Our faces experience natural changes as we age! While eating healthily and caring for our skin can help us maintain a youthful appearance, there is no way to prevent some apparent symptoms of aging, such as sagging skin, wrinkles, and a loss of facial definition.
Dr. Carmelo Crisafulli is here to help you reverse aging signs and give your face a more youthful, firm, and radiant appearance!
Rhytidectomy, sometimes known as a facelift, is a surgical operation that entails removing excess facial fat, tightening facial muscles, and cutting or rewrapping facial skin to mimic a smoother, more toned facial appearance. The procedure may be performed on the face, the neck, or both.
Why Get A Facelift?
Dr. Carmelo, board-certified plastic, cosmetic & reconstructive surgeon, uses the latest innovative facelift techniques to tighten and contour facial skin and tissue with minimal scars and downtime. His approach seeks to correct the aging effects of sagging skin around the eyes, lips, and jawline. A facelift can treat the following facial and neck aging signs:
- Sagging skin in the mid-face.
- Deep wrinkles beneath the lower eyelids.
- Deep lines extend to the corner of the lips.
- Excess or fallen fat.
- Muscle weakness in the lower face (jowls).
- Drooping skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw (double chin).
Who Is A Candidate For Facelift?
While most patients for a facelift are in their 40s to 60s, the procedure can be performed on patients of any age. The ideal facelift candidates are nonsmokers in generally good health and concerned about drooping skin in the lower two-thirds of their face. Dr. Carmelo will recommend this surgery if you wish to:
- Correct sagging jowls for a more defined chin and jaw by tightening the jowls.
- Restore stronger, more prominent cheeks.
- Reduce sagging skin around the mouth and nose.
How To Prepare For The Procedure?
Dr. Carmelo will review your medical history, including previous surgeries, current, and former health conditions, and any drugs, vitamins, or nutritional supplements you are now using or have previously taken.
During your consultation appointment, Dr. Carmelo will examine your face’s skin, facial tissues, bone structure, and hairline to determine where precise incisions can be cut.
If you plan to lose weight, Dr. Carmelo might advise you to delay getting a facelift until you reach your optimum weight to prevent post-operative excess skin.
What to expect during surgery?
For the patient’s safety and comfort, Dr. Carmelo performs the procedure under general anesthesia due to its extensive nature. Facelift surgery typically takes between two and six hours to perform, but it takes less time if you’re having a mini-facelift.
A conventional facelift involves making incisions behind the ear or along the natural creases of the hairline, then moving a flap of skin on each side of the face and surgically rearranging the underlying tissues and muscles to restore the face’s youthful appearance.
If necessary, Dr. Carmelo will conduct a neck lift through a small incision made right below the chin.
Dr. Carmelo will wrap a compression bandage over the whole incision site to keep it from getting infected and support your facial muscles and tissues. He might also advise using cold packs to reduce swelling in the first 48 hours after surgery.
If necessary, the doctor might place drains behind your ears to collect any extra blood or fluids. You’ll have to return in a week for a follow-up appointment to see how your wound is healing and have drains or stitches removed.
The time it takes to recover from a facelift depends on the method used and the degree of complexity involved. It is common to experience some swelling and bruise after surgery, but these adverse effects typically subside after a few weeks. Patients can safely resume work and routine, including wearing makeup over the incisions, within two to three weeks after surgery.
Dr. Carmelo Crisafulli, board-certified specialist plastic, cosmetic & reconstructive surgeon, strives to make every element of your visit pleasant and efficient. From your consultation through post-operative care, Dr. Carmelo will be there to ensure your comfort. He exclusively collaborates with the most reputable health care professionals to ensure that you have the greatest possible experience and make a speedy recovery.
If you think you are a good candidate for facelift surgery, call us on the toll-free line 8006686 or fill out the booking form on our website to meet with Dr. Carmelo Crisafulli today!