When the facial skin loses its elasticity during the course of life, wrinkles and jowls form, deep creases develop between the mouth and nose, and bands around the neck can be seen. In order to smooth out those facial lines, during a facelift Dr. Geppert will tighten the skin and the subcutaneous connective tissue of the face. The patient’s features will regain their definition and the face will look fresher and younger.
Facelifting is usually performed under general anesthesia. The incision is placed in front of and around the ear enabling Dr. Geppert to detach the skin from the underlying tissue. The exposed fatty and muscular tissue can be gently tightened and the excess skin removed. The facelift could be performed in conjunction with other facial rejuvenation procedures, such as, forehead lift, nose reshaping, eyelid surgery and neck lift.
The bandages around the patient’s head and neck are removed the day after facelifting surgery at which point the patient may also shower and wash her hair. The usual swelling and discoloration of the face disappears after a few days. Most sutures are removed in one week. If the skin initially feels rather insensitive or tight, the symptoms usually disappear within a few weeks. Rarely, and mostly in heavy smokers, the wound may become infected or the blood flow may be impaired, delaying wound healing.
The patient would be able to return to work in two weeks or earlier if covered with make-up. Depending on the skin type, a facelift will last 6 to 10 years. After that, repeat face-lifting is possible. Dr. Geppert performs a meticulous skin closure, avoids over-tightening the skin, and strives to achieve a natural and graceful facelift. When combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures the facelift results in a more harmonious, fresh, and youthful look.