Struggling with visible signs of aging can be a hit to one’s self-confidence. Opt for facial rejuvenation with a facelift by renowned Dr. Panossian in Pasadena, California. This plastic surgery targets loose skin, wrinkles, and fine lines to restore a youthful contour and vibrancy, enabling you to face the world anew.
What is a facelift?
A rhytidectomy, or facelift, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that rejuvenates the face by removing excess skin and fat deposits, tightening underlying muscles, and repositioning soft tissues. The result is a smoother, more youthful appearance with reduced wrinkles and sagging skin or jowls. This procedure is particularly effective in addressing signs of aging in the mid to lower face, including the cheeks (nasolabial folds), jawline, and neck, with natural-looking results.
Risks and Complications
Facelift Possible Risks
While facelift surgery is generally considered safe, there are potential complications and risks associated with all invasive procedures. These may include:
- Hematoma: A collection of blood under the skin that may require surgical drainage
- Facial nerve injury: Temporary or permanent damage to the facial nerves, which can result in facial weakness or asymmetry
- Infection: Proper wound care and antibiotic use can help minimize this risk
- Adverse reaction to anesthesia: Discuss any history of anesthesia complications with your surgeon before the facial surgery
It is important to minimize the risk of complications by carefully following your surgeon’s instructions before and after surgery. Additionally, selecting an experienced and skilled surgeon like Dr. Andre Panossian can help ensure the best possible outcome.
The Cost of a Facelift and How to Finance It
Depending on the scope of the procedure, the expertise of the surgeon, and the practice’s geographic location, the average cost of facelift surgery may fluctuate. It is important to consider all aspects of the surgery, including anesthesia fees, facility fees, and post-operative care, when determining the total facelift cost. During a consultation, these variables will be determined.
While insurance typically does not cover cosmetic procedures, there are typically financing options available to help make facelift surgery more affordable. Many plastic surgeons offer payment plans or work with third-party financing companies to provide patients with flexible payment options.
How to Prepare for a Facelift Procedure
Preparing for a facelift involves several steps to ensure a successful surgery and recovery:
- Consultation: During your initial consultation, discuss your goals and expectations with Dr. Panossian, who will evaluate your facial anatomy and design a surgical plan for your specific needs.
- Medical evaluation: Complete any necessary pre-operative tests and provide a detailed medical history, including any medications or supplements you are taking.
- Lifestyle changes: If you smoke, it is crucial to quit at least four weeks before surgery and avoid smoking during the recovery process, as it can negatively impact healing. Maintain a healthy diet and stay well-hydrated leading up to the procedure.
- Medication adjustments: Dr. Panossian may recommend stopping certain medications or supplements that can increase the risk of bleeding or interfere with anesthesia.
- Arrange for support: Plan to have someone drive you home after surgery and assist with daily tasks during the initial recovery period.
By following these steps and any additional instructions provided by Dr. Panossian, you can help ensure a smooth surgery and recovery process.
Patient Example: This woman underwent total facial rejuvenation involving a range of aesthetic procedures: facelift, neck lift, upper and lower eyelid lift, and brow lift surgery. The result is a proportionately youthful and natural appearance. The facial thirds are addressed comprehensively with an excellent, balanced long-term result. Move the slider to see the Before & After.
How is a facelift performed?
Surgical facelifts are typically performed under general anesthesia using a variety of surgical techniques. Generally, Dr. Panossian will make incisions along the hairline, around the ears, and potentially under the chin, depending on the specific lift technique used.
The surgeon will proceed to cautiously elevate and reposition the facial tissues and muscles beneath the skin, eliminate any surplus skin, and rearrange the leftover skin to achieve a smoother, rejuvenated look. The incisions will be closed with sutures and gently covered with bandages. Some patients may have a bandage wrapped underneath the chin and over their heads.
A small, thin drain tube may be placed behind the ear to prevent fluid accumulation, which is usually removed the day after surgery. The entire procedure typically takes several hours, depending on the extent of the surgery and any additional procedures performed.
Are You Ready For A Consultation?
If you are considering this procedure, booking a consultation with an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Panossian is a great way to learn about the procedure and determine if it’s right for you.
Recovering from a facelift involves several stages to ensure optimal healing and results. The recovery time for a facelift typically lasts between two and four weeks. Following Dr. Panossian’s post-operative instructions is crucial for a successful recovery.
Facelift Recovery Week 1
The day after surgery, the tube will be removed, and the dressing will be changed.
During the first week of recovery, patients can expect some swelling and bruising, which will gradually improve over time. Dr. Panossian may prescribe antibiotics and pain medication to manage discomfort and prevent infection. It is essential to keep the head elevated and avoid any strenuous activities during the days after surgery. Light walks and stationary activities are allowed, but heavy lifting, contact sports, aerobics, sun exposure, high-stress daily activity, and sex should be avoided. Most patients take 7-14 days off work, and makeup can help mask any residual bruising.
Some of our patients elect to have overnight monitoring at home at a surgical facility.
Facelift Recovery Week 2
Most of the swelling and bruising should diminish by the conclusion of the second week. Patients may start to notice the initial results of their facelift, with a more refreshed and youthful appearance. It is still important to follow Dr. Panossian’s instructions and avoid any activities that could compromise the healing process.
Facelift Recovery Weeks 3 and 4
During the third and fourth weeks after surgery, patients can gradually resume their normal activities as long as they have received clearance from Dr. Panossian. It is essential to continue following all post-operative instructions and attend any scheduled follow-up appointments to monitor the healing process and ensure the best possible results.
By adhering to the recovery guidelines and maintaining open communication with Dr. Panossian, patients can enjoy a smooth healing process and achieve their desired facelift results.
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