What is Facelift Surgery?
Facelift Surgery, also known as Rhytidectomy, is performed to diminish signs of aging from the face and neck. The face is one of the first places to start showing the signs of aging. Gravity and diminished volume both play a role in the formation of sag and wrinkles on the face and neck. A Facelift Surgery from MidAmerica Plastic Surgery will minimize sag and wrinkles associated with natural aging by smoothing the skin, tightening tissue, and removing excess skin. Dr. Ryan Diederich can perform this procedure to help restore a more youthful profile to your face and neck.
What Are the Benefits of Facelift Surgery?
A facelift from MidAmerica Plastic Surgery can:
- Correct sagging in the face to create a more youthful appearance.
- Minimize the appearance of creases below the eyelids and around the corners of the mouth.
- Help minimize “frown lines.”
- Help fix the appearance of a “double chin.”
- Improve jowls.
- Create a more relaxed appearance.
Before the Facelift Surgery
Prior to facelift surgery at MidAmerica Plastic Surgery, you may be asked to:
- Get lab testing and have a medical assessment completed.
- Take certain medications or adjust your current medications, as recommended.
- Stop smoking well in advance of surgery.
- Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding (if OK with your primary care physician. If not, please let us know).
- Get your pre- and post-surgery checklist.
The Day of the Facelift Surgery
- Completed as an outpatient or with hospital stay depending on your particular needs.
- Nothing to eat or drink the day of surgery.
- You will need someone to drive you home and stay with you for the first 24 hours.
Complications from Facelift Surgery
As with any procedure there are risks. Fortunately, with a facelift, these risks are minimal. These include, but are not limited to:
- Unfavorable scarring
- Bleeding (hematoma)
- Poor wound healing
- Anesthesia risks
- Correctable hair loss at the incisions
- Facial nerve injury with weakness
- Facial asymmetry
- Skin loss
- Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
- Fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis)
- Fluid accumulation
- Pain, which may persist
- Skin contour irregularities
- Skin discoloration, sensitivity or swelling
- Sutures may spontaneously surface through the skin, become visible or produce irritation that require removal
- Unsatisfactory results may include asymmetry, unsatisfactory surgical scar location, unacceptable visible deformities at the ends of the incisions (It may be necessary to perform additional surgery to improve your results)
- Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
- Possibility of revisional surgery
After the Facelift Surgery
- Recovery is patient dependent.
- After the procedure, your face and neck may be wrapped in order to minimize swelling and bruising.
Dr. Ryan Diederich is a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in a range of aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery procedures at Mid-America Institute of Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery in Glen Carbon, IL. If you’re looking for a plastic surgeon east of St. Louis, you can schedule a consultation online schedule a consultation online, or call us at (618) 288-7855 to schedule an appointment.
*This article is intended as a guideline only. This is not intended as medical advice. There are no guarantees written or implied from the information presented here. Only a consultation can provide an appropriate evaluation and discussion regarding any procedure. Refer to your physician for medical decision making and advice.