Over time, the face begins to show signs of aging that can be attributed to factors such as sun exposure, gravity, and the daily stresses of life. The skin loses elasticity, causing wrinkles, creases, and sagging in the face and neck. Fortunately, facelift surgery by Dr. Sarah Mess can restore the youthful appearance to a patient’s face without altering their fundamental appearance. (click here to see Facelift before and after photos)
Ideal Candidates for Facelift
Most facelift candidates are between 40 and 60 years of age, but a facelift can be performed on any patient whose face shows signs of aging. Candidates should be in good physical health and have realistic expectations of the procedure. It is important that individuals choose to undergo a facelift for their own benefit and wish to correct one or more of the following conditions:
- Wrinkles on or below the eyelids
- Deep creases around the corners of the mouth
- Sagging in the midface
- Loose skin and fat deposits in the jowls and under the chin
Preparing for Facelift Surgery
Prior to the facelift procedure, Dr. Mess will give specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery. If you smoke or take any anti-inflammatory medications, such as aspirin, it is best that you discontinue these habits well before surgery since they can hinder blood flow to the skin and disrupt the healing process.
The Facelift Procedure
Dr. Mess performs facelifts on an outpatient basis with intravenous (IV) sedation or general anesthesia. There are various methods that can be used to perform facelift surgery, depending on what areas of the face each individual wishes to address. Generally, incisions are made in the hairline and run down around the ear or under the chin to hide scarring. During a consultation, Dr. Mess will examine the severity of facial wrinkles and sagging skin and discuss which of the following techniques is best suited to correct these conditions.
Traditional Facelift – A traditional facelift is the most popular facelift technique because it addresses multiple aspects of the midface and neck.
Limited Incision – The limited incision technique is best for individuals who only need to correct imperfections in the midface.
Neck Lift – A neck lift focuses on improving sagging jowls, loose neck skin, and fat underneath the chin.
Recovery: What to Expect after Your Facelift
After the procedure is complete, Dr. Mess will wrap the incisions with bandages and may use drainage tubes to remove any excess fluid and reduce bruising. Prescribed medication may be needed to relieve discomfort and swelling as your facial appearance continues to improve over the next few days. Once the bandages are removed, some bruising and discoloration may still be present but can be covered by makeup. Patients can usually return to work about a week after surgery but should refrain from any strenuous activity for the first couple of weeks.
How Much does a Facelift cost
The costs associated with a facelift include:
- Surgeon’s fee
- Surgical facility costs
- Anesthesia fees
- Prescriptions for medication
- Post-surgery garments
Facelift surgery is a financial and time investment, but the return on that investment (a youthful and refreshed appearance) can be enjoyed for years to come.
*The technique performed affects the overall cost of your facelift procedure. Patients who choose to attain complete facial rejuvenation often combine a facelift with an eyelid lift, which can increase the total cost.
Results after Facelift Surgery
Due to swelling and bruising, the results of a facelift may not be immediately apparent. As symptoms subside over the next couple of weeks, patients will begin to notice that their face appears more youthful and revitalized. Oftentimes, individuals develop a renewed sense of self-confidence knowing that their face is free of wrinkles and sagging skin. Dr. Mess will develop a comprehensive maintenance plan so patients can protect their investment. Patients will be advised on sunscreens, moisturizers, and other skin care that can help maintain long-lasting results.
You are welcome to visit our facelift before and after page to see some of Dr. Mess’ previous patients’ results. These patients have graciously allowed us to use their results on the website. Additional photos can be seen in the office during your facelift consultation.
Dr. Mess is a board certified plastic surgeon and a member of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Facelift patients from Baltimore and Bethesda come to her Columbia practice because of her ability to provide a revitalized look that appears natural and youthful. Dr. Mess is dedicated to providing her Maryland facelift patients the results they desire and the care and safety they deserve. Please call (410) 910-2350 to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Sarah Mess today.
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