You may be candidate for face lift (rhytidectomy) if you have experienced a loss of skin elasticity and muscle tone of the face and neck. A face lift may also be desirable if you have the appearance of jowls and deep creases between the base of the nose and the corners of the mouth, developed facial and neck wrinkles. A face lift may also be helpful if you believe you lack
youthful chin and neck contours and/or feel you have a tired facial appearance.
A face lift is intended to give the patient a more rested and youthful contour to the face and neck. The operation is done on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia with sedation, or under general anesthesia. The patient goes home with head and neck wrapped in dressings, which are usually removed the next day. Minimal initial discomfort is easily controlled with oral medication. Sutures are removed within 14 days. Bruising and swelling decrease to "socially acceptable" levels in 10-20 days. The final result of a face lift procedure is evident in 4-6 weeks or sooner, with continued improvement for several months.
A face lift is considered cosmetic and therefore is not covered by insurance. The specific risks and the suitability of facelift (rhytidectomy) procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual.
Dr. Carl does a 2-layered lift that rotates the skin superiorly. This lift does not give a "wind blown" look. It's a natural result that lasts years.