Millions of Americans go under the knife each year, using cosmetic surgery to improve their physical appearance or even resolve health issues. Among the many popular surgeries available is the facelift.
The Facelift Basics
Although you can have your facelift done on its own, if you are considering having other reconstructive surgeries, you might want to have them all done at once. This procedure is often combined with a forehead lift, nose reshaping, or eyelid surgery. A facelift is supposed to make your face the best it can be, so really go for it.
The process is simple. You will be numbed with sedation or put to sleep under general anesthesia. This way, you won’t feel any pain as the doctor makes surgical cuts on your face. Their is usually one incision made, starting around the hairline at the temples and continuing down in front of the ear and behind the earlobe.
Different plastic surgeons may resort to different techniques, especially as they are customizing the procedure to individual patients. Sometimes the fat tissues under your skin are removed and “lifted.” Other times, loose skin is moved or even removed entirely, and then stitches are used to close the cuts.
Here at our office, Dr. Totonchi will discuss the options with you to select what’s best for you personally. One technique we use is neck muscle tightening, and we know when it’s vital to get positive results. We make incisions carefully, in your hairline, to ensure the scars are not visible. In addition, we use CO2 laser to reduce the appearance of the final scar. We don’t use bandage after a procedure; you will have a drain on both sides for better healing. This reduces swelling and scar tissue. You may experience some swelling for a few weeks.