What is a Facelift?
Facelifts are also called facialplasty, rhytidoplasty and cervicofacial rhytidectomy. It is a surgical procedure that is designed to remove signs of aging from the face. It is a cosmetic procedure wherein the plastic surgeon will remove sagging skin, wrinkles and fat from the face and neck.
What is the Facelift Procedure Process?
Face lifts performed by Drs. Peter Hilger and Sofia Lyford-Pike in Minneapolis are generally an outpatient procedure performed in two to three two hours. Patients are sedated before the facelift procedure while the anesthesiologist stays nearby to keep the patient safe during the procedure.
The surgery begins with an incision near the ear. The surgery begins at the hairline and moves along the front of the ear, around the earlobe and then back along the ear and the hairline. This approach helps hide the signs of the surgery . A second incision is made on the opposite side of the face in the same way.
The skin is then carefully lifted from the muscle and tissue underneath. The surgeon may remove fat from the cheeks and the neck and then then tightens up the bands of muscles and tissues around the neck, below the chin. The multivector facelift technique we have developed has produced superior methods used in the past. Excess skin is then trimmed away from the facial skin and is sutured into place.
Who is a Candidate for a Facelift?
Surgeons carefully screen your health records to make sure you are physically and mentally strong enough to go through the procedure. Physical conditions such as high blood pressure, easy scarring, smoking, heart problems and other serious conditions will all be assessed. A good candidate must have realistic expectations for the surgery.
What are the benefits of facelift?
Face lifts will help create a more youthful appearance for your face. It will eliminate skin sagging, wrinkles and even eliminate fatty deposits in the face that lead to an older look. There will be an obvious improvement especially in the contour, skin tone and overall look of the skin in the face and the neck. The natural enhancement creates a fresh look and a positive upbeat attitude.
What is the Cost of a Facelift?
Facelifts are an elective surgery and are therefore not covered by most insurance companies. Cost is broken down into several different factors: the surgeon’s fee, the facility fee, anesthesia, medications, surgical garments, medical tests and more. They generally cost at least several thousand dollars. This exact costs vary depending on the details of the procedure best suited to your needs. We will share costs with you during your consultation.
How do I choose the best Facelift surgeon for my upcoming facial rejuvenation?
When making the decision for a facial rejuvenation, it is vital to choose the best Facelift surgeon available. While any doctor can cut and suture, not all surgeons will posses an eye for aesthetic beauty; a vital quality when trying to attain natural looking Facelift results. Make sure your surgeon is Board-Certified in facial plastic surgery, and has a long history of performing a variety procedures on the face and neck. Look through your surgeon’s before and after photos, to get an idea of his skill and style; if you are happy with his previous work, you are more likely to be pleased with your results. The best Facelift surgeon will sit down with you and develop an individualized surgical plan to achieve your facelift goals.
Focusing on procedures of the face, head, and neck, Dr. Hilger and Lyford-Pike have been performing Facelifts for more than 30 years. They are Board-Certified in Facial Plastic Surgery, have authored more than 75 articles on facial plastic surgery, and presented over 100 scientific presentations. Besides providing renowned facial plastic surgery services in his Edina office, Dr. Hilger and Lyford-Pike are also active faculty and researchers at the University of Minnesota.
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What are the Risks?
The most common risk is to develop a hematoma, which happens in approximately 3% of cases. The problem is easily treated and does not affect the eventual outcome of the surgery.
What Do I Do After the Surgery?
After surgery, you will generally spend a few hours in a recovery room. Once home, you must generally stay in a reclining position for 24 hours immediately after the surgery. A soft diet must be consumed and stretching or bending the neck should be avoided. Apply ice packs to reduce swelling and remove bruises we will remove your bandages the day after surgery . The stitches or sutures are removed seven to ten days later.
Are There Non-Surgical Alternatives to Facelift?
Some non-invasive surface treatments to the skin can provide some tightening of the soft tissues but the effectiveness is very limited and not equivalent for surgery for any significant laxity. Aesthetician services are also helpful in this regard to provide a more youthful, refreshed look and can be seen a complimentary to facelifts, blepharoplasties and brow lifts.
Are there anything I can do to speed up on enhancing my recovery?
Dr. Hilger and Lyford-Pike have years of experience with these procedures and have found that our esthetician can play a very beneficial role in your procedure. Preoperatively she has treatment options that prepare your skin for surgery and shorten recovery and after your procedure, she can help get you back to your favorite activities. Services she provides include skin care camouflage and lymphatic drainage. These techniques shorten recovery and greatly enhance the overall aesthetic improvement.
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