By Sheryl Pilcher on August 10, 2012
Our face is one of the first places to show the signs of aging. Along with the natural effects of aging, our face is also prone to damage caused by exposure to the sun and other environmental elements. As our skin loses its elasticity and the aging process progresses, we may be faced with loose skin, hanging jowls, and wrinkles. Dr. Sheryl Pilcher is a leading San Antonio plastic surgeon at Accent Plastic Surgery. For those who are wishing to refresh their appearance, Dr. Pilcher can let her San Antonio patients know if they may be facelift candidates.
Are You a Candidate?
A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is used to remove excess skin and fat and tighten facial muscles. If you are dissatisfied with your appearance due to lines and wrinkles around your eyes and mouth, loose skin or jowls around the neckline, or just a general “tired” appearance, you may wonder if you are a candidate for facelift surgery. The ideal facelift candidate should:
- Be in overall good health both physically and mentally
- Be free of medical conditions that could increase the risk of surgery
- Retain some skin elasticity
- Have realistic expectations for the outcome of the surgery
In general, facelift surgery is ideal for patients in their 40s to 70s. For those who are younger or older than this age range, Dr. Pilcher may recommend to her patients in San Antonio facial plastic surgery options other than a facelift.
Because we all age differently, each facelift is unique. Dr. Pilcher will make a plan that is specific to your individual needs. During a basic facelift surgery, incisions are made at the temples in front of the ears and continue around the ears and behind them. After the incisions have been made, the surgeon will have access to the muscles and connective tissue. Manipulations will be made to address your facial concerns. Excess skin or fat may also be removed. Sutures will be placed to close the incision and your face will be bandaged. Depending on your needs, a facelift may take anywhere from two to six hours. Dr. Pilcher performs facelift surgery as an outpatient procedure and usually recommends an overnight stay immediately following the surgery.
After facelift surgery, bruising and swelling may be present for two to three weeks. You may begin to feel better within the first several days following your surgery, but you should expect to be off of work for two to three weeks. You will need to see your doctor multiple times during this recovery period to have sutures removed and to allow your doctor to assess your bruising and swelling. In some cases, patients may experience tingling or numbing, or subtle swelling for several months after facelift surgery.
Schedule a Consultation
If the signs of aging have left you unhappy with your appearance, schedule a consultation today. Dr. Pilcher can listen to your concerns and discuss with you the options that are most likely to help you reach your aesthetic goals. We can help you achieve the youthful and refreshed appearance that you desire.
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