses of daily life take their toll on our faces and necks. Deep creases appear beside the mouth, the jaw line slackens and becomes jowly, and the neck develops loose folds and fat deposits. Facelifts (Rhytidectomy) counteract these signs of aging by tightening muscle, removing fat and trimming excess skin, giving your face a fresher, youthful look.
Facelifts are most effective for patients who want to correct:
During your initial consultation, you will meet with Dr. Burnett and staff. Your previous surgeries, your medical history, medications you are presently taking and your overall physical and emotional health will be reviewed. Your skin quality will also be evaluated. Photographs may be taken for your medical record. Dr. Burnett will determine what you benefit from most and whether or not additional procedures will be necessary for you to achieve your desired results. Recovery time, risks and limitations associated with surgery will be also be discussed. The doctor’s patient coordinator will review surgical costs and scheduling with you.
Facelifts are typically outpatient procedures and will be performed in a surgery center or hospital and usually require general anesthesia. The procedure may take several hours depending on the extent of the correction desired and the technique used by the doctor. This is discussed during the consultation and determined in accordance with your desired results.
The traditional facelift (full facelift) involves making small incisions just inside the hairline and travels down to the front of the ear, around the earlobe and behind the ear to the lower scalp at the hairline. Tissue and fat deposits are separated, the skin is stretched and tightened and any excess skin is removed. Small stitches are used to close the incisions. Scars are hidden in the hairline and natural contours of the face.
After your surgery, Dr. Burnett will fit your face with bandages in order to reduce swelling and decrease the recovery time. Stitches, clips or staples are usually removed one week after the surgery.
At first, you may experience swelling, numbness, bruising and a feeling of tightness or tension in the face and neck. Your face may look uneven or distorted, and your facial muscles may feel stiff. Most of these usually resolve within 3 to 6 weeks and sensation typically returns to normal within a few months. Many patients return to work by the third week. Cosmetics can be used to minimize the appearance of bruising.