What is a Facelift?
Dr. Rhee performs three different types of facelift procedures.
This is a two hour procedure that is done on an outpatient basis. The procedure is performed to correct lower face drooping at the jaw line and improve jowls.
This is a two hour procedure that is performed to re-lift mid-face drooping in the cheek area, as a result of aging and the effects of gravity.
The full-facelift is a three to four hour procedure that is performed to soften deep creases between the nose and mouth, jowls, and loose neck skin by redraping the skin of your face and neck. Individual circumstances determine if the full-facelift is done as an inpatient or outpatient.
What possible side effects can I expect?
Hematoma (collection of blood under the skin) is one side effect that is common.
What does recovery entail?
You will waken from general anesthesia with a pressure dressing covering your head and portions of your face. The pressure dressing will be removed and replaced with a soft comfortable wrap.
Activity: Rest quietly in bed or in a reclining chair with your head elevated for the first 24-48 hours. Unnecessary activity will encourage swelling, bruising, and discomfort. Avoid strenuous activity for 2 weeks following surgery. Wound complications, such as bleeding, are more likely when vigorous activity precedes complete healing.
Wound Care: For the first 10 days after facelift surgery it is very important not to disturbe the surgical site. Avoid all make-up, moisturizers, or sunscreens until your surgeon approves their use. After bathing, apply antibiotic ointment with cotton swabs to the sutures.