At Tarola Plastic Surgery in Murfreesboro, TN, we offer the facelift; the ultimate anti-aging procedure that can take years off the overall appearance. This procedure is designed to meet the needs of patients who have experienced advanced signs of aging that can’t be effectively treated with non-invasive options like dermal fillers, neuromodulators, and other non-surgical professional skincare treatments.
How Does a Facelift Work?
A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a procedure during which the surgeon addresses how aging has affected the middle and lower half of the face and, often, the neck. This procedure is customized to each patient’s needs and can treat jowls, facial folds, deep lines and wrinkles, and severe skin laxity on the face and neck. A typical rhytidectomy consists of several steps, each working together to ensure patients achieve their desired aesthetic and anti-aging goals.
The Initial Consultation
The first step in this surgical treatment process is an initial consultation. During this consultation, you’ll meet with the surgeon, who will evaluate how aging has affected your overall appearance and confirm that this procedure is right for you.
He will ask you about your medical history and treatment goals, and once he confirms you’re a good candidate, he can customize your procedure to address how aging has affected your appearance so he can take the necessary steps and use the right techniques during the procedure.
Preparing for the Procedure
Once you complete the consultation process and you’re confirmed as a good candidate for this surgical procedure, you’ll need to take some steps to prepare for surgery. You’ll be given a surgical packet that includes specific pre-surgery instructions, postoperative care directions, and what you can expect after your procedure. You’ll also need to temporarily discontinue certain medications and take steps to ensure your body is healthy and ready for surgery.
On the day of your procedure, you’ll need someone to drive you to and from your appointment. You’ll be given anesthesia to maintain optimal comfort during and after surgery. The surgeon will use different surgical techniques to tighten your skin, eliminate lines, wrinkles, and facial folds, and restore a youthful-looking appearance. Once it’s over, you’ll be moved to recovery.
The Recovery Process
You’ll need to follow some very specific aftercare and recovery instructions to ensure proper healing and the best possible results. The best way to promote healing is by avoiding smoking, alcohol, sugar, and activity as directed and following all of the post-operative directives.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Long Will It Take To See My Results?
After your procedure, it can take a few weeks for the swelling to subside, and at that point, you’ll be able to enjoy your results. Following all the aftercare instructions will ensure a quick recovery and rapid healing. On average, the recovery process takes four to six weeks, and the best results are visible within six months of the procedure.
How Long Will My Results Last?
A facelift is designed to deliver long-lasting results. The results typically last ten years or longer, but the results aren’t permanent since nothing can stop the aging process. However, if at any point after your procedure, you start to notice additional signs of aging due to the natural aging process, we can work with you to design a non-invasive treatment plan to address those specific concerns.
Am I a Good Candidate for Facelift?
The best candidates for a facelift are non-smokers in good health who have realistic expectations about the procedure and the outcome and have tried alternative treatments to restore youthful-looking skin but have been unsuccessful. Patients must also be willing to comply with all of the pre-surgical and post-operative directives, as the final outcome hinges on patient cooperation.
If you’re interested in learning more about our facelift and how we can customize it to meet your needs, we can schedule an initial consultation at our office to give you more details and confirm that it’s the right choice for you.
What if I Don’t Qualify for the Procedure?
In some cases, certain patients may not be eligible for this procedure for different reasons. However, you still have options if you don’t qualify for a rhytidectomy. We can design a customized treatment plan with other non-surgical treatment options like anti-aging injectables and skin resurfacing treatments to address your cosmetic and aging-related concerns.
Dermal fillers can restore natural volume to the middle and lower half of the face to eliminate jowls, nasolabial folds, and wrinkles. BOTOX® injections can smooth expression lines on the upper half of the face to restore smoother and youthful-looking skin for several months at a time. These treatments are long-lasting, and with consistent maintenance appointments, you can maintain your desired appearance long-term.
The facelift can transform your appearance, boost your confidence, and significantly reverse the aging process. We can give you more details at a pre-surgical consultation. We can answer any questions, discuss your primary concerns, and determine if it’s right for you so we can move forward with a treatment plan that will help you feel like a whole new you. Contact us at Tarola Plastic Surgery in Murfreesboro, TN, to schedule your initial consultation.