As we age, a number of factors including sun exposure, weight fluctuation, stress, and certain lifestyle habits can take a toll on the appearance of our skin. Fine lines and wrinkles, as well as a decrease in the skin’s elasticity, can cause individuals to look significantly older than they actually are. Fortunately, the Center for Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery offers face lift surgery for patients who want skin that looks as youthful and vibrant as they feel. By tightening the skin around the eyes, cheeks, nose, chin, and neck, face lift surgery can provide dramatic results, boosting your confidence and taking years off of your appearance.
A face lift, clinically known as rhytidectomy, is an outpatient surgical procedure that seeks to reduce or eliminate signs of aging by tightening and removing excess skin. Dr.Jeffrey DeMercurio is an experienced plastic surgeon who is skilled in producing dramatic, yet natural-looking results through the face lift procedure. Success comes through a combination of technical ability and a keen sense of the patients’ aesthetic goals.
The first step in face lift surgery involves making incisions at the temples and along the hairline. Then, the skin is lifted and separated from the underlying muscle. At this time, Dr.DeMercurio tightens and removes excess skin before re-sculpting the muscle tissue. To complete the face lift, the remaining skin is smoothed, tightened, and secured with sutures. At this point, he dresses the area with soft bandages.
The face lift procedure is usually performed while the patient is under general anesthesia, and can take anywhere from one to three hours, depending on the condition of the patient’s skin and his/her final aesthetic goals. The recovery period is about two weeks and may involve mild discomfort and side effects such as swelling, bruising, and numbness. Carefully following post-operative instructions will help to ensure a speedy recovery.
Ideal candidates for face lift surgery include individuals who are unhappy with signs of aging that are apparent on their face, such as wrinkles, fine lines, facial folds, or sagging skin. Patients who have a strong bone structure and greater skin elasticity are most likely to achieve optimal results from face lift surgery. In addition, ideal candidates should also be in good overall health, as this will reduce the risk of complications during and after surgery.
A face lift will improve the appearance of facial skin that has succumbed to the effects of aging. During face lift surgery,our surgeon trims away excess skin and tightens the remaining loose skin in a way that looks natural and youthful, bringing attention to your beautiful eyes, nose, and mouth. Using the latest surgical techniques, Dr. DeMercurio also configures the underlying muscles that may be sagging or drooping downward. The contours of the jaw, neck, and lower eyelid and cheek region are then restored and refined. These changes to the face can improve not only your appearance, but your self-confidence as well.
Face lift surgery is a popular cosmetic procedure that can significantly reduce the signs of aging. To schedule a plastic surgery consultation with Dr.DeMercurio, please contact our office today.