The Ins and Outs of a Facelift

Face Lift (Rhytidectomy)
A facelift is the most comprehensive surgical option to treat facial wrinkles and sagging skin that occur
naturally as we age. Facelift surgery lifts sagging facial tissue at the level of the cheek bones down (a
separate procedure is required to address aging eyes and neck tissue), which often results in a more
youthful appearance.  A facelift is a complex surgical procedure that removes excess sagging skin, smooths
deep folds, and lifts and tightens the deep facial tissues.  Many patients find facelift surgery makes them
look younger, improves their appearance, and increases their self-confidence.  

When To Consider A Facelift?
As we age, our skin begins to lose elasticity, and facial tissues lose volume, resulting in sagging skin on the
lower face and deep wrinkles. While this is a natural part of growing older, patients who are bothered by
these signs of aging may find a facelift to be a good solution.
Who Is a Good Candidate For A Facelift?
 Women and Men
 Ages 50 and older
 Non-smokers
 Generally in good health
 Desire tighter, more youthful-appearing facial features
After a Facelift
 Despite the complex nature of the procedure, most patients return to normal daily activities after
about 2 weeks, although strenuous exercise should usually be avoided for about 4 weeks.   
 One of the primary concerns patients have following a facelift is how soon they will look
presentable after the procedure.  Bruising and swelling are normal after a facelift, and will usually
be at their peak about 2-5 days after surgery. After that, bruising and swelling will gradually get
better, and are generally difficult to notice after about 10 to 14 days. 
 As you ease back into your routine after a facelift, it is especially important to keep your face
protected from the sun. You will be more vulnerable to sunburn for several weeks after surgery. 
Additionally, staying out of the sun will help scars heal as inconspicuously as possible. 
Long Term Results
 A facelift is designed to achieve results that not only look natural now, but will also age naturally
with you. While nothing can stop the normal aging process, after a facelift you will likely look
years younger than you would have without the surgery.
 There are certain things you can do to keep your results looking their best. As always, we
recommend applying sunscreen and wearing a wide-brimmed hat when in the sun.  Additionally,
maintaining a healthy, stable weight is important, as significant weight fluctuations can cause skin
to stretch out again. You should also adopt a consistent, quality skin care regimen to keep your

skin healthy and protected from unnecessary aging.  We offer several lines of skin care at Ditto

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Dr. Ditto

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