When these factors have taken their toll, an individual may seek a “tune-up” in their looks by undergoing a facelift procedure. A facelift by Dr. Slack can tone the underlying tissues and muscles of the face and neck, remove excess, drooping skin, and smooth out wrinkles and creases in the skin that remains to provide a refreshed, rejuvenated appearance. Many of Dr. Slack’s facelift patients have been happy to report that their results “reflect how they truly feel” – renewed but “still the same person.”
Who Is a Good Candidate for a Facelift?
A good candidate for a cosmetic facelift meets the following characteristics:
- is a healthy adult man or woman whose face has developed flaws such as drooping, jowls, and sagging skin,
- has realistic expectations regarding what a facelift can and cannot change in his or her life, and
- understands the process and recovery period required and the benefits and risks of a facelift.
In an initial consultation, Dr. Slack will perform a physical examination and take a medical history. He will examine a potential facelift patient’s bone structure, skin qualities, and the extent of changes that are desired and appropriate. He discusses each individual’s goals with them in depth and explains the facelift technique that is most appropriate based on decisions made together.
Before a Facelift
A person whose facelift has been scheduled with Dr. Slack will be given complete pre-operative instructions, including:
- guidelines regarding food and fluid intake before the surgery,
- information about cessation of smoking at least two weeks prior to the surgery as well as medications and OTC drugs,
- arranging to have a friend drive the patient home after the recovery period,
- a full description of the recovery period, and the scheduling of post-op follow-up appointments, and
- a prescription for pain medication and an antibiotic.
The Facelift Procedure
Many different facelift techniques exist, and Dr. Slack gives each patient a full description of exactly what he will do in the facelift to be performed. Intravenous sedation (twilight) and general anesthesia are both available. A general rule is that incisions will be made in front of and/or behind the ears and may extend into the scalp.
After the incisions are made, the deeper layers of the face can be lifted and repositioned. Muscle tightening, liposuction of the neck and/or jowls, and excision of excess skin may all be performed as necessary. Once all of the lifting techniques are completed, the incisions are closed.
After the surgery is completed, the patient may have surgical dressings and/or small drainage tubes temporarily inserted beneath the skin to drain away fluid that might accumulate. A patient may need to stay overnight in a hospital or may be able to return home the day of the surgery; Dr. Slack will determine this.
Recovery after Facelift
The length of recovery time varies significantly from patient to patient. Dr. Slack and his staff monitor a patient’s recovery very carefully, and patients receive detailed instructions on how best to help their recovery along, including information on:
- use of analgesic medication, ice packs, or other medicines after a facelift,
- the removal of surgical dressings and stitches,
- avoiding smoking and second-hand smoke,
- swelling, bruising, numbness, or asymmetry and other temporary symptoms,
- the resumption of normal physical activity, and
- the normal range of emotions and concerns after a facelift.
Some degree of swelling after a facelift is perfectly normal, and within a few weeks, the final results of a facelift will be apparent. The incision scars from a facelift will fade with time; it may take up to six months for them to fade completely, but they’ll be placed as unobtrusively as possible and may never be seen, depending on a patient’s unique anatomy.
Talk to Dr. Slack about a Facelift in Plano and McKinney, Texas
If you feel that a facelift may be appropriate for you, schedule a private consultation with Dr. Slack to discuss your goals and concerns. He looks forward to speaking with you.