The facelift is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures available today, as it may dramatically decrease visible signs of facial and neck aging–giving a firmer, more youthful appearance to facial muscle and skin.
Facelifts are highly personal procedures that are based on the individual goals of each patient. The basic procedure involves accessing the facial tissues with a few incisions, removing excess fat and tissue, and adjusting the remaining tissue for the best outcome. This procedure has long been popular due to its effectiveness, and it is constantly evolving for maximal results with minimal downtime.
Facelifts, which are medically referred to as rhytidectomies, are most often performed after the face has reached full physical maturity and begun to show signs of aging.
A facelift in Oklahoma City can be targeted to address specific areas of concern, or it may be used to treat large-scale changes in facial aging. These changes may include:
For the best possible outcome, patients should quit smoking, maintain good physical and emotional health, and thoroughly educate themselves on the steps and potential outcomes of this procedure. Some patients may be too young or old for this procedure, based on the condition and healing ability of their skin and facial tissues.
Due to the extensiveness of facelift surgery, a general anesthetic or intravenous sedation will be administered prior to the procedure to keep the patient unconscious during the surgery. There are two main facelift procedures, the first of which is the traditional facelift. In this procedure, the incision is made alongside the front of the ear and within the hairline. The second common procedure is the limited-incision facelift, in which the incision runs around the bottom and front of the ear only, just barely entering the hairline.
In both procedures, the tissue underneath the skin is tightened, repositioned, and any excess skin, tissue or fat is removed. The incisions are closed with fine sutures for minimal scarring. The traditional facelift is best for larger adjustments and works on the upper and lower face. The limited-incision facelift is an excellent solution for minimal to medium adjustments, and it is particularly good for work on the lower face.
A tube may be positioned near the wound to drain any fluids that may accumulate following the surgery. The treatment area will be bandaged for several days to limit swelling and bruising.
Though the bandages may be removed in a few days, it may take a several months for the swelling to diminish fully. The incision lines may take up to six months to heal with their final appearance. Side effects are unlikely, but may include bleeding, infection, scarring, atypical skin pigmentation, facial asymmetry, and other problems– any of which may require revisionary surgery.
For more information about facelifts, or to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Trent J. Fogleman or Dr. Paul F. Benien, Jr., contact our Oklahoma City office at 405-691-3111. Our office is located at 9617 S. Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City, OK 73159, just minutes from Will Rogers World Airport. Service areas include: Oklahoma City, Tuttle, Edmond, Norman, Moore, Tulsa, Midwest City, Lawton, Yukon, Stillwater, Mustang, Shawnee, Blanchard and Elk City, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston.
Dr. Fogleman and Dr. Benien create elegant, natural results with each surgical procedure or non-surgical treatment they perform. "Quality outcomes," as they say. Their goal is not to make their patients look different – they strive to make them look better, never overdone or obvious.