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What to Expect with a Face-lift Procedure

The first facelift was performed in 1916 by Dr. Eric Lexter. For the next seven decades, there were no changes made to the way facelifts were performed. The first generation of facelifts involved lifting the skin and removing the excess skin without making changes to the tissues underneath.

Modern facelifts are the result of more than a century of research and experimentation in fighting facial aging. Today, plastic surgeons can lift both skin and muscle, rejuvenating both the lower and the mid-face while delivering longer-lasting results. 

From our expert at Lancaster Plastic Surgery, Dr. Richard M. Levin, here’s everything you need to know about what a facelift entails and what you can expect during the recovery period. 

Understanding facial aging and how facelifts can help 

You may be aware that the main contributors to aging are loss of skin elasticity and loss of fat and muscle in the face. However, as you age, the bones in your face recede as well

The structure of the face changes due to shifting bones and muscles. Therefore, injectables for facial aging may help reduce wrinkles, but don’t address the underlying factors that cause a face to look aged. 

When combined with other procedures such as fat-grafting, a facelift can add fat and volume to areas on the face where bones are receding, making up for the bone loss. 

Bone loss develops earlier in women than in men. To slow down the process, ensure that you consume proper doses of vitamin D, calcium, and vitamin K2. Calcium consumed without vitamin D and vitamin K2 can lead to calcium deposits in soft tissues like the arteries. 

Facelift recovery 

Facelifts are done under general anesthesia. Although you won’t feel any pain during the procedure, Dr. Levin will recommend pain medication after about six days. During the first phase of the healing process, you may need to rest and avoid strenuous activities. 

About a week after your procedure, you’ll still feel some numbness and tingling in your face. About two weeks after your facelift, Dr. Levin will take out the sutures. At this point, you’ll still see some swelling and redness, but you should be able to return to your everyday activities. 

The recovery timeline varies based on how extensive the facelift is (a mini lift has a shorter recovery period than a deep plane lift) and whether you have other procedures done alongside the facelift. 

Find out if you’re a good candidate for a facelift

If you’re looking to rejuvenate your face, contact us to schedule an appointment. Dr. Levin will examine your face and medical records and help you determine if you’re a good candidate for a facelift.

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