The term face lift refers to many different techniques to reposition the tissues of your face. Dr. Dana Coberly—our plastic surgeon in Tampa—believes in restoring a more rejuvenated, rested, youthful appearing YOU, not trying to make you look like someone else. Her goal is to give you a natural look, avoiding an artificial appearance. She will evaluate the topography your face, examine old photographs and use computer imaging to determine the best technique to suit your anatomy.
Face lifts can be combined with other facial procedures to help restore the entire face and neck as needed to maintain harmony. The skin surface can also be addressed to restore a more youthful, natural glow.
How Is the Surgery Performed?
A face lift is a very individualized procedure. Incisions will generally be made in the hair line above the ear, in front of the ear and around the earlobe, then behind the ear and into the hair behind the ear toward the back of the head. If the neck needs to be addressed, a small incision may be made under the chin. The skin and underlying tissue is lifted and re-positioned where it is secured with several sutures. The skin is then draped to naturally take out the extra skin without tension. Fat may be removed from the neck and face as needed. Small sutures are used to secure the skin in place and a small temporary drainage tube may be used. A large dressing will be placed overnight to help reduce the swelling.
What Should I Know About the Recovery?
You may need to stay overnight, and will want to plan to have someone stay with you for a day or two. You will be up and around in 1-2 days, and will feel much better after the first week. Most people are able to return to work in 2-3 weeks.
The scars can be camouflaged with make-up and your hair during healing and then generally fades so that it is nearly invisible.
Your surgery is designed to “set back the clock”, and make you appear younger. It is permanent in the sense that you will always look younger than if you had never had a face lift, but time and gravity will continue to work against us.
For more information go to our Preparing for Cosmetic Surgery page and see Face Lift.