A facelift — also known as rhytidectomy — is a procedure performed on both men and women to treat sagging skin and deep creases of the face and neck. These are conditions that come naturally with aging, and the facelift procedure works to tighten underlying muscles and tissue, as well as eliminate excess skin.
As part of the facelift procedure, Dr. Fernau takes great care to place any incisions so that they remain well-hidden after your recovery. The skin is carefully replaced to prevent noticeable scarring. The earlobes — one of the most telling signs of a poorly-performed facelift — are also kept in their normal anatomic position.
The end result of the procedure is to wholly-rejuvenate the face and neck and create a more youthful appearance that is taut and smooth. The average facelift done today lasts ten to fifteen years, and follow-up procedures can be performed to keep you looking good for many more years to come.
Who May Benefit from Facelift Surgery
The majority of Pittsburgh facelift patients are men and women over forty-five years of age, though some patients who have suffered from premature aging or considerable weight loss are also common candidates for facelift surgery. The best candidates are men and women whose face and neck have started to sag but who still have good skin elasticity and well-defined bone structure.
Facelift surgery is often sought to correct the following issues:
- Excess or sagging of the skin in the mid-face region.
- Loose skin or excessive fat deposits underneath the chin and jaw.
- Deep creases below the lower eyelids or creases that run from the nose to the corners of the mouth.
- Excessive “jowls” created by a loss of muscle tone.
Recovery Periods for Facelift Surgery
Recovery times for a facelift procedure vary from patient to patient. All patients receive pre-operative packets and post-operative care instructions for their surgical procedure. To improve your recovery period and minimize any post-operative complications, it is important to fully disclose your medical history with Dr. Fernau during your initial consultation. It is also important for you to discuss any use of medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, and recreational substances. Dr. Fernau may wish to also discuss your physical health and any personal expectations or concerns you may have prior to your procedure.
After facelift surgery, patients may expect some initial swelling and post-operative bruising. It is normal for these conditions to last for a few days. Any stitches are typically removed during the first week of recovery. By following Dr. Fernau’s post-operative care instructions, you can mitigate post-operative complications and speed up your healing process.
Special instructions related to your individual procedure, regarding rest, special garments, returning to your place of business (or normal daily activity), sports or other physical activities, and exposure to sunlight and outdoor elements will be provided to you by Dr. Fernau.
For your convenience, Dr. Fernau is available at any time and can even be reached after hours. Each patient is given his personal cell phone number for any questions.
Benefits and Additions for Facelifts
Many plastic surgery Pittsburgh patients who have received Facelift surgery have also benefited from Fat Grafting and Neck Lift procedures along with skin care treatments to enhance their Facelift before and after surgery.
One particular treatment is Fraxel. Fraxel is a unique laser that penetrates below the surface of the skin to rebuild the structure of the skin and enhance collagen reproduction that has been lost due to aging. To learn more about these additional procedures, their respective pages and see some of the amazing results achieved by Dr. Fernau’s patients.
Learn More About Facelift Surgery
For more information about Facelifts and other procedures, we invite you to call us at (412) 446-0391 — Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm — to schedule an appointment. You may also use the Contact Form page to send us a message.