Lines and wrinkles can have a dramatic impact on the overall appearance of your face. Even just a few lines here and there can cause you to look years older than you feel inside or actually are. While various skin care tips such as using sunblock and staying well hydrated are ideal for improving your general health and appearance, sometimes this can only go so far. That is where cosmetic surgery comes in to play. A plastic surgeon can help you look years younger using the latest wrinkle reduction/anti-aging techniques.

One of the most popular options for treatment is the facelift/mid-facelift. Let’s take a moment right now to discuss the traditional facelift and how it can be of great benefit to you and your needs.

About Facelift

The facelift is a facial rejuvenation surgery that is performed in order to reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and sagging around the corners of the eyes and the cheek area. The surgery involves the careful removal of loose skin coupled with the tightening of the patient’s remaining skin in order to achieve optimal results.

Ideal Candidates for Facelift Surgery

The best candidates for facelift surgery are people who suffer from wrinkles, lines, and sagging of the middle portion of the face. They should be in good overall health and not suffer from any kinds of health issues that would make surgery of any kind a health problem. Patients should also have realistic expectations about the surgical process and what it entails.

The Facelift Procedure

During a facelift, patients are usually placed under general anesthesia in order to prevent major panic or discomfort. Incisions are made around the back of the ear extending along the sideburns and/or the lower portion of the hairline. Through this incision, underlying structures of the face are adjusted and excess tissue is carefully removed. The remaining skin is then pulled tighter to eliminate wrinkles.

Early Recovery from Facelift Surgery

Following a facelift, bruising, swelling, and discomfort are all normal. Patients are encouraged to get a lot of rest with their head and back elevated. Patients should to refrain from sleeping on their side as well as any strenuous physical activities until advised otherwise, especially activities that involve vigorous movements, heavy lifting, or bending over. Steam baths and saunas are also to be avoided for several weeks since this can affect the overall healing and recovery process.

What to Expect During the First Weeks of Facelift Recovery

Within the first week, patients will have visited the practice for a followup and should notice a reduction of the severity of various side effects. Numbness, particularly around the incision sites, may last for a few weeks, which is normal. Patients will be able to return to work after the first week so long as they are healing okay and their job duties do not involve major physical exertion. The vast majority of patients should be able to resume most of their normal daily routine after two weeks.

Learn More About Your Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Options

If you would like more information on facelift surgery and your many other options for facial rejuvenation and aesthetic enhancement, be sure to contact our Gainesville, Florida cosmetic plastic surgery center today. Our entire team looks forward to helping you achieve a more youthful and refreshed appearance through the latest in cosmetic plastic surgery techniques.