Our faces are out there every day, on the front lines of the battle with the sun and the elements. While we cover up everywhere else on our bodies, our faces are left exposed. Couple this exposure with the general sagging and loosening of our skin as we age and what are you left with? Wrinkles, creases, volume loss —a face that can make people think you’re older than you actually are.
That’s when it’s time for a facelift with Dr. Ferraro. A facelift removes loose skin on your mid-face and neck, tightens underlying tissue, and removes excess fat. A well-executed facelift can take 10 to 15 years off of a person’s face.
There are various ways that Dr. Ferraro performs a facelift, clinically known as a rhytidectomy. A facelift doesn’t address your forehead and brows. This confuses some people who expect a facelift to cover the entire face. The brow and forehead are targeted separately (or they can be done in conjunction) by a brow lift. A facelift actually targets the mid-face down into the top of the neck. If you have extreme creasing in the neck, patients also may opt to have a more extensive neck lift included.
For this long-performed procedure, incisions usually begin in the hairline at the temples, descend in front of the ears in the sideburn area, and continue down and around the ear, ending in the lower scalp. The skin is lifted away from the underlying tissue and fat. To avoid a gaunt look, fat is usually sculpted and redistributed across the face, jowls, and neck. Underlying tissues are repositioned and muscles are tightened and lifted. Then the skin is re-draped over the now uplifted contours and excess skin is trimmed away.
To address the upper neck, Dr. Ferraro will often make a second incision under the chin. This allows better access to jowls and fat under the chin, along with the tissues and fat in the neck.
Limited Incision Facelift
A limited incision facelift, as the name implies, involves shorter incisions made at the temples and around the ear, and possibly in the lower eyelid and upper lip. A limited incision facelift isn’t as all encompassing as the traditional facelift, providing rejuvenation mainly around the eyes and mouth.
If the patient has significant sagging jowls, loose skin, and fat that has accumulated under the chin, a separate neck lift may be included. Here, the incision begins in front of the earlobe and wraps behind the ear ending in the lower scalp. The neck skin is lifted away and the underlying muscles and tissue are repositioned. The skin is then lifted upward and excess is trimmed before the incisions are closed with stitches and skin glue.
Facelift Recovery And Results
Facelifts create extensive bruising and swelling due to the repositioning of muscle and tissue and the re-draping of the skin. This will last for two to three weeks, and you will probably not want to go out in public during this time. The first few days are not easy, but you will improve quickly and will feel much better by the time your stitches are removed in one week. Facelifts leave patients with numbness across areas of the face. This is totally normal and may last for weeks, even months, as the nerves re-establish themselves. Often, once the numbness passes, you may feel itching sensations at your incision sites. But this also passes.
Unfortunately, while your facelift temporarily stops your aging, the process continues. Many people opt to have another facelift, often with limited incisions, in five or ten years.
Facelift Before And After
Who Should Have A Facelift?
Thanks to all of the sun exposure most of us have had, particularly those who frequent the Jersey Shore, most people could benefit from a facelift. Plus, when you consider that we keep living longer, turning back the clock is an appealing notion. You won’t stop the aging process, obviously, but you’ll push it back.
These are the areas and conditions of the face that a facelift addresses:
- Loose skin and sagging in the mid-face
- Deep lines running from the corner of your nose to the corner of your mouth (nasolabial folds)
- Deep wrinkles on the cheeks and sagging around the cheekbones, eyes, lips
- Loose skin and fat under the chin
- Loose skin, wrinkles, “ cords,” or excess fatty tissue in the neck
Is A Facelift Painful?
In general, a facelift is a less painful procedure than other surgeries.