A facelift or rhytidectomy is a cosmetic surgery designed to reduce visible signs of aging in the face and neck area. This procedure involves tightening underlying tissues, repositioning the skin, and removing excess skin to achieve a refreshed and youthful appearance.

The procedure may sound complicated, but it doesn’t have the correct preparation. To help you prepare for a facelift, here’s a guide on what to expect before, during, and after a facelift procedure.

Benefits of Facelift

A facelift corrects wrinkles, sagging skin, folds around the nose and mouth, jowls, and excess fat around the neck. The procedure refines the overall shape of the face and jawline. These improvements can lead to increased confidence and self-esteem.

While a facelift can be invasive, the results are permanent and long-term. Patients can experience the full benefits of a facelift for up to 10 years. 

When to Consider Facelift

Consider a facelift if significant signs of aging are not adequately addressed by non-invasive methods. This includes deep creases under the eyes, sagging in the midface, or a double chin caused by excess fatty deposits and loose skin.

Are You a Suitable Candidate for a Facelift?

Ideal candidates for a facelift are those in good health, non-smokers, and individuals with realistic expectations regarding the outcomes. Other essential factors include resilient skin and a strong bone structure.

Issues Addressed by Facelift

  • Sagging skin
  • Deep wrinkles under the eyes
  • Prominent lines from the corner of the mouth to the chin
  • Displaced or sagging fat
  • Excess fat and loose skin on the neck

Before Facelift Surgery: Consultation and Preparation

Your journey begins with a consultation. A board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Kessler can listen to your aesthetic goals and assess your medical history.

Once you are eligible for plastic surgery, Dr. Kessler will continue discussing the details, including surgical techniques he will apply to help you visualize the possible results.

Preparing for surgery may involve adjusting your medications. Blood thinning medication should be stopped a week before a facelift. Anti-inflammatory medication and herbal supplements are also not recommended a week before your procedure.

During Facelift Surgery: The Procedure Explained

The procedure typically involves incisions starting above the hairline at the temples, continuing down around the ear, and concluding in the lower scalp. 

The surgeon will adjust the deeper tissue layers, redistribute or remove excess fat, and re-drape the skin over newly refined contours. Excess skin is removed, and the incisions are closed with sutures or adhesive.

After Facelift Surgery: Recovery and Aftercare

Immediately following the surgery, your face may be bandaged to reduce swelling and bruising. Post-operative care instructions for facial recovery include how to look after your surgical site and medications to aid healing and prevent infection.

Since a facelift cannot stop the process of skin aging, our team will also share tips for maintaining your new look with a skin care regimen and periodic non-surgical treatments.

Why Choose Dr. Robert Kessler?

Dr. Robert Kessler, a board-certified surgeon in Newport Beach, is recognized for his skill in facial rejuvenation. He combines precise techniques with personalized care to deliver natural and enduring results. 

Contact Us for More Information

If you’re considering a facelift and want to know more about the procedure, recovery, and what results you might expect, please contact our office. Our team is prepared to provide all the necessary details to help you make an informed decision about your aesthetic options.