Read Dr. Whiteman’s article on Facelifts published by Jezebel magazine. Facelift procedures are becoming increasingly common for both men and women in today’s world. While there is no “fountain of youth” to completely restore our teenage appearance or keep it that way, our patients in Atlanta and surrounding Georgia areas find that a Facelift is one of many procedures that can help combat the effects of the passage of time and help keep you looking as young as you feel.
It is a fact of life that as we age, our skin becomes less and less taut. Exposure to the sun, pollutants in the air, and gravity all weaken the elasticity of our facial tissue, and even our faces themselves betray us, as the substances under our skin break down on their own. There are certainly many things we can do to help slow this process, including healthy diets, regular exercise, limiting sun exposure and using sunscreen; but nothing can stop it completely.
At our office in Atlanta, Georgia, we offer full Facelift procedures that can “turn back the clock” on the effects of aging. A Facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that tightens and smoothes wrinkled and loose facial skin. Particularly useful for eliminating excess skin around the cheeks, jowls, and neck, facelifts can create a younger looking face with a more defined jaw line. At Dr. Whiteman’s office in Atlanta, Facelift procedures are often done in conjunction with browlift surgery or eyelid surgery to reveal a face that looks years younger. Please consider our Facial Rejuvenation Package, an excellent supplement for patients following Facelift procedures.
A mini Facelift or rapid recovery lift involves giving a lift to the lower third of the face and neck, and can occasionally be performed in the office under local anesthesia or in the operating room under general anesthesia. This minimally-invasive procedure is unique in its flexibility and can be specifically tailored to the problem areas of the neck, jowls, or mid-face through smaller, hidden incisions. The mini Facelift is able to restore a youthful appearance to the face while requiring a shorter recovery time for the patient. Mini facelifts are sometimes referred to as a “weekend procedure,” as that is the normal post-operative recovery time for the surgery. For patients who do not have major skin laxity in the face and neck, a mini Facelift may be the ideal option.
Patients with excess, hanging skin or fat along their chin and neck can benefit from neck lift surgery. Depending on the patient’s specific needs and desires, necklift surgery can be combined with a mini facelift or full facelift procedure for more extensive rejuvenation. During a necklift procedure, liposuction through a small cannula removes excess fat from the chin and neck. Then, the sagging skin is excised and underlying muscles are tightened to produce a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Am I a good candidate for a facelift?
Candidates for a facelift at Southern Plastic Surgery include men and women who have experience sagging in the face or neck. Facelift candidates are typically 40 years of age or older, though younger people can certainly benefit as well. The primary impact of the facelift will be on the neck and jowls region as well as the midface. Additional procedures for the eyelids and eyebrows can be completed at the same time if necessary.
Q: How much time will I need for recovery following face lift surgery?
Some swelling and bruising is common after a facelift procedure, but these effects are temporary. These procedures are not painful. Most people feel quite well in just a couple of days following their procedure. Returning to work between 1 – 2 weeks is typical although it can take up to six weeks (or longer) to achieve a natural appearance.
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