As we reach 40 or 50, our faces begin to give us away when it comes to our age. Cheeks sag, neck skin becomes loose, and ever deeper lines form around the mouth which can make us look much older than we feel.
A facelift, in which the tissues of the face are surgically repositioned to their proper, youthful place, can help to rejuvenate a tired, aged appearance. Dr. Hall takes care to place incisions in locations that are not noticeable after they have healed for all of his Knoxville facelift patients.
Is “Lift” even the right word?
As we learn more about facial aging, the concept of the faceLIFT is evolving. In the past, the tissues of the face were lifted and secured in place with heavy stitches underneath the skin. This procedure resulted in good initial results, but with time, these patients developed the characteristic “windswept” appearance (as if they are standing in a wind-tunnel). These overdone, over-operated faces still happen today – you don’t have to look much farther than your favorite tabloid to see examples of celebrities who have had this type of procedure done.
If “Lift” isn’t the right word, then what is?
To answer this question, we need to define what the problem is. While the skin of the cheeks and neck have sagged with time and need to be repositioned, simply elevating them doesn’t really address the underlying problem.
As we all age, we lose VOLUME in our face – we lose bone mass (particularly at the jawline and around the eyes), and we lose fatty tissue (unfortunate – since we seem to gain fatty tissue in other places it wasn’t!).
Ideally, then, the best procedure for comprehensive facial rejuvenation is a combination of repositioning the drooping skin and restoring the volume that has been lost with time. Dr. Hall does this using a combination of a conservative surgical “lift” and the use of fat grafting in key areas of the face. This allows for a natural restoration of your youthful appearance and avoids the “over-operated” look common with other facelift procedures.
Am I a Candidate for a Facelift?
You may be a Knoxville facelift candidate if you are healthy, don’t’ smoke, and you have:
- “Sagging” cheeks
- A “tired” appearance around the lower eyelids and cheeks
- Lost the definition of your jawline
- Loose skin on your neck
- Deep folds around your mouth (the “parentheses” lines)
Knoxville Facelift by Dr. Hall: The Procedure
A facelift is performed in an outpatient surgery center, and is done under either sedation or general anesthesia. Surgery length and the type of anesthesia you will have will depend on what different procedures you and Dr. Hall decide are right for you. You will usually go home the day of the procedure and will apply cooling packs to minimize swelling and discomfort.
Recovery from your Facelift Procedure
Over the course of the first week after surgery, swelling of the face significantly decreases. Sutures are typically removed 5 days after surgery. Small drain tubes that were placed in the operating room are usually removed the next day. Because of the swelling, most people take a week or two off from work following a facelift.
What Does A Facelift Cost?
The cost for a facelift will vary depending on how much skin needs to be removed and whether any other procedures are done at the same time. Typically, the total cost for a facelift ranges between $9,400 and $10,850. For more information on what is included in the total cost of the procedure, please see the Plastic Surgery Pricing page.
If you have any questions about either surgical or non-surgical facial rejuvenation or would like to meet with Dr. Hall to discuss your options, call 865.973.9500 or use our contact form and request an appointment. For out of town patients, feel free to request an online consult via Skype.