As you get older, a number of factors contribute to the aging of your face. Gravity, sun and wind exposure and tissue changes conspire to leave you looking older. Wrinkles form on your forehead, and around your eyes. Folds of skin appear on the bottom of the cheeks and on the previously smooth neck.
Facelift surgery performed by Dr. Verga can help address the effects of aging. The procedure usually involves incisions in front of and behind the ear and a separate incision into the side of the scalp. This last incision is also used to perform a brow lift. Once the incisions are made, various degrees of undermining of the skin are performed, and the deeper layers of the face are re-positioned letting the skin re-drape with no tension to a normal improved look. When indicated Dr Verga will perform liposuction of the neck and jowls.
The amount of time it takes to recover from your facelift varies depending on the individual. Elevation of the head is extremely helpful in reducing the initial post-operative swelling.
On the third day after surgery the dressing is removed, puffiness and discoloration may be more pronounced in some portions of the face than others. Do not be alarmed by any unevenness or temporary asymmetry – this is normal. Typically, most swelling is noted in the first 24-48 hours, and most bruising resolves within 2 weeks. Concealing makeup is usually permitted after the first week. You may experience numbness to the face post-operatively, which usually resolves within several months.
The results of your facelift may be subtle or dramatic, depending on your appearance prior to the surgery as well as the specific goals established before surgery. Since the healing process is gradual, you should expect to wait several weeks for an accurate picture of the final look. Additional minor changes or settling may occur over the next several months.
During your pre-operative consultation, Dr. Verga will assess your facial bone structure, underlying skin structure, skin thickness, texture, and elasticity as well as the extent of your facial wrinkles and folds. He will also discuss your aesthetic goals and work with you to formulate a surgical plan.
Generally, facelift is a low risk and versatile procedure. Today, many different techniques exist, with outcomes that are consistently reliable and durable. Dr. Verga simplified his technique to a less invasive one, without compromising the quality of the result. He will explain the technique that he feels is safest, and will provide the best outcome for you based on your goals and the results of your physical exam.