When the process of aging, stress and sun damage causes your skin to give away your age, New Jersey Plastic Surgery® can help reverse those signs of getting older. Located in Montclair, NJ, New Jersey Plastic Surgery® performs facelift surgery for the residents in and around Bloomfield, Essex County, Morristown and the surrounding communities.
What is a Facelift?
A facelift is a surgical procedure that erases signs of aging on the lower half of your face. This may include treating fine lines and wrinkles, lifting sagging skin and removing fat from certain areas of the face.
This procedure can erase years from your appearance, enabling you to feel better about your self-image and boosting your confidence. If you desire a more youthful, vibrant look, a facelift may be right for you. The following information, along with a consultation, can help you decide if a facelift can help you feel better about your self-image.
The Best Candidate for a Facelift
Facelifts are most commonly performed on men and women between the ages of 40 and 60. From tightening sagging skin around the jawline to improving skin elasticity, a facelift can help you feel rejuvenated. With a facelift, you will continue to look like yourself, only more youthful and refreshed.
The results of a facelift can include an improved self-confidence and a better self-esteem. If you struggle with a dropping neck or “jowls,” a sagging jawline or deep lines and wrinkles around the mouth and chin you may find an improved sense of joy in your appearance with a facelift.
Planning your Facelift
During a consultation with New Jersey Plastic Surgery®, your surgeon will examine your face shape and bone structure, along with your skin’s health. Your surgeon will discuss your expectations for the procedure and may contact your primary physician in order to rule out any possible complications.
A medical checkup will be performed to ensure that you are in good health to undergo this procedure. If you suffer from conditions, such as blood clotting disorders, uncontrolled high blood pressure or excessive scarring on your face and neck, it is possible you may be ineligible for a facelift procedure.
Preparing for your Facelift
Your surgeon will provide you with specific instructions to prepare for your surgery and to help you as you recover. You may be advised to stop taking certain medications and will be instructed not to smoke.
It is important that you plan to have someone drive you home and be available to take care of you after your surgery. You should expect to follow a diet of soft foods and liquids for several days after the procedure, as you may experience limited ability to speak, eat and drink.
Types of Anesthesia
The type of anesthesia used for this procedure will be discussed during your consultation and will depend on factors, such as your medical status and your comfort level. A local anesthesia may be used, which will numb the area but leave you awake during the procedure. A general anesthesia may also be considered, which would allow you to sleep comfortably throughout the surgery. Sedatives will be used to help you relax so that you do not feel any pain during the procedure.
The Facelift Procedure
Facelifts are typically outpatient procedures and may be performed in an office-based facility, surgery center or hospital. Most often, the procedure only takes about two hours.
How the facelift will be performed will be dependent on the issues you and your surgeon plan to address, and your facial structure. The most common incision techniques are:
- Traditional facelift: During this procedure, incisions will be made from your temples down around and behind the ear. If necessary, another incision may be made underneath the chin. This procedure is often called the “full facelift,” as it involves sculpting fatty tissues around the neck and jowls. A traditional facelift repositions muscle tissues and often includes re-draping of the face.
- Limited-incision facelift: This procedure is not as extensive as the traditional facelift, as it uses short incisions from the temple down around the ear. Depending on the extent of the facelift, incisions may also be required in the lower eyelids and/or the upper lip as well. This type of procedure is typically used for limited rejuvenation around the eyes and mouth.
- Neck lift: This procedure focuses on the neck and jowls, as well as fat deposits underneath the chin. A neck lift involves an incision around the earlobe and behind the ear to the lower scalp.
How Much Does a Facelift Cost?
A facelift is considered to be elective, so most insurance providers won’t cover the costs. To help make facelift surgery affordable and accessible for everyone, New Jersey Plastic Surgery® offers financing options. For your convenience, we accept cash, check, Visa®, Master®Card, American Express® and Discover®. Financing options via CareCredit® and AlphaeonTM are also available.
After Your Facelift
Recovery from a facelift is relatively easy and painless. After your surgery, you may expect to feel some pain, tightness, bruising and swelling of the skin around your face. This may last for a few days after the procedure. It is important that you keep your head elevated during this time to alleviate these symptoms. You will be prescribed medication to help make your recovery period more comfortable.
Stitches will be removed after one or two weeks, as your symptoms of tightness and swelling subside. Most patients find that they are able to return to work and normal life after 10 to 14 days.
Getting Back to Normal Following a Face Lift
You may expect to experience fatigue the first few days after your procedure. After three to four days, you will find yourself able to increase your level of activity, while still taking it relatively easy. Speaking, eating and drinking may be difficult as you recover from your facelift.
A full recovery may take several weeks to a few months though your individual healing time will be dependent on your overall health and ability to allow your face adequate time to recuperate. Strenuous activity should be avoided for as long as three months following your surgery.
A facelift surgery can help you regain a more youthful, flattering look. If you live in or around Bloomfield, Essex County or Morristown and are looking to undergo a facelift, contact New Jersey Plastic Surgery® in Montclair, NJ, today to set up an appointment.