Facelifts are becoming more common. The key to getting a facelift is to go in with the right set of expectations.Different facelift procedures involve different recovery times, are appropriate for different faces, and have different effects which last for different times.
The most thorough of all facelifts in Charlotte, NC is the deep plane facelift. In this procedure, the surgeon makes an incision under the chin, elevates the skin and deeper tissues of the midface and lower face and lifts the fatty tissues in the neck area. In some cases, the backs of the submandibular glands (two salivary glands in the cheeks) need to be shaved.
A deep plane facelift should make you look much younger, should create a natural appearance and should last for many years. But it may take up to two weeks before you can go back to your usual activity, and a few weeks more before the swelling goes down and your face is fully healed. While your face is healing, you should avoid smoking and drinking and get lots of rest while trying to keep your head elevated.
Minitucks, SMAS lifts and weekend facelifts
The deep plane minituck is like the deep plane facelift, but less thorough and with a quicker recovery. It can be used in cases of loose skin around the midface, neck and near the mouth, with less fat around the jowls. The SMAS (superficial muscluoaponeurotic system) lift is also less extensive, but sometimes creates an unnatural “wind tunnel” effect.
The “weekend facelift” is one that can be performed under sedation rather than general anesthesia, and the patient recovers in a few days — hence the name. The thing to remember is that the effect is also much less significant and long-lasting. This is best suited to those who are still relatively young or have already had a deep plane facelift.
Dr. Sean Freeman is the best facial plastic surgeon in Charlotte. He has done only facial plastic surgery since 1988 and has been certified by two different surgery boards, the American Board of Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He’s also developed and trademarked a procedure called the SignatureLift, a variation of the traditional lift which is well suited to younger patients or to those who have already had face lifts or need relatively minor work. Unlike a deep plane face lift, it can be performed under sedation rather than general anesthesia, with much less bruising and swelling and a much shorter recovery time.Most patients can return to normal activity after only a few days. If you live in or near Charlotte and are interested in a facelift, schedule your appointment or online consultation today.