As we all experience the natural process of aging, embracing it gracefully is entirely possible at the Plastic Surgery Group of Memphis!
Following a facelift by your PSG board-certified surgeon, your appearance retains your natural, unique essence, presenting a refreshed, more youthful version of yourself. View our Before and After galleries at the bottom of the page!
Why Choose a Facelift?
As we age the facial skin undergoes the effects of wear and tear, gravity, fluctuations in weight, and exposure to the sun. As we age, our face loses leading to sagging jaws, cheeks and other folds of skin on the face. The reduction in volume frequently contributes to a hollow appearance and a fatigued expression.
What is a Facelift?
A Facelift procedure, also known as a rhytidectomy, is the removal of surplus skin and the tightening of the remaining skin to achieve a more resilient and taut aesthetic. This method effectively reduces deep lines and wrinkles on the face, resulting in a naturally rejuvenated and youthful appearance that endures over an extended period.
Undergoing a facelift procedure is a way to reclaim smoother, less wrinkled skin, rejuvenating a rested, more youthful, and energized appearance while boosting confidence and self-esteem.
Am I a Candidate for a Facelift?
A Facelift is a good choice for many people looking to regain their confidence with a look on the outside that reflects how they feel on the inside. Ideal facelift candidates should:
- Healthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that impair healing
- Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic expectations
- Some level of elasticity to help it heal afterward and tighten once the facelift is complete
- Although facelifts can occur at any age, a facelift is most effective for patients 40 years old to 70 years old
Both men and women are turning to the Plastic Surgery Group of Memphis at the initial signs of facial aging. This proactive approach allows individuals to enjoy the benefits for a more extended period and achieve a subtler outcome. Some of the signs that a facelift can address include:
- Loose skin
- Deep wrinkles
- Loss of volume in the cheeks
- The appearance of jowls or drooping cheeks
- Sagging skin around the jaw and on the neck
- A tired or sad expression due to sagging skin around the eyelids and mouth
- The appearance of deep creases between the nose and mouth called nasolabial folds
What Can I Expect in for a Facelift Recovery?
Healthy recovery from a facelift procedure is critical. The incisions and swelling typically show rapid improvement, allowing patients to feel at ease being visible in public in less than two weeks after the surgery. By the two-week mark, many patients confidently return to work, and by three weeks post-operatively, they feel comfortable attending social gatherings. The results continue to enhance as swelling gradually diminishes, reaching complete resolution within several months.
Week One: During this initial week, you may experience the most discomfort as your incisions heal, and dressings are applied to your face. Swelling and potential bruising are common, and you'll be prescribed medication to manage pain. Adequate rest for a few days is essential.
Week 2: Swelling and bruises will noticeably diminish, but it's crucial to continue taking it easy and avoid lifting.
Weeks 3-4: Sutures are likely to be removed during this period, although the timing can vary based on the facelift type. You may feel some tightness due to reshaped skin and tissues. Visible results will emerge as swelling subsides, and you can gradually return to regular activities.
After the first month: Slight swelling may persist for up to six months to a year, but your results should be fully apparent. Scars will begin to fade, and you can resume your regular routine with a complete return to normalcy.