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When your facial features seem to droop and wrinkles have become etched in your skin, you can turn back the hands of time with the help of a facelift. Also called a rhytidectomy, this surgical facial procedure involves removal of excess skin and tightening of the facial tissues. We offer the facelift in Dayton for patients looking for an effective and long-lasting rejuvenation option.
What Are the Benefits of a Facelift?
A facelift has a number of benefits:
- Reduction of facial age lines, wrinkles, and folds
- Tightening of loose skin
- Rejuvenation of the face for an overall younger appearance
- Reduction of the appearance of jowls
The procedure can also be combined with other surgeries to create more comprehensive rejuvenation. These surgeries include the neck lift, brow lift, rhinoplasty, and eyelid surgery.
Am I an Ideal Candidate for a Rhytidectomy?
Any patients whose facial skin sags or has wrinkles due to constant sun exposure, the aging process, stress, or the constant pull of gravity may be a good candidate for a facelift.
Ideal facelift candidates are between the ages of 40 and 60, though there is no one “right age” for the procedure; many patients get facelifts in their 70s and 80s. Good candidates are non-smokers, since smoking can have negative effects on the healing process. Smokers must quit several weeks before the procedure date.
The best way to find out if you are an ideal candidate for a rhytidectomy is by arranging a consultation with a skilled surgeon at the Plastic Surgery Institute of Dayton. During your consultation, your overall heath will be evaluated, along with your complete medical history. You will also be able to discuss your cosmetic goals for the procedure.
What Is Getting a Facelift Like?
A facelift is a comfortable procedure, since patients are given either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation to eliminate any chance of pain or discomfort.
Once the anesthesia has taken effect, precise incisions are made to give the surgeon access to the underlying tissues of the face. For a traditional facelift, an incision is made at the temple and goes down to curve around and behind the earlobe. Another of these incisions is made at the other temple.
The underlying tissues are then lifted to create natural-looking revitalization. Skin, muscle tissue, and fat may be removed or repositioned as needed. Finally, the incisions are closed with the help of stitches.
What Is Rhytidectomy Recovery Like?
Once you have returned home after your facelift procedure, it will be time to rest and recover. During the healing process, follow your surgeon’s care directions to ensure that the recovery is as quick and comfortable as possible.
Pain-control medication may be prescribed to help with any soreness or pain. A degree of swelling and bruising will be present in the area, but these will go away with the help of cold compresses. Keeping your head elevated at all times will also help.
At follow-up appointments, your doctor will check to make sure that the healing is going properly. Stitches will also be removed at this time.
How Much Does a Facelift Cost?
Facelift cost varies depending on the details of the surgery. The length of the surgical session impacts the cost, as do the techniques used and the type of anesthesia administered. Patients can learn more about their rhytidectomy procedure cost during a consultation.
Arrange Your Facelift Consultation
At the Plastic Surgery Institute of Dayton, our experienced surgeons frequently perform the facelift for Dayton patients, and our impressive results speak for themselves. Get started with your rhytidectomy – contact our office today for your consultation.