Recent studies have shown that looking good has a direct correlation to higher pay. Facelifts are performed by Dr. Robert Dryden for patients throughout Arizona so that they can look younger and feel better and have a better self image. People from every walk of life elect to have a facelift for cosmetic as well as economic reasons.  An aging neck or saggy jowls frequently are the most dramatic signs of aging.

Look as young as you feel with a facelift

If you have been considering a facelift to reverse the signs of aging, you should understand what a facelift can and can't do. Although the incisions made for a facelift are hidden back in your hairline and arround the ears, it does nothing to correct the visible signs of aging in the upper face where Botox, a brow lift or laser resurfacing is needed. A facelift provides an overall lift to the lower third of your face by tightening loose skin in the jowls, neck, and jaw line and removing or redistributing fat. 

A facelift alone will not remove forehead wrinkles, crow's feet or bags under your eyes. These areas can, however, be treated at the same time as your facelift. During your initial consultation, your surgeon will discuss your particular condition, your expectations, and the probable outcome of your various treatment options. You will be shown several before and after photographs of patients having similar conditions, and we will explain the details of your procedure. Before and after photos will be taken of your face to document your results.

The facelift procedure

A facelift procedure may be performed in an outpatient surgical facility. Premedication is generally recommended to relax the patient. The procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia with sedation or  general anesthesia with the patient asleep. Your surgeon will operate on one side of the face at a time. The incision is placed in the natural crease of the facial skin and begins inside the hairline in the temple area above and forward of the ear. It continues inside the ear or in front of the ear around the earlobe and behind the ear. The skin is lifted outward and the surgeon tightens and repositions the underlying muscles and tissues. Excess skin and fat may be removed. The incision is then closed with fine sutures and/or metal clips. If metal clips are used, shaving hair from the incision site may be avoided. A facelift can take between 2 - 4 hours depending on the extent of the procedure. Alternatives to a full facelift including a minifacelift with or without the neck bands minimized or an S-lift depending the patient's characteristics.  Tumescent soluation utilized in the surgical areas minimizes swelling and bruising.

How long will results last after my facelift?

Some relaxation of facial tissues will occur during the first few weeks. After that, the aging process continues. Your lifestyle choices, bone structure, skin type, sun exposure and heredity all play a role in determining how many years can be removed and for how long. In general younger patients enjoy longer-lasting results. If you are in your forties, the effects may last up to 10 years. If you are in your sixties, your results may last 5 - 7 years.  Each patient is different and may need a touchup depending on how fast stretching occurs. 

What happens after my facelift surgery?

After Dr. Dryden performs your facelift, there may be bruising and swelling that will persist for a few days. Pain is normally minimal and can be controlled with oral medication. We will take off your bandages in our office on the first day after surgery. You may then go home, take a shower and wash your hair. Sutures may be removed in stages to minimize scarring.

Healing is a gradual process. After about 2 weeks or sooner you will feel comfortable (with make-up) among strangers. After 3 weeks or soooner you will look and feel confident enough to go out with friends again. Your face will feel completely "normal" in about 10 - 12 weeks. Direct sun should be avoided for several weeks. Most patients are delighted with their new, more youthful and relaxed appearance.

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