Facelift Gainesville, Florida
A facelift is just one of the facial plastic surgery procedures offered at Gaines Plastic Surgery in Gainesville, Florida. Depending on a patient’s needs, a facelift may be performed in combination with another procedure such as rhinoplasty or eyelid surgery in order to ensure a comprehensive, natural-looking facial rejuvenation.
A number of different factors can cause a person’s face to develop noticeable wrinkles and lose its youthful appearance. Some of these factors include sun damage, stress, and the effects of gravity. A facelift, also referred to as a rhytidectomy, is performed to reverse the signs of aging by tightening facial muscles and removing excess fat and sagging tissue of the face. During a consultation at our Gainesville, Florida practice, we can determine if a facelift is the best solution for you or if you can benefit from another procedure, such as a Restylane® or BOTOX® injection or perhaps structural fat grating to the jaw line, cheekbones or lips. We can also determine if a combination of facial rejuvenation procedures would be best to meet your specific aesthetic needs.
The Facelift Procedure
During a facelift, the surgeon makes discreet incisions hidden along a patient’s hairline. These incisions may extend from the temple following along the contour around and behind the ear. Once the incisions are made, the skin is lifted, allowing the surgeon to remove excess fat and tighten the underlying facial muscles. Once that is complete, the skin is re-draped and adjusted and the incisions are closed. When you visit our practice in Gainesville, Florida, the facelift will be tailored to meet your needs. In some cases, where skin laxity is not as pronounced, lifting of the “midface” can be accomplished through a modest lower eyelid incision. The surgical approach to each patient is adjusted to meet that patient’s unique individual needs. The final surgical plan will be decided upon by the patient and Dr. Gaines during the preoperative consultation visit.
After Facelift Surgery
Following a facelift, a patient can expect to experience bruising and swelling for the first week to two weeks. A certain degree of tenderness and numbness of the skin is also normal following a facelift. The team at our Gainesville, Florida practice can provide more detailed instructions for facelift post-surgical care, but in general we advise patients to refrain from any strenuous physical activity during the first two weeks. We also advise patients to avoid alcoholic beverages, saunas, and steam baths for several months after surgery to help the body’s natural healing process.
Schedule a Facelift Consultation
It is important to schedule a consultation at our practice to discuss the facelift procedure and the risks and benefits involved. The team at Gaines Plastic Surgery will gladly answer your questions and address your concerns. We will help determine if you are a good candidate for a facelift and, whenever possible, will also suggest alternative treatments that can meet your unique goals.
To schedule an appointment at our Gainesville, Florida practice for a facelift consultation, contact Gaines Plastic Surgery today.