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:
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
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
Watch the Video Animation for Full Facelift Procedure
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
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.