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Face

Various surgical procedures can improve drooping skin in the face, eyelids and neck.

Facelift

A facelift is a surgical procedure that repositions skin and tissue to smooth out wrinkles and sagging.

How Does a Facelift Work?

Depending on the degree of change you would like to see, your facelift choices include: 

  • Traditional facelift, which your surgeon performs by making an incision that runs in front of and behind the ear. Both the skin and underlying tissue are tightened, and excess skin and fat from the lower face and neck are removed. A second incision under the chin may be necessary to further improve an aging neck. Sutures or skin adhesives close the incisions. Traditional facelift surgery takes about four hours and several weeks for recovery.
  • Limited incision facelift, which your surgeon performs using shorter incisions at the temples, around the ear and sometime near the lower eyelids or under the upper lip.

What Can I Expect During and After the Procedure?

Your physician will provide you with detailed information about your procedure, but in general:

  • You will either be given general anesthesia or a sedative through an intravenous line and local anesthesia to numb your skin.
  • The procedure may last up to several hours.
  • If you've had general anesthesia, you'll awake in a recovery room and remain there anywhere from a few hours to overnight, depending on the extent of the surgery.
  • Post-surgery bruising and swelling lasting two to three weeks is typical following facelift surgery. You may also experience tightness, numbness and swelling for several weeks.
  • Most people can return to their normal activities two to three weeks after a facelift.
  • It may take several months for swelling to fully subside and up to six months for incision lines to heal.

Your surgeon may prescribe medication to relieve pain and antibiotics to reduce infection.

Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

This procedure removes excess fat and tissue from the eyelids to correct conditions of aging such as sagging eyebrows, droopy eyelids and bags under the eyes.

How Does Eyelid Surgery Work?

Eyelid surgery can involve the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both eyelids. If you have surgery on your upper and lower eyelids, the surgeon generally works on your upper lids first.

Upper eyelid surgery involves the placement of incisions in the natural crease of the upper lid, making them well hidden when the eyes are open. The excess skin and protruding fat are removed and the incision is closed.

On the lower lid, the surgeon makes a cut just below the lashes in your eye's natural crease or inside the lower lid. Excess skin in the lower eyelid is removed through this incision. The lower eyelids may also be tightened in addition to removing skin or fat. Once the surgeon removes or redistributes excess fat, muscle and sagging skin, the cut is closed.

What Can I Expect During and After the Procedure?

Your physician will provide you with detailed information about your procedure, but in general:

  • Your surgeon will inject numbing medication into your eyelids and administer intravenous medication to help you relax. In some cases, general anesthesia will be used, which means you will be asleep during surgery.
  • The procedure usually takes between one and two hours and is usually done on an outpatient basis.
  • After surgery you may temporarily experience blurred vision, watering eyes, light sensitivity, puffy numb eyelids and some pain.
  • After you go home, be sure to gently clean your eyelids, use prescribed eye drops or ointments and apply cool compresses to reduce swelling.
  • If you use contact lenses, don't put them in for about two weeks after surgery.
  • Wear darkly tinted sunglasses to protect the skin of your eyelids from sun and wind.
  • Sleep with your head raised higher than your chest for a few days.
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