Face lift surgery is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia or under local anesthesia with sedation. Dr. Schleicher makes incisions within the hairline above the ear, extending down around the ear lobe and ending in or below the hairline behind the ear. Once the incision is made, the subcutaneous layers and neck muscles are tightened, the facial skin is lifted, re-draped and any excess skin is removed.
You will be sent home with your head and neck wrapped in dressings, which are usually removed the next day. You may have minimal discomfort that is easily controlled with oral medication. Your sutures are generally removed within 14 days and you can expect bruising and swelling to decrease within 10 to 20 days. You can expect to return to work in approximately 2 weeks and to see your final result in about 6 months.
Deciding if face lift surgery is right for you and the specific risks involved can only be determined after a consultation with Dr. Schleicher . All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally, while major complications are unusual. If you're interested in more information on a face lift or would like to know if you are a good candidate for the procedure, please schedule a free consultation by calling our office at 804-282-4940.
A face lift is considered cosmetic surgery and not covered by health insurance. The patient is responsible for payment.