What Kind of Results Should I Expect After My Facelift?
It is important to maintain reasonable expectations for the procedure. While a facelift can address signs of aging that cannot be addressed by nonsurgical treatments, it by no means corrects all of the signs of aging.
A facelift will address sagging facial muscles, a facial volume that has migrated, and excess skin. Anyone who decides to undergo a facelift must understand that the goal is to look like a better version of yourself at your current stage of aging. While a well-performed facelift by a skilled facelift surgeon can help reposition facial volume by repositioning facial muscles, it will not replace bone or fat loss. FIllers and sometimes fat transfer are helpful additions to a facelift.
In addition, a natural-looking facelift requires supporting and repositioning the underlying muscles to a youthful position. This allows excess skin to shift and be removed without tension. The skin should not be pulled. This helps avoid the pulled, operated-on look that is so common today after Traditional Facelifts and more aggressive facelifts.
While excess skin is removed during a facelift, the age and quality of the skin in the face and neck remains unchanged. This can be further helped with skin care, lasers, and other nonsurgical “collagen building” treatments. Sometimes patients have skin that has been badly damaged from sun exposure and lifestyle for over 30, 40, 50+ years. For some patients, it’s genetics. Even surgery has it’s limitations when it comes to years of skin damage. After a facelift, the skin will look much better and smoother because of the removal of excess, but there will always be residual looseness or wrinkles because of “weak” collagen.
What Can I Expect After My Facelift?
Dr. Mark Karolak uses his advanced surgical skills and years of experience with different facelift techniques to create a specialized approach for each patient. The procedure typically takes about two hours to complete and is done under local anesthesia, so you do not have the lingering groggy effects that are common after general anesthesia..
After the surgery, you may or may not experience pain and discomfort, along with swelling and bruising. While this is normal, Dr. Karolak may prescribe pain medication. Most patients require two weeks of recovery before resuming normal activities.
Once the swelling has subsided, you’ll be able to see real improvements in your facial contour. Gradual improvement will continue over the course of several months.