Facelift surgery (cheek/neck lift) restores a youthful, natural appearance. When a person has a facelift, the results include:
- Returning fullness to the cheeks
- Lifting of the jowls
- Smoothing the neck
Mid-facial implants or fat grafting might be suggested to further enhance the procedure if indicated.
What is done during Facelift Surgery?
Some surgeons simply pull the facial skin tighter which can result in an “operated” or “wind tunnel” appearance. Dr. Perkins feels it is important to lift and support the deep tissues so the skin tightening doesn’t need to be the main component of lift. By doing this patients should never have a stretched appearance and the deeper support will add longevity to the result. Incisions are hidden in the natural creases around the ears and in the hair (the hair does not need to be shaved).
Does Facelift Surgery Require General Anesthesia?
No, it does not. Many people are surprised to hear that general anesthesia is not needed for facelift surgery. Instead, we use a combination of oral, IV and local anesthesia to provide relaxation and control any discomfort. And with this technique patients usually have little or no pain, so Tylenol or ibuprofen is all that is needed during recovery. A light elastic dressing is used for the first 4-5 days and most patients return to work in 8-10 days.
Interested in restoring your youthful appearance?
Schedule a Facelift consultation with Dr. Perkins at the Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara, CA, by calling (805) 563-0000.