Face Lift Surgery – What to Expect

Face Lift Surgery for Patients in Tampa, Clearwater, Palm Harbor, Odessa, and Beyond – What to Expect

A face lift is a type of plastic surgery procedure intended to restore a youthful and refreshed appearance to a patient’s face. Depending on your unique needs, this surgery can address many different signs of aging that have appeared on your face and neck. It can help to smooth out deep wrinkles around your mouth and nose, as well as tighten loose skin on your jaw line and under your chin. If you’re considering face lift surgery to help give you smoother, younger looking skin, it’s important to know how your surgery will be performed and what to expect afterward.

Most facelift procedures are performed under general anesthesia. Your surgery will begin with your plastic surgeon making incisions along your hairline, usually near the temple, extending along the curve of the ear, and ending back along your scalp. Your plastic surgeon will take into account your natural hairline, so that any scarring from these incisions is easily hidden. The exact size and location of your incisions will depend on how extensive your face lift will be. Next, your surgeon will remove any excess fat from your neck and jowls, then reposition your underlying muscles. The remaining fat will be also be repositioned to create new contours, and your skin will be draped back over these contours. Finally, any excess skin will be removed, and the incisions will be sutured.

Though facelift surgeries are usually outpatient procedures, your surgeon may have you stay overnight in the hospital or surgical center. Your incisions will likely heal within a week, but you can expect to experience some swelling and bruising for several weeks. Most face lift patients heal completely within four months, and this procedure is generally more effective than a lifestyle lift.

Want to learn more about having a face lift? If you live in Tampa, Trinity, Wesley Chapel, Lutz, or anywhere else in Florida, contact the Bayside Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and we’ll be happy to schedule a consultation with board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. John Roach. We can also tell you about other procedures that can help you attain a more youthful appearance, such as spider vein treatment or eyelid surgery.

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