A facelift is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the face and neck of patients who feel they have sagging skin, deep fold lines between the nose and corner of the mouth, fat that has fallen or disappeared, and even loose skin and fat of the neck that can appear as a double chin.
Facelifts are not the magic cure-all for aging, nor does it fundamentally change your appearance. Facelifts are can only be performed surgically.
Healthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that will impair the healing process are ideal candidates. They should also be non-smoking, and have a positive, realistic expectation of the results of the surgery.
When meeting with Dr. Mecham be prepared to discuss:
In your consultation Dr. Mecham will also:
Prior to the surgery you may be asked to get some lab testing completed or a medical evaluation. You may also be counseled to take some certain medications or adjust your current medications. If you are a smoker, you will be asked to stop smoking.
You will also be asked to avoid taking any aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and any herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding.
Deciding to have a Facelift surgery is extremely personal. It is ultimately up to you to decide if the benefits of surgery will help you achieve your goals and whether or not the risks and potential complications are acceptable.
Prior to surgery you will be asked to sign consent forms with Dr. Mecham to ensure that you fully understand the procedure and any risks and potential complications resulting from a Facelift surgery.
After your surgery is complete, a bandage might be placed around your face to minimize swelling and bruising. Thin tubes may be present to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect under the skin.
Dr. Mecham will provide you with specific post-surgery instructions that will inform you on how to properly treat the surgical site and care for your overall well being. You may be prescribed additional medications. She will also inform you of warning signs to look out for in case infection or other problems arise.
It may take several months for the swelling to fully go away and for incision lines to mature. Don’t get discouraged if you feel like the changes aren’t noticeable after just a few weeks – proper healing takes time.
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