facelift surgery

FACELIFT SURGERY (Rhytidectomy)

Over time, there are changes to the facial skin and soft tissues that can be exacerbated by weight changes, and sun exposure. The facial skin loses elasticity and begins to sag. The volume of our faces generally begins to shift from higher positions to lower ones and the cheeks may become hollow and jowls develop. The neck contours may begin to develop bands and the once crisp angle between the jaw and neck becomes more obtuse. Skin folds and wrinkles become more prominent through changes in muscular action and gravity.

Facelift surgery is designed to correct these problems. During the procedure, the facial skin is elevated and drooping tissues are repositioned. Excess volume can be removed from areas that have developed fatty deposits using facial liposuction. In other areas that have experienced atrophy or tissue loss, fat can be grafted to help restore this lost volume. This is followed by redraping the skin in a gentle fashion to avoid a "pulled look" and to create a face with a natural appearance.

The incisions necessary to perform a facelift can be individualized to fit a specific patient's needs. The incision generally begins inside the hairline in the temporal region, continues in a natural crease around the earlobe, and then extends to the nape of the neck. An additional incision may be necessary underneath the chin to adequately address problems in the neck. These incisions are used to tighten the underlying muscles and reposition drooping tissues.

The procedure causes little discomfort which is relieved with pain medication. Some mild bruising and swelling is common after surgery and usually subsides within 2-4 weeks. In women, cosmetics can be applied after the sutures are removed. Activities that may elevate the blood pressure are recommended to be avoided during the first two weeks. Heavy lifting is not permitted during this time period.

Facelift surgery is well suited to be performed in an accredited ambulatory outpatient SurgiCenter. The procedure can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation or with general anesthesia. In patients with more significant surgical needs or those with other medical problems, the surgery will be performed in the hospital.

Thousands of facelift surgeries are successfully performed each year. Nevertheless, you should be aware of the potential hazards of surgery and specific risks associated with facelift surgery. Postoperative complications such as delayed healing, nerve damage, infection, or localized collections of blood are uncommon. Smokers should be aware that smoking is strongly discouraged for 4 weeks before and after the surgery. Complications arise more frequently when a patient continues to smoke. Risk of complications can be minimized by closely following Dr. McKane's advice on follow-up care during the healing process.

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DR. BRICE W. MCKANE

Texas Plastic Surgery Associates

7777 Forest Lane, Suite C-504
Dallas, TX 75230

Office:  972-566-3939
Fax:      972-566-3999