Facelift

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For patients whose faces have begun to show signs of jowls and loose skin, Tucson board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Armando Alfaro offers a facelift. By tightening and toning loose skin on the lower face and neck, a facelift by Dr. Alfaro can help you look years younger, on average.

In addition to the cosmetic improvements you can achieve through a facelift, you may also anticipate an improvement in self-confidence—a positive change that others may notice as well.

What to Expect During a Facelift

What is it?

Procedure to rejuvenate tissues of the lower face and neck. Treats sagging skin, jowls, deep wrinkles and folds.

In/Outpatient:

Outpatient

Surgery time:

2-3 hours

Recovery time:

2-3 weeks

How a Facelift Works

When you undergo your facelift in Tucson with Dr. Alfaro, his anesthesiologist will administer a general anesthetic or a local anesthetic with sedation, helping you to sleep through the procedure.

Using careful techniques, Dr. Alfaro will make minimal incisions beginning in the hairline at your temples, continuing down in front of your ear and ending behind your earlobe. He will take special care to hide the incisions in your hairline and in the natural folds of your skin.

From this point, Dr. Alfaro will separate the connecting tissues of your lower face. He will remove extra tissues and skin and may liposuction out a conservative amount of fat, as well. The underlying tissues will then be tightened and Dr. Alfaro will use sutures to close the incisions on your skin. A surgical dressing will then be applied to protect your incisions.

The full recovery time for your facelift in Tucson can last two to three weeks for some patients. During this time, you will need to keep your head elevated and your surgical dressings fresh. It is not unlikely to experience some swelling and numbness during the initial recovery period, but these will dissipate over the the first week. If you experience any discomfort, Dr. Alfaro may prescribe medication to help you manage it.

Until you are recovered from your facelift in Tucson, you will need to limit your activity. Dr. Alfaro will expect you to walk shortly after surgery and will give you instructions for how much activity you may take part in. You will need plenty of rest as you recover.

Over time, swelling from your facelift will dissipate and you will begin to see the effects of your surgery. While it will take longer for the scarring to subside, as Dr. Alfaro has taken care to hide them, they should not be visible to others. If you are interested, Dr. Alfaro can give you instructions on how to conceal any scarring with cosmetics.

Facelift FAQ

How does a facelift work?

Surgery is done on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation. The incision for the face lift is placed in front of the ear and follows the back curve of the ear before extending into the hair. The loose muscle layer under the skin on the face is raised and tightened, then the skin is redraped on the face. At this point, any excess skin is removed and the incisions are closed.

What happens after face lift surgery?

To complete the surgery, the doctor may place surgical drains under the skin at the incision site in order to prevent fluid build up. Preventing fluid build up reduces swelling and facilitates healing. These surgical drains will be removed after several days. You may need to wear a compression garment over the head and neck to further prevent swelling.

What are the risks of a face lift?

Risks include: scarring, hematoma, infection, poor healing, anesthesia risks, correctable hair loss at the incisions, facial nerve injury with weakness, facial asymmetry, skin loss, numbness or other changes in skin sensation, fat necrosis, fluid accumulation, pain, skin contour irregularities, skin discoloration, sensitivity or swelling, visible or irritated sutures, DVT, cardiac and pulmonary complications, and need for revision surgery.

Are there alternatives to face lift surgery?

There are several new and exciting non-surgical ways to look younger. But it's important to know that a facelift can only be performed surgically; non-surgical rejuvenation treatments cannot achieve the same results. They can help delay the time at which a facelift becomes appropriate and also complement the results of surgery.

How long is the recovery after face lift surgery?

Patients usually return to have sutures removed in about one week. Swelling and bruising typically last about one week as well. The doctor can prescribe medications to help control pain during your recovery.

Scheduling Your Facelift in Tucson

We encourage you to learn more about a facelift in Tucson, performed by ASPS board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alfaro in his state of the art office surgical facility. Please call us today at (520) 323‐9720 to schedule your consultation.