At Hattiesburg Clinic Plastic Surgery, our physicians offer a variety of facial surgical procedures, including facelifts. A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure to improve visible signs of aging in the face and neck, such as sagging in the mid-face, deep creases below the lower eyelids, or deep creases between the nose and mouth. A facelift can also repair fat that has fallen or is displaced, loss of muscle tone in the lower face that may create jowls, and loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw.
Our board-certified plastic surgeons have performed countless facelifts, working with both men and women. Patients who are interested in this procedure should call to set up a personal, one-on-one consultation to learn more about the benefits of the procedure.
How are facelifts performed?
Our facelifts typically take between two and five hours and are performed under general anesthesia. Unlike facelift procedures of the past, which just pulled on the skin, modern techniques work below the skin to tighten underlying muscles, as well as move, remove, or even add fat to the face as necessary.
To start the surgery, your surgeon will make small incisions at the temple and along the natural contour of the ear. Adjustments will then be made to the underlying muscles and fat to reshape the face and neck. Finally, any excess skin will be removed before draping it back over the face and closing the incisions with thin metal staples and nylon sutures.
Am I a good candidate for a facelift?
If you’re looking to rejuvenate sagging facial tissue on your face and neck, a rhytidectomy may be for you. Most people seeking this procedure are 50 years or older, although our office does work with younger facelift patients who want to combat premature signs of aging.
If a patient is unhappy with any of the following, he or she could benefit from a facelift:
- Sagging in the mid-face.
- Deep creases below the lower eyelids or running from the nose to the corner of the mouth.
- Loss of muscle tone in the lower part of the face, also known as “jowls”.
- Loose skin or excess fatty deposits below the jaw.
In addition, ideal facelift candidates have good skin tone and elasticity, which helps the skin move and stretch easily.
What kind of post-operative care can I expect with a facelift?
Following a facelift, patients may feel some mild discomfort and tightness of the skin. Your plastic surgeon can prescribe medication to manage any pain or discomfort. Intense swelling will subside after a few days, although the puffiness may last for up to two weeks. Patients are advised to sleep upright in bed and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling.
Stitches will be removed five to ten days following surgery, and are able to resume normal activity within three weeks. However, patients should avoid strenuous activity such as working out for at least six weeks.
What are the typical results of a facelift?
It is important for all interested patients to know that a facelift cannot stop the aging process. However, it can take years off of your face and give a more natural, youthful appearance.
How much does a facelift cost?
Facelift prices vary from patient to patient. We recommend setting up an appointment with any of our board-certified plastic surgeons to discuss all of your options. Our friendly and helpful staff is happy to set up your one-on-one consultation at a time that is most convenient for you. To book a consultation, please call 601-261-3690.
Hattiesburg Clinic Plastic Surgery offers plastic and reconstructive surgery to patients across Mississippi including Hattiesburg, Forrest County, Lamar County, Laurel, Meridian and the Pine Belt. Our board-certified plastic surgeons, Richard A. Pecunia, MD, FACS; Petra R. Schneider-Redden, MD, FACS; and William O. “Trey” Thomas, III, MD, FACS are committed to providing quality care.