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Facelifts in Virginia Beach

Are you interested in enhancing your facial features? For many Virginia Beach patients, the energy and vitality they feel inside do not match the image they see in the mirror. A facelift procedure by our board certified surgeons can restore your happiness by looking as radiant outside as you are inside.

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Am I a Candidate for Facelift Surgery?

The procedure is now customizable for all variations of aging. Based on our patients’ needs, we are able to offer a variety of services ranging from the mini facelift, for the patient with limited evidence of facial aging, to a full facelift.

Here are some other things that make for a good candidate:

  • Excess skin in the face
  • Face is showing signs of aging, but there is still skin elasticity
  • General good health
  • Does not smoke

What is Facelift Surgery and How is it Performed?

facelift surgeryIn a modern day facelift, the deep tissues and skin are tightened and fat is sculpted, removed, or rearranged to restore a more youthful appearance to the face and neck. In some procedures, fat is collected through liposuction techniques and the transferred to the facial are to replace the fullness lost to aging. The surgery is often accomplished with both upper and lower eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) as well as a brow lift and/or neck lift to gain a more harmonious outcome. The facelift effect can sometimes be approcimated non-surgically through the use of dermal fillers such as Juvederm.

What Happens During A Facelift?

The procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation to ensure the patient’s comfort throughout the surgery. The surgeon begins by making discreet incisions along the hairline and around the ears to minimize visible scarring. The placement of these incisions allows the surgeon to access the underlying tissues effectively.
Next, the surgeon carefully lifts and repositions the facial muscles and tissues to create a more youthful and natural appearance. Excess skin is removed, and any fatty deposits are also addressed to contour the face better. In some cases, fat grafting or fillers may be used to restore lost volume and achieve a fuller, more youthful look.
Once the desired improvements are made, the incisions are meticulously closed with sutures. A bandage or dressing is applied to protect the treated area during the initial stages of healing.

After the facelift surgery, patients will experience some swelling and bruising, which is normal and expected. The recovery period varies from person to person, but most individuals can return to their regular activities within a few weeks, with the final results becoming apparent over several months.

It’s crucial to choose an experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon for a facelift procedure. Proper pre-operative consultations are essential to discuss individual goals, expectations, and any potential risks associated with the surgery.

Facelift Recovery and Results: What to Expect

Facelift recovery and results are critical aspects of the surgical process, as they determine the overall success of the procedure and the satisfaction of the patient. Here’s what you can expect during the recovery period and the ultimate outcome of a facelift surgery:

  1. Immediate Post-Operative Phase: After the facelift surgery, you may experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort. The surgeon will provide instructions on how to care for the incision sites and manage any discomfort. Pain medication and cold compresses can help alleviate discomfort and reduce swelling.

  2. First Week: During the first week, it’s essential to rest and limit physical activity. Your surgeon may schedule a follow-up appointment to monitor your healing progress. At this stage, some bruising and swelling will persist, but you should notice gradual improvements.

  3. Two to Four Weeks: Swelling and bruising will continue to subside during this period. Most patients can resume light activities and return to work after the initial two weeks, depending on their individual healing rate.

  4. Six Weeks: By six weeks post-surgery, most of the visible swelling should have subsided. However, it’s essential to continue following your surgeon’s guidelines for a full recovery.

  5. Long-Term Results: The final results of a facelift can take several months to become fully evident. You’ll notice a more youthful, lifted appearance with improved skin texture and diminished wrinkles. The outcome should look natural and harmonious with your facial features.

  6. Maintaining Results: While facelift surgery provides long-lasting results, it does not halt the aging process entirely. To maintain your youthful appearance, it’s essential to follow a healthy lifestyle, protect your skin from sun damage, and consider non-surgical treatments like dermal fillers or Botox for maintenance.

  7. Possible Complications: Like any surgical procedure, facelifts carry certain risks. These may include infection, scarring, temporary or permanent nerve damage, and unfavorable healing. Choosing a skilled and experienced surgeon reduces the risk of complications.

Remember, every patient’s healing process is unique, and results may vary. Regular follow-up visits with your surgeon are crucial to ensure a smooth recovery and address any concerns that may arise. By following post-operative instructions and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, you can maximize the benefits of your facelift and enjoy a refreshed and more youthful appearance.

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