Facelift

As you age, you loose fullness in your cheeks   and you develop a more square face with jowls and deep folds around your mouth.  With a Facelift, also called Rhytidectomy, Dr. K. Roxanne Grawe can take years off your appearance, giving you back that naturalfullness to your cheekbones, and recreating the youthful contour your face once had!  There are many different types of Facelifts, so YOUR Facelift can be tailored to your needs.

Aspire to be...as young as you feel! 

HOW IT WORKS:

Consultation and Planning:

When you come to a consultation at ROXY Plastic Surgery, Dr. Grawe will examine you to help you decide what type of Facelift would be best for you.  This will depend on what changes you want to accomplish and how much “downtime” you have.  She will decide if you need a mini-facelift or a full-facelift with a necklift.  She will show you where the hidden scars will be and discuss each of your concerns in front of the mirror.

The Surgery:

A Facelift is an outpatient operation, which means you can go home the same day.  It takes about 2-3 hours to complete and you can go into “twilight sleep” (IV sedation) or have general anesthesia.  Incisions will be made in the hairline and behind the ears to lift the tissues underneath your skin, reduce your wrinkles and give your cheeks a more youthful lift.  Sometimes liposuction is added to give your chin a better contour.  Many patients combine a Facelift with an eyelid lift or Blepharoplasty to keep their face in youthful harmony.

Recovery

You will notice a difference immediately after surgery but you will be swollen and the results will improve with time as the swelling goes down.  Your stitches will be removed in the office about 5 days after surgery.

You should not lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk for at least 2 weeks after surgery.  You should walk around immediately after surgery and NOT stay in bed.  This is important to prevent blood clots.  You may remove your outer dressing and shower 48 hours after surgery.  You should eat a healthy diet and as much protein as possible to promote good healing.

You may drive and return to work when you are no long taking prescription pain medicine.  Most people are able to return to a light duty job 1-2 weeks after surgery.

Remember that everyone is different.  Recovery times and progression is not the same for everyone.  The times stated are typical for healthy individuals healing from this surgery.  The normal progression of healing may be different for those with health problems, smokers, and those who have unforeseen complications after surgery.

RISKS:

With every surgery there are risks involved including bleeding, infection, blood clots, pain, scarring, delayed healing and need for further surgery.  Here are some complications specific to Rhytidectomy:

Asymmetry: Most faces are not symmetrical from one side to the other and there may be asymmetries after surgery as well.

Scarring: The scars are hidden well in the hairline and heal very thin on the face.  There may be a scar that looks worse than normal and additional treatments can be done to improve the result.

Nerve Damage: Very rarely, there can be damage to nerves on your face.  This could result in sensation or motor problems and could require further procedures to address.

Hematoma: If a structure under the skin begins to bleed after surgery, a hematoma can form.  If it continues to grow, it can put pressure on the skin and cause the skin to be damaged.  This would require further surgery.