Tired of wrinkles that make you look angry or old? Want to look several years younger? Here’s what you should know about having your facelift (rhytidectomy) procedure performed by plastic surgeon, Gregory J. Liebscher, MD, FACS, of Colorado Springs, CO:
When it comes to cosmetic facial procedures, a facelift (sometimes referred to as a ‘nip and tuck’) is one of the most common procedures performed. A facelift creates a more youthful appearance by reducing sagginess, creases below the eyes and along the mouth, and helps reposition fat that was once displaced. The rhytidectomy procedure tightens the face and neck and reduces flaws drastically. It may be performed at the same time as brow lift or eyelid lift.
Though a facelift may not prevent aging, it can improve one’s overall appearance greatly. A facelift is a surgical procedure. Non-surgical procedures, such as creams and dermal injections, may also postpone the signs of aging but often not as well or nearly as long.
In order to receive the best results possible, consult with a physician who is a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Greg Liebscher. Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation:
VIDEO: Rhytidectomy Overview
In this video, Dr. Greg Liebscher, one of the most respected plastic surgeons in Colorado Springs, explains the facelift procedure and the associated risks and likely outcomes:
Each procedure may vary, but typically, each facility follows:
Location: a surgical facility
Type of care offered: hospital outpatient and inpatient care, as well as outpatient care at a surgery center
Anesthesia used: general, local anesthesia combined with a medication that allows a patient to relax but stay away (sedative)
Time frame of procedure: several hours, especially if the patient is undergoing more than one surgery
Possible and temporary side effects: numbness, as well as discomfort
Who’s a Candidate for a Facelift?
Generally, the procedure is appropriate for men and women who show more significant signs of aging; they have loose skin and/or deep wrinkles throughout their face.
A facelift makes you look 2-5 years younger on the average. Certainly, results vary person to person. Excessive surgery may not look natural or comfortable. So, it’s important to be realistic about your cosmetic expectations.
Surgery might be a good option for those who have tried other non-surgical procedures such as anti-aging skin creams or injectables like BOTOX® and want better and more durable results.
Medically, rhytidectomy candidate qualifications include:
- do not smoke
- are healthy overall
- have realistic expectations
- have a positive outlook
Watch the Video Animation for Full Facelift Procedure
What Are the Risks?
As always, risks are involved with any surgical procedure. Here are some of the possible complications:
Slow healing process: some patients may find that the healing process is slow, especially if they are smokers.
Hematoma: a hematoma, which is a collection of blood under the skin, may be a risk. Hematomas are usually removed by physicians.
Infection: there is the risk for infection with any surgical procedure.
Reaction: there is also the risk for an anesthetic reaction.
Nerve injury: damage to the nerves that control the movements of the face may also be a temporary issue after the operation.
Some of the medical conditions that could make surgery more risky are:
- dry eyes
- lack of tears
- high blood pressure
- thyroid problems
- cardiovascular problems
- circulatory disorders
Is Facelift Surgery Painful?
Many people want to have facelift surgery, but may be asking themselves, “Is facelift surgery painful?” While the recovery for a facelift does involve some pain, knowing what to expect can change your anxiety over the pain involved with a facelift.
Pain is often described as more of a discomfort, compared to actual pain. Tension is often felt in the face, and this is something that can be uncomfortable, but pain should not be overwhelming after this procedure. Many doctors will have a consultation with a patient before a scheduled procedure. This can be a great time to discuss pain, and this can help you to feel more comfortable on your surgery day.
According to John Hopkins Medicine, “Your doctor may prescribe pain medication to alleviate any discomfort you may feel in the days following the surgery. You may have some numbness after the surgery, which will also disappear with time.”
You will find that you will be prescribed with pain medication that you can use after your facelift surgery. This can help you reduce your pain in a very effective manner. Many patients find that prescription medication can reduce pain, but there are some other things you can do to help alleviate pain and discomfort the first few days following your surgery.
- For the first 24 hours it can be helpful to stay propped up. You can use pillows and cushions to help you stay in the proper position after facelift surgery.
- Movement of the face should be minimized immediately following surgery. Your diet will need to be soft, or liquid. You will also need to turn your head with the shoulders not to minimize movement.
- Cold compresses should be used on the cheeks and eyes following surgery. Many surgeons recommend 30 minutes on, and 15 minutes off.
- Pain should not become severe after this procedure. If your pain increases to a severe level, you should contact your surgeon right away.
- If you have high blood pressure at home, you should self monitor to ensure that your blood pressure stays within normal levels.
The swelling in the eye area will often increase for the first couple days after the procedure, but this should not increase pain. You will often look worse before you look better, but you should notice that your pain begins to decrease as the days pass following surgery.
Is facelift surgery painful? While any surgery will create some pain for you, it should be manageable. You should report any pain that you cannot control. When you understand what to expect with facelift pain, it can help you to really know what to expect. This information can help you to decide if this is right for you.
Discuss a Facelift Procedure Plan Fit for You
Contact Colorado Springs cosmetic facial surgeon, Dr. Greg Liebscher, to schedule a free and private cosmetic consultation by calling 719-634-2503.