Facelift – Jacksonville Plastic Surgery
Rhytidectomy, referred to as a facelift, is performed at Jacksonville Plastic Surgery by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. John J. Obi. The facelift procedure is performed at our on on-site surgical facility, The Jacksonville Plastic Surgery Center, on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia with sedation and is usually completed within several hours. The Jacksonville Plastic Surgery Center is accredited by the prestigious American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF).
The decision to have a facelift is a very personal one and the most frequent factors in this decision are:
• to improve the most visible signs of aging in your face
• to correct deep creases between the nose and mouth
• to improve a slack and jowly jaw line
• to remove folds and fat deposits around your neck
Facelift surgery can enhance your appearance and self-confidence, in addition to making your face look younger and fresher. Rhytidectomy can be done alone or in conjunction with other facial surgery procedures such as a forehead lift, rhinoplasty or an eyelid lift. People find the facelift procedure to be a most rewarding and beneficial experience.
A facelift involves removing excess fat, tightening underlying muscles, and redraping the skin of your face and neck. Incisions usually begin above the hairline at the temples, extend in a natural line in front of the ear (or just inside the cartilage at the front of the ear), and continue behind the earlobe to the lower scalp. If the neck needs work, a small incision may also be made under the chin.
In general, the skin is separated from the fat and muscle below. Fat may be trimmed or suctioned from around the neck and chin to improve the contour. The underlying muscle and membrane are then tightened, the skin is pulled back and any excess is removed. Stitches secure the layers of tissue and the incisions. Metal clips may be used on the scalp.
There are risks involved with any surgical procedure and the specific risks and restrictions after surgery will be discussed in detail at your consultation. Generally it is recommended that patients avoid smoking and the ingestion of any medications (aspirin, Vitamin E, etc.) that may affect bleeding before any surgery is undertaken.
There are physical restrictions immediately following the surgery, and usually patients are able to return to work or school within ten days to two weeks.