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Your Guide to Facelift

Facelift Procedures in Jackson, MS

What is a facelift?

A facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure designed to give a more youthful appearance to the aging face. Signs of an aging face that can be improved or corrected with a facelift include sagging or loose facial skin, deep wrinkles and jowling.

Is a facelift for me?

A facelift is an excellent procedure for those who are unhappy with the aging appearance of their face. Common complaints of those seeking a facelift are:

  • deep facial wrinkles
  • loose or sagging facial skin
  • poor skin tone
  • jowling
  • deepened creases/folds extending from nose to corner of mouth
  • marionette lines from corner of mouth to jaw
  • loss of facial soft tissue volume

If any of the above are concerns for you and you are in good health and have realistic expectations, a facelift may be an excellent choice for you. Call Allure Plastics today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Walker and see how a facelift can restore your youthful look.

Who is not a candidate for facelift surgery?

While a facelift is an excellent procedure for healthy individuals with appropriate expectations, there are some conditions that can increase your potential for a less-than-desirable outcome. These include:

  • smoking
  • poorly controlled high blood pressure
  • multiple previous facial procedures
  • bleeding or clotting disorders
  • anticoagulation or antiplatelet medications such as Coumadin, Plavix or aspirin
  • conditions which result in poor wound healing capability
  • unrealistic expectations

Can you tell me more about a facelift procedure?

A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of excess facial skin and tightening to produce a more youthful appearance to the face.

A facelift is performed under general anesthesia and takes approximately 3-5 hours to perform. During the procedure, skin incisions are designed to hide around the ears and hairline. The skin is undermined extensively. A layer known as the SMAS is then tightened to relieve tension on the skin.  Fatty tissue may be repositioned. The skin is then re-draped over the face. Excess skin is then removed, and the incisions are closed.

What should I expect in the recovery period following facelift surgery?

Facelift surgery is well tolerated by the vast majority of patients and most go home the same day. Pain is mild to moderate and is well controlled by oral medications.

Prescriptions will include oral medications for pain and nausea (which is a common occurrence after anesthesia), and may include an antibiotic.

A dressing will be applied at the conclusion of your facelift. This will be removed at your follow up appointment. Additionally, small drains will be placed to assist with excess fluid removal and will be removed at your follow up visit as well.

Some mild swelling and bruising is expected, but this tends to improve quickly.  You will need to sleep with your head elevated for a few days to help with swelling. Strenuous activity and heavy lifting should be avoided for the first week or two. Avoidance of smoking or any other nicotine use is a must.

There are generally no sutures to be removed as Dr. Walker uses absorbable sutures that are buried beneath the skin.

What results are expected from facelift surgery?*

You should expect to see a much more youthful and rested appearance to the face. Deep wrinkles and folds should be greatly reduced if not eliminated completely. Jowling and Marionette lines should be greatly improved or completely corrected. Skin tone will be improved. Repositioning of soft tissue and fat, especially if combined with fat grafting or fillers, will restore youthful contours.

Scars from facelift surgery are hidden in natural lines of the face and will fade over time, maturing to fine lines that are unnoticeable to others. 

*Individual results may vary

Is a facelift safe?

Facelift surgery is a very common procedures performed by plastic surgeons. During your consultation, Dr. Walker will perform a detailed history and physical exam. We will identify factors that may cause your risk of surgery to be increased, and together will formulate a plan to help you achieve a more youthful appearing face. While not common, risks and potential complications include the following:

  • skin breakdown or delayed wound healing
  • bleeding or hematoma formation
  • infection
  • unfavorable scarring
  • damage to facial nerve
  • numbness
  • pain
  • hair loss at sites of incisions
  • anesthesia risks
  • asymmetry
  • need for further surgery

During the preoperative consultation, these potential risks will be discussed with you in detail. Should you have any questions or concerns, they will be addressed. Dr. Walker is dedicated to the education of his patients, and he will help you understand the risks, benefits and potential alternatives of facelift surgery. 

Dr. Walker’s take on facelift surgery:

There are a number of non-operative or minimally invasive options that have been developed in recent years. Many of those seeking facial rejuvenation often seek these less invasive options, only to be unsatisfied with the results. They tend to have less dramatic results, and results that are achieved are often short-lived. To date, there is just no great alternative to a facelift. Deciding to undergo a facelift is a very personal decision and choosing a plastic surgeon is extremely important. Not only should they have appropriate training in performing facelifts, but they should also take the time to evaluate your face as a whole, offering adjunctive procedures or treatments that will help you achieve your goals of facial rejuvenation.

I tend to see facial rejuvenation as a series of three main objectives. First is correction of changes that have occurred secondary to the effects of gravity over time, such as jowling, marionette lines and deepening of nasolabial folds. Correction of these changes are best treated with a facelift.

Secondly, as part of normal aging, soft tissue volume is lost or descends. Facelift surgery may help reposition some of the soft tissue, but complete correction may require the use of dermal fillers or fat grafting. During your consultation, we will discuss the potential need for these additional procedures if you will require them.

Finally, skin texture and wrinkling may require the use of chemical peels or laser treatments to enhance your result. While you may see dramatic effects with a facelift alone, realizing true facial rejuvenation may require such adjunctive procedures to give you the results you desire.

Through attention to detail in your physical exam and in-depth conversation about your concerns, I will gain a better understanding of your goals with facial rejuvenation. Together we will develop a treatment plan that is best for you. Call our office today to schedule your appointment. I look forward to meeting you and am looking forward to helping you achieve the rejuvenated appearance you desire.

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real patient experiences*
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I have been thoroughly pleased with Dr. Walker and the results I obtained. He explains every aspect of the procedure and answers all your questions. I have had more people tell me how nice I look or ask if I changed my make-up. The results are AMAZING! I will continue to use Dr. Walker to help me turn back the clock! Thank You Dr. Walker for making me feel good about me!

– Joyce, Union, MS

*Individual results may vary person to person.