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Have you been dreaming of softer, more pleasing contours to your face and neck? Are you wishing you looked as young as you feel?
Facelift surgery is an elective procedure used to remove excess facial and neck skin and to tighten the muscular layers of the face and neck. There are many types of facelifts. After the mini-facelift procedure, patients return to work and exercise regimens quickly. More major facelift procedures require more lengthy recovery time. Philadelphia plastic surgery patients may choose the procedure that best reflects their needs and lifestyles. Dr. Mirabile and Dr. Hsu will be happy to make recommendations about which procedure might be best for each patient based on their anatomy and expectations.
During the facelift procedure, Dr. Mirabile and Dr. Hsu removes excess skin, tightens or imbricates underlying facial or muscular tissue, and then re-drapes the skin on the face and neck. An incision is made in front of the ear, continuing up into the hairline and curving around the bottom of the ear, to the hairline on the back of the neck. The operation is usually performed under general anesthesia.
Facelift surgery reduces the appearance of wrinkles of the face and decreases loose skin folds in the neck, cheeks, and jawline. The mini-facelift primarily treats the midface, jawline, and neck. It does not involve the upper face, forehead, or eye area. It is intended for people who are in their forties through the sixties and experiencing early signs of aging. It focuses on specific areas, whereas the full facelift treats the entire face. The effects of a mini-facelift usually last about 3-5 years, while the results of a full facelift usually last about 7-10 years. Facelifts are outpatient procedures that take several hours to perform. The recovery time for a facelift varies between individuals. Stitches are removed after 7-10 days, and most of the bruising is healed by that time. Some patients experience temporary numbness in the face which resolves after a few months.
Patients must wear a bandage for 24 hours, then a chin strap for 1-2 weeks. During recovery, patients should maintain head elevation for at least 1 week. The sutures are usually removed after 7-10 days, and patients can usually return to work at this time.
Individuals undergoing a facelift should not take aspirin or blood thinners for 3 weeks before surgery. They must also stop smoking for at least 1 month before and 1 month after the date of surgery. Results may vary.
Dr. Mirabile and Dr. Hsu are experienced facial plastic surgeons, performing facelift, eyelid surgery, and rhinoplasty in Philadelphia. Their reputation attracts patients from throughout Montgomery County, Bucks County, Chester County and Delaware County, PA. If you are unhappy with signs of aging on the face, learn more about your treatment options by contacting Best Impression Cosmetic Surgery at 610-272-8821 or schedule a consultation online.