The surgical team here at Twin City Plastic Surgery is committed to providing each patient with the best facelift in Bloomington, IL. A facelift is a surgical procedure that aims to treat sagging, wrinkled, and drooping skin on the face and/or the neck. This procedure may be done alone or in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures such as a forehead lift and nose reshaping, to achieve better results.
Who Could Benefit From A Facelift?
An individual will benefit more from a facelift if aging has made his or her face saggy and wrinkled; stress could also be a factor in the formation of folds in the neck and deep creases between the mouth and the nose. A facelift repairs the visible signs of aging, giving the patient a more refreshed and younger-looking appearance.
What Is A Facelift?
No one can stop the march of time and its effects on our facial skin. Because of that, just about anyone over the age of 45 could benefit from a facelift of some sort. Our cold winters and hot Illinois summers virtually guarantee most of us have lots of aging on our faces. Generally, a facelift, clinically known as rhytidectomy, rejuvenates the mid-to-lower face and neck.
Candidates For Facelift Surgery In Bloomington, IL
If you can relate to these characteristics on your face, a facelift with one of our three board-certified Twin City plastic surgeons could be a good option:
- You have mid-face sagging
- You have deep creases under your eyes
- You have deep nasolabial folds
- Jowls have formed on your jawline
- You have fatty, sagging areas just below your cheekbones
- You have loose skin, wrinkles, vertical cords, and fatty tissue on your neck
What Areas Can A Facelift Help Correct?
Facelifts target the mid-to-lower face along with the jawline and the upper neck. Both the jawline and neck are a part of just about any method of facelift, although a pure neck lift can be added for more extensive focus on advanced sagging and banding.
The Facelift Procedure At Twin City Plastic Surgery
Every facelift will be slightly different since each face is contoured individually. However, before any facelift procedure, one of our board-certified plastic surgeons at Twin City Plastic Surgery serving Bloomington, Champaign, Springfield, Peoria, and Decatur, IL, will evaluate and assess the consistency of the patient’s skin as he or she explains the entire process. The patient may be given certain pre-procedure instructions that have to be complied several weeks before surgery to achieve the best possible results.
Before the surgery starts, the patient may be put under local anesthesia and sedation to promote comfort throughout the procedure. A traditional facelift involves making an incision from the temple to around the hairline. An incision may also be made under one’s chin to tighten the skin around the neck. Liposuction may also be done to trim down excess fat around the treated areas, giving the face a much sleeker look.
After incisions are made, the doctor will pull the skin back up and remove unnecessary skin using laser or a knife. The cuts are then closed using sutures, stitches, or tissue glue.
How Long Does Facelift Surgery Take?
Just as everyone’s face is unique, at Twin City Plastic Surgery we look at every surgical procedure as unique. Facelifts are especially that way, as no two people have the same sagging in the same areas. That’s why there are myriad facelift techniques our three surgeons utilize. Due to the possible differences, from a full facelift to a limited-incision facelift, these procedures can take from two to four hours.
How Long Will The Results Of My Facelift Last?
A facelift at Twin City Plastic Surgery creates permanent changes. Any excess skin that is trimmed is gone for good. Muscles that are brought back up to their former higher position won’t droop to the same degree ever again.
It’s generally considered that facelifts usually provide excellent results for five to 10 years. But any sagging and aging that occurs during that time will begin from a younger starting place. Your facial aging will never again be the same as it was prior to your facelift. To keep up with the aging process, some of our patients opt to have a mini facelift or mid-facelift in 5-10 years.
After the procedure, a drainage tube may be placed under the patient’s skin, and the head may be loosely wrapped in bandages to alleviate swelling and bruising. In case of any discomfort, pain medications can be taken as prescribed by the doctor. Numbness around the treated area is normal and will fade in about a few weeks to a month.
Can Facelift Surgery Be Combined With Other Procedures?
Despite their name, facelifts do not address the eyes and the brows. Those areas involving the upper third of the face have different musculature. So, to create more overall rejuvenation, patients sometimes opt to combine their facelift with either eyelid surgery or a brow lift. These are effective complementary procedures.
Will People be Able to See My Facelift Scars?
Our surgeons work hard to effectively hide the incisions of their facelifts. In most cases, the incisions are well hidden in the hairline and behind the ears. Initially your scars will be pink and you’ll think they are shouting at people to look at them. But in just a few months they will gradually turn white and become far less noticeable.
Risks Of Facelift Surgery
Facelift surgery is one of the original cosmetic procedures. Over that time methods have evolved. Modern facelifts are safe, satisfying procedures. Of course, all of the risks that accompany any surgery apply to facelift surgery, but there are some specific potential side effects:
- Injury to the nerves that control facial muscles (usually temporary)
- Numbness or tingling around the incision areas (temporary)
- Hair loss at the incision sites</li
- Skin discoloration (rare but can continue for several months)
- Skin healing issues (more common with smokers)
As you can see, these complications are usually only temporary. The facial skin and underlying support tissues have extensive vascular support, and they heal quite well. You’ll love your younger, refreshed look after a facelift at Twin City Plastic Surgery.
Schedule A Facelift Consultation in Bloomington, IL
Get a Facelift at Twin City Plastic Surgery proudly serving patients from Bloomington, Champaign, Springfield, Peoria, and Decatur, IL. Call (309) 662-6772 or fill out a Contact Form here to schedule an appointment.