Face Lift FAQs
Question: I have deep vertical lines around my mouth. Will face lift surgery get rid of these?
Answer: Although a facelift creates dramatic changes in the facial contour, these stubborn lines benefit more from resurfacing procedures such as dermabrasion, laser or chemical peels. Injectable fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm, done in our office, are also beneficial.
Question: How long can I expect my results to last once I’ve had face lift surgery?
Answer: There will be slight relaxation of facial tissues 3-4 months after face lift surgery, but the major beneficial effects are evident for 5 years and longer. Minor revisions can be done to “freshen” those results.
Question: What if I’m just concerned about my jowls but don’t really want to commit to a face lift?
Answer: The jowls, which represent lax skin down along the lower cheeks and jawline, usually respond very nicely to the “lower face lift” or “meloplasty” procedure. Simultaneously, the neck appearance is also improved.
Question: Will I have drains following this cosmetic procedure?
Answer: Ordinarily, drains are not required.
Question: I’ve heard I might be numb after this procedure. Is that true?
Answer: It is normal and expected to have facial skin numbness for a number of weeks following face lift surgery. Full recovery of feeling is expected, although, occasionally there may be small areas of persistent numbness.
Question: How long will my face be swollen? Will I be able to go out in public soon after my face lift?
Answer: Most patients take 2-3 weeks to recover at home following face lift surgery. Most will resume public engagements after that time.
Question: I am a smoker. Is that ok?
Answer: No. Any nicotine use places you in significant jeopardy of having skin death in very conspicuous areas such as the cheek area. The skin has very delicate circulation pathways which are shut off by nicotine, robbing the skin of it’s nutrition. You must not have any nicotine products at least 8 weeks prior to face lift surgery.
Question: Will I look like a completely different person after my surgery?
Answer: Most patients seek changes that give them a more refreshed look, or one that appears to “turn the clock back” a few years.
Question: Is face lift surgery safe?
Answer: Yes. Face lift surgery avoids major organ compartments and major blood vessels. The risk of infection is extremely low. Anesthesia is used but is considered quite safe.