What is a Facelift?
A facelift, also known as Rhytidectomy, is the gold standard procedure for patients that are seeking the ultimate facial rejuvenation. It can effectively turn back the hands of time for a more youthful appearance. Facelifts have evolved significantly in the past 25 years. From a surgical point of view, techniques have advanced allowing for long lasting results that still maintain a natural aesthetic. There are many benefits to having a facelift. The primary benefit of a facelift is the addressing the laxity of skin. As we age, our skin loses its firmness and elasticity. There is also volume loss in the form of fat descent and fat absorption over time. This results in the development of with jowls along the jawline.A facelift surgically addresses the lower portion of the face improving mainly the cheeks and the nasolabial folds. A neck lift is most commonly performed at the same time in order to achieve a well-balanced facial rejuvenation for a cleaner chin and jawline definition. Often times, earlobes are also rejuvenated with earlobe reduction or repair for those experiencing aging or sagginess due to earring “wear and tear”. This surgical procedure is performed in an operating room typically under general anesthesia and may take between 4 to 6 hours to complete. Dr.Sunder employs various facelift techniques, such as a SMAS facelift technique or a deep plane technique, to achieve the most natural looking result for each patient. Facial muscles are pulled taut, the tissues are adjusted and the skin is smoothed out to reveal a younger, refreshed face. A Facelift does not restore volume into the face. If desired, fat transfer or fat augmentation procedure may be added to replenish volume that has been lost over time. Dr. Sarmela Sunder’s impressive accolades and training in the nation’s finest institutions have allowed her to become an acclaimed expert in the field.
Who is the Ideal Candidate for a Facelift?
The ideal candidate is a patient seeing signs of aging. The typical patient is 45 years old and above and wishes to improve his or her appearance.
How Much Does a Facelift Cost?
Cost varies greatly depending on specific anatomy and the complexity of the procedure. Each individual needs to be evaluated in order to determine the amount of work that will be involved. As a result, we encourage patients to call and come in for a consultation to determine cost.
Recovery from a Facelift
Facelift patients can expect to recover within 2 to 3 weeks. Patients are seen post-operatively many time in stages for suture removal and incision evaluation. Dr. Sunder typically encourages a specific supplement regimen to aid in postoperative healing and recovery. Bruising and swelling is to be expected, most of which subside within 2 weeks.
Is there Discomfort from a Facelift?
The vast majority of patients do not find facial surgery to be painful. Most of our patients only need to take prescription strength pain medication for 48 hours before transitioning to acetaminophen for pain control.
Will a Facelift leave a Scar?
A facelift incision is strategically placed in the hairline at the temporal tuft, preserving the sideburn. It then continues downward to be eventally hidden in the ear. The lower part of the incision continues around in front of the earlobe and back up behind the ear, into the hairline. During recovery, we ask patients to clean incisions lines twice a day and keep it moist with antibiotic ointment. When fully healed, the incision results in a barely perceptible scar. Dr. Sunder prides herself in being sensitive to that outcome.