A s 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 facelift patients.
In addition to aging, a number of other factors can contribute to making the facial skin look aged and worn. These can include a gradual thinning of the skin, damage from exposure to the sun, damage from smoking, the effects of stress, the impact of pollution on the skin, and weight loss, among other factors. Through the facelift process, several telltale signs of aging can be dealt with by Dr. Hall, including:
As we learn more about facial aging, the concept of the “facelift” is evolving. In the past, the skin of the face was 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), as well as thickened, wide scars.
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 deep plane facelift procedure done.
You may be a facelift candidate if you are healthy, don’t’ smoke, and you have:
In addition, it is great if you have a generally positive outlook and harbor realistic expectations from the surgery. People who have medical conditions that slow down or impair healing might not be good candidates for a facelift.
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 didn’t exist before!).
Ideally, then, the best procedure for comprehensive facial rejuvenation is a combination of repositioning the drooping skin and sagging facial muscles 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.
When you schedule a consultation at Trillium Plastic Surgery with Dr. Hall, the main aim is for him to understand what you expect from the surgery and discuss with you the ways to reach those goals realistically.
As an integral part of this process, you should be prepared to discuss your medical history, as well as any previous facial surgery and non-invasive treatments. It is very helpful if you can bring a photograph of yourself (preferably not smiling) from your early 30’s to help Dr. Hall better understand how your face has changed over time and what realistic goals for your surgery are.
During this consultation for facelift Knoxville plastic surgeon, Dr. Hall will also evaluate the status of your health with a special focus on risk factors and pre-existing conditions. He would examine your face, take measurements, and photograph your face for analysis. He would then discuss your options in detail, talk about the likely outcomes and risks involved with the procedure, and discuss the details of the procedure itself, including the type of anesthesia to be used and the recovery process.
Before your procedure, there is a certain amount of preparation involved. You might be asked by Dr. Hall to take certain medications or make adjustments to any medication you might be taking currently. There might also be a need for certain lab tests and diagnostics.
If you are a smoker, Dr. Hall asks that you stop smoking before the surgery. You might also be asked to use certain topical skin products before the surgery and stop taking NSAIDs (like Aspirin) for a period of time.
A facelift is performed in an outpatient surgery center and is typically done under 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 go home the day of the procedure and will apply cooling packs to minimize swelling and discomfort.
O ver the course of the first week after surgery, the swelling of the face is the main complaint of most Knoxville facelift patients. Sutures in the hidden incisions are typically removed 5-7 days after surgery, and makeup can typically be worn the day following suture removal. Small drain tubes that were placed in the operating room are usually removed the second day after surgery. Because of the swelling, most people take a week or two off from work following a facelift.
While you would be able to resume work quickly, it is important to remember that it can take up to three months for the results of the procedure to show up completely, and you will notice small changes over the course of the first 6-12 months after surgery.
Leading a healthy lifestyle, paying close attention to our postoperative care instructions, and using sun protection on a daily basis can help expedite the results. Dr. Hall and the staff at Trillium Plastic Surgery would provide you clear instructions that can help you recover quickly. See our Step by Step – Facelift Recovery guide for more information.
Additional Information concerning facelift recovery:
Follow one of our Trillium patients through each step of their recovery journey.
Actual Trillium facelift patient showcasing typical facelift results. Actual results may vary.
T he 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. The total cost can include, apart from surgeon’s fees, additional costs like facility costs, fees for anesthesia, prescriptions for medicine, medical tests and evaluations, and garments and postoperative care items.
A detailed breakdown of these costs would be provided during your consultation with us. You can also receive an estimate using our on-line pricing tool, Care Credit. This can be utilized at our clinic or by clicking here.
If you have any questions about either surgical or non-surgical facial rejuvenation or would like to meet with Knoxville plastic surgeon, 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.
Cosmetic surgery is different than any other area of medicine today, and no more so than when it comes to the topic of finances. Use our custom pricing tool to get an estimate today.
In order to help defray some of the costs of surgery and make it more available, we offer financing for cosmetic surgery through Care Credit. You can apply for this service either in our office or through their website online.