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Facelift surgery or “Rhytidectomy” is an artistry used to reverse aging of neck, jawline, lower and mid-face, restoring a youthful aesthetically pleasing appearance. A facelift can be performed in a variety of ways, ultimately resulting in the tightening of the skin, adjunct to procedures like eyelid surgery or facial skin rejuvenation services may be combined. For example, fat transfer, dermal filler, chemical peel, Morpheus8 RF Microneedling or laser therapy are performed to either replace the volume in the mid face that time has taken away or restore healthy skin.
A Mini Facelift is for someone who has experienced more minor skin changes such as sagging and deep wrinkling, desire a less invasive approach. It targets cheeks and jowls with faster recovery. The surgery length is about 2-3 hours long with small incisions near ears. This is not good for muscle laxity. Postoperative care is associated with less bleeding, less soft tissue injury, some bruising in the first week, suture comes out in about a week, and most are back to normal activity in two weeks. This procedure is synonymous with the “Weekend Facelift”, “QuickLift”, “S Lift”, or “Lifestyle Lift”.
The Mid Facelift starts from the lower eyelids along the nasolabial folds to the corners of the lip, forming an inverted triangle. This particular area quickly shows signs of aging with less anterior projection due to volume loss from bony skeleton and soft tissue. This lift is minimally invasive and is performed with minimal incision to elevate the droopy cheek tissue over the cheekbone, restoring a more prominent youthful contour. The Mid facelift focuses on the central portion of the face, thus if there is neck laxity a full face lift (lower face and neck lift) is recommended. This technique softens the cheek fold, improves the tear trough and bagginess of the lower lids. Alternatively, fillers can be used to temporarily restore volume to the midface, often referred to as a “Liquid Facelift”.
The Lower Facelift is the most common facelift procedure among those undergoing facelifts. It focuses on sagging jowls, skin laxity of the neck and jawline, reduces deep wrinkles, and restores the angles of the mouth to normal architecture, resulting in a happier looking face. An aging face generally involves the neck, thus it is customary to perform neck lift along with lower face for optimal results. However, a lower facelift can be done without neck procedure. The best desired outcome is achieved by tailoring surgical approaches, whether incorporating liposuction of the neck and/or tightening of platysma muscle with facelift to harmonize the face-neck complex.
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Preparation for Facelift Surgery
Regardless of the specific facelift surgery you have, you’ll have to follow Dr. Ayim’s instructions for the preparation and recovery phases. The preparation phase involves the initial consultation with Dr. Ayim, in which she will speak with you about your medical history, current medications, and treatment expectations.
This information allows her to determine your eligibility for a facelift. If you are a good candidate for a rhytidectomy, Dr. Ayim will perform a thorough examination of your facial structure and will learn about your specific cosmetic concerns. This information will allow her to create your customized treatment plan.
Prior to surgery, you will need to abstain from tobacco and alcohol consumption as directed by Dr. Ayim. You will need to make arrangements to ensure that a friend or family member can drive you to and from your procedure. You may also want to plan to have some assistance around the house in the first days of your recovery.
During the initial recovery stage, you may experience bruising and swelling in the treatment area. Dr. Ayim can prescribe pain medication to mitigate discomfort until the symptoms dissipate. She may also recommend that you apply ice packs to reduce swelling.
Recovering from a facelift surgery requires rest, and it is important to keep your head elevated in the initial recovery period. Expect that you will need to take a week off work and restrict your activity levels for at least two weeks.
You will also need follow-up appointments with Dr. Ayim to allow her to monitor your healing and advise you when it is safe for you to return to your job and normal activities.
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Dr. Ayim consistently achieves natural-looking, transformational results for her Houston facelift patients. If you are ready to restore a youthful facial profile, contact our office today to schedule a facelift consultation with Dr. Ayim.