What Does a Facelift Do and How Can it Transform Your Appearance?

Due to age and genetics, your skin will start to develop wrinkles and become droopy. If you have been searching for a solution that offers effective results for these signs, you have likely tried a few treatment options. Traditional skin care treatments may only provide short-lived results. So, what alternative options are available? At Georgia Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, we offer facelift surgery. A facelift is a surgical procedure that targets wrinkles and loose skin on your face and neck. This procedure has a lot to offer! If you want to know more about facelift surgery and how it can transform your appearance, call us to schedule a consultation. 

What is Rhytidectomy?

Rhytidectomy is also known as a facelift. It is a popular surgical procedure that improves the structure and contours of your face and neck while effectively reducing the appearance of wrinkles. During the facelift procedure, your facial muscles, tissue, and skin are rearranged to achieve your desired results. If there is excess fat or skin in the target area, it will be removed. 

What Areas Can a Facelift Address? 

A facelift procedure can address the most common signs of aging, such as fallen fat, jaw and cheek jowls, sagging skin, deep folds, volume loss, excess skin under your chin, wrinkles, and facial depressions. A facelift is not only suitable to combat the signs of aging. It can also be used by younger people to address similar skin concerns. A facelift is a great way to target specific skin concerns on your face and neck area and improve the overall condition of your skin. 

What Happens During a Facelift Procedure? 

A facelift procedure involves a few steps to achieve optimal results. The first step is lifting the skin on your face to allow access to underlying tissue and muscle. This is done with surgical incisions strategically made along creases and existing lines of your face to hide any scarring that may occur. The tissue and muscles are then tightened. If there is any excess fat around your neck, it can be moved or removed. 

Once this phase is complete, and we are happy with the repositioning of your facial muscles, fat, and tissue, your skin is re-draped over your newly positioned contours. Any open wounds you have in the area will be stitched or taped closed, and excess skin will be removed. Your incisions will also be bandaged to apply gentle pressure on the target area. 

A small drainage tube will be inserted behind your ears underneath your skin. The purpose of the tube is to allow any excess blood and other fluids to drain from the target area. 

The Benefits of a Facelift

There is a lot involved with a facelift. However, the results that are gained can be enjoyed for many years to come. As your wounds heal, you will start seeing the changes in your skin.

Your skin will look and feel tighter. The appearance of wrinkles and deep facial folds will be reduced, and your skin will be firmer. You will also notice new contours on your face, while excess skin that once drooped on your face will be no more. 

After your facelift procedure, you will have boosted confidence and feel better about the condition of your skin. You can now enjoy your new transformation. 

Different Types of Facelifts 

We offer many facelift variations. Each procedure has its own unique benefits. There are also different incisions used in each facelift procedure. Before deciding which procedure to have, you should schedule a consultation to discuss your skin concerns and desired goals. Here are a few types of facelift procedures we offer: 

Mini Facelift 

A mini facelift is less invasive than a typical facelift. We also use shorter incisions, and as a result, your recovery time and scarring are less. A mini facelift targets particular areas of concern on your face. 

Deep Plane Facelift 

A deep plane facelift procedure focuses on your mid-face area. This procedure tightens sagging skin by replacing tissue. It also restores volume to your cheeks. This procedure is a more advanced surgery than traditional facelifts. 

Recovering From Rhytidectomy

After your facelift surgery, you will have bandages around your face. It is important to schedule someone to drive you home after surgery and stay with you for a few days to assist with tasks that may be difficult. The drainage tubes beneath your skin will be removed 24 hours after your surgery. Once your wounds are almost healed, you will be provided with a facial sling. This will support your new facial structure as you continue to recover. You will also have to schedule a few follow-up appointments within the next two months after the surgery so that we can track your recovery progress. In these appointments, we will discuss detailed instructions that are easy to follow so that you can take care of yourself properly and heal as quickly as possible. Before you know it, you will get back to your daily routine and enjoy the results you achieved with rhytidectomy. 

Schedule Your Facelift With Us 

There is so much to benefit from when having a facelift procedure. If you have been looking for a solution to all your age-related skin concerns, a facelift is perfect for you. At Georgia Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, we offer a range of customizable facelift procedures to target your skin concerns. If you want to know more about facelift surgery, give us a call or visit us in Atlanta, GA, to schedule a consultation.

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