Men and women whose face and neck have begun to sag, but whose skin still has some elasticity and whose bone structure is strong and well-defined are the best candidates for a facelift, necklift. Most patients are in their forties to sixties, but these lifts can be done successfully on people in their seventies or eighties as well.
A facelift and/or necklift can make you look younger and fresher, and it may enhance your self-confidence in the process. But it can’t give you a totally different look, nor can it restore the health and vitality of your youth. Think carefully about your expectations before you decide to have surgery. Dr. Lopes will discuss your desires and the best treatment option for you.
Any of the following conditions may indicate that you are a good candidate for a facelift:
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Most facelift incisions are placed within the hairline and within natural contours in front of and behind the ear. Although there are many variations to the facelift procedure, generally an incision is hidden in the natural contour of your ear, then extends around the earlobe and back into the hairline. Following surgery, incisions can be easily concealed by your hair or with makeup. There may also be a small incision hidden underneath your chin.
Post-operative Procedures & Recovery for Facelift
Any discomfort you may feel can be lessened with pain medication. Some numbness of the skin is quite normal and will disappear in a few weeks or months. You should be up and about in a day or two, but plan on taking it easy for the first week after surgery.
At first, your face may look and feel rather strange. Your features may be distorted from the swelling, your facial movements may be slightly stiff, and you’ll probably be self-conscious about your scars. Some bruising may persist for two or three weeks, but by the third week, you’ll look and feel much better. Most patients are back at work about ten days to two weeks after surgery.
If you realize that the results may not be immediately apparent, the chances are excellent that you’ll be happy with your facelift. Although you’ll have some scars, they’re usually hidden by your hair or in the natural creases of your face and ears. In any case, they’ll fade with time and should be scarcely visible.
Having a facelift doesn’t stop the clock. Your face will continue to age with time, and you may want to repeat the procedure one or more times — perhaps five or ten years down the line. Remember, the effects of even one facelift are lasting; years later, you’ll continue to look better than if you’d never had a facelift at all.
Call our Virginia Beach office today at (757) 497-5400 for more information or to schedule your consultation with Plastic Surgeon Dr. JoAnne Lopes.
Information provided by The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
*Price range: Facelift $8200-$10,000 Necklift $5600-$7000