Have questions on the facelift procedure? The Langsdon Clinic created this infographic with the top five frequently asked questions on the facelift. This infographic contains information such as how the facelift procedure works, recovery time, and facelift results. For more information, or to schedule a consultation, please contact The Langsdon Clinic.
1. What does a facelift improve?
A facelift can improve the appearance of lower face, jowls, and upper neck. It can be combined with other procedures to improve the face overall.
2. What does the procedure entail?
The procedure lasts two to four hours depending upon what extra work is required. It is performed at an outpatient surgical center and is done under “twilight” sedation and local anesthesia at our facility; similar to a colonoscopy anesthesia in some respects. Some doctors use gas anesthesia; we do not. Incisions are made around the ear and under the chin.
3. What does the recovery entail?
The early recovery process can last two weeks; some patients may have swelling a little longer. During the first week patients should relax around their home. Patients should limit themselves to light activities during the second week. Patients can usualy return to work and social activites after two weeks (some may take longer) but should avoid strenuous activity for 1 month.
4. How long does the result last?
The tissue removed never comes back, but as time goes by the tissues continue to relax because we do not have the tissue elasticity that was present during youth. Patients may opt to undergo a tuck up facelift surgery from 1-20 years after the initial procedure depending upon the individual effects of gravity, aging, genetics.
5. When is the best time to undergo a facelift?
It is best to undergo a facelift as soon as the signs of aging appear and are not relieved by rest. Some patients begin aging very early, rarely as early as the mid 30s, but it is never too late as long as a person is in good health. We see healthy patients in their 80s. However, many patients have a facelift in their 40s to 80s. Each patient should consult with a plastic surgeon to determine his or her best time.