What is a facelift?
A facelift is a surgical procedure that elevates the structural components of your face while removing excess skin, fat, and other tissues. There are many different facelift techniques, so choosing a surgeon with extensive experience is critical to a positive outcome.
There’s also the artistic aspects of a facelift to consider. Unlike surgery to repair a damaged organ or remove diseased tissue, a facelift requires an understanding of the architecture of the human face and how those contours and planes add to each individual’s aesthetic appeal. In this way, a facelift is as much of an art as it is a science.
David M. Godat, MD, has the unique ability to evaluate your features and facial structure to determine which techniques can bring out your very best.
What happens during a facelift?
The process begins with anesthesia to help you rest comfortably throughout the procedure. Once the medication takes effect, Dr. Godat makes the initial incision above the hairline near your temple.
The incisions give him access to the muscles and other tissues that shape your face. Depending on your specific set of needs, he might remove fat or reposition it in other areas of your face. He can also lift and reposition your muscle tissue to create more appealing facial contouring.
Once he’s happy with the new tissue positioning, Dr. Godat smooths your skin and removes any excess. This creates a more toned and youthful appearance. The final step is to close the incisions and transition you into the recovery area.
Can I have a face and neck lift at the same time?
Many men and women choose to include a neck lift during their facelift procedure. After all, a sagging, wrinkled neck isn’t a good match for your newly refined facial features, and combining a neck lift with a facelift adds relatively little time to your surgery.
Your neck lift incision will likely be just under your chin. Dr. Godat carefully removes any excess fat and skin from your neck to create a tighter, slimmer profile. This procedure can address many of the signs of aging that affect your neck, including lines and pooled areas of skin.
How can I prepare for my facelift and neck lift?
One of the most important ways to prepare for your face and neck lift is to go into the procedure with realistic expectations. Dr. Godat works with you to explain what these techniques can accomplish and where the limitations lie.
If you’re a smoker, you should make every effort to quit before your surgery. Smoking wreaks havoc on your circulation and your healing abilities.
You should also reach out to friends and loved ones for a little help in the days after your surgery. Taking some time to rest helps your body heal, and you will need up to a week off of work after surgery. If swelling and bruising are still prominent after a week, you may require an additional week of recovery at home.
To learn more about a face and neck lift, book a visit with David M. Godat, MD, by phone.