Where are the scars located for a facelift?
The incisions for a facelift are placed along the ear contour as close to the ear as possible, behind the ear, and in the hairline. There may or may not be an incision under the chin. Our facelift patients, who come to us from Rochester, Syracuse, and Buffalo, NY, and beyond, may have small scars from these incisions that are placed in areas not readily noticeable to others.
Will I be bruised or swollen?
Some swelling and bruising is to be expected. Bruising is treated with Arnica, an herb that will be provided by our office. While experiences vary, in general swelling and bruising peak 48 hours post-surgery and gradually subside over the following 10 to 14 days.
How long do I have to stay out of the public eye?
You can expect go back to work complete with makeup within 2 weeks after your facelift.
Are there age restrictions for having a facelift?
There is no age restriction for facelift surgery; however you must be in general good health to undergo surgery. Each person ages differently, but the general age range of our facelift patients is between 45 and 70 years old.
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Are drains placed and if so, when are they removed?
A drain is placed on either side of the neck at the time of surgery and is removed the very next morning at your post-operative day one appointment. The purpose of the drains is to remove any excess bloody drainage from the surgical site that could slow down healing. It is a standard practice for our facial plastic surgeons to use drains to ensure safe healing from facelift surgery.
When are the sutures removed after a facelift?
There are a number of sutures used for a facelift procedure. While individual experiences vary, we typically remove the sutures that are in front of the ears between day 4 to 5 after surgery and the sutures behind the ear and some staples on day 7. By day 10, any remaining sutures or staples are removed.
Are there non-surgical options for facelift?
There are other options to address facial aging, but none will have the dramatic results of surgery. Surface lines and wrinkles can be improved with what is sometimes called a “liquid facelift,” or injectable fillers. There is also a non-surgical procedure called Ultherapy®, which uses ultrasound therapy to tighten and firm skin. The results are gradual and will not duplicate surgery.
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