A facelift or rhytidectomy improves loose, sagging facial skin, smooths lines and wrinkles, and makes the neck area slimmer and more contoured. A facelift offers dramatic improvements in the appearance of your face and neck, but before the procedure, Dr. Schalit and his team must determine whether you will make a good candidate. 

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What is a Facelift?

A facelift can make people look years younger, removing lines and wrinkles while lifting away the appearance of sagging skin around the cheeks and jaw. Because Dr. Schalit performs a neck lift with his facelifts, you will also see an improved contour of the neck and jaw with tighter skin and less fat around the neck. Facelifts also work well combined with procedures such as brow lifts or eyelid lifts.  

How Does a Facelift Work?

To perform your facelift procedure, Dr. Schalit will make small incisions hidden in the hairline or around the ears. We perform this procedure under local anesthesia with IV sedation, reducing the risks that full general anesthesia involves. The incisions allow Dr. Schalit to lift and rearrange the skin and underlying muscle and fat. The procedure also involves the removal of loose skin, which smooths lines and wrinkles while tightening the facial features. 

Am I a Good Candidate for a Facelift?

Ideal candidates for a facelift have sagging skin and other signs of aging, and they would like their faces to look younger and fuller. Candidates for a facelift should not have serious health problems and should discuss all medications with Dr. Schalit during their consultation. Candidates will also need to quit smoking since this will impair healing

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What are the Benefits of a Facelift?

One significant benefit of a facelift is how long it lasts. Facelifts can last many years before the effects of time and gravity gradually affect your results. Many people choose to have more than one facelift to keep their youthful-looking results lasting even longer. 

Facelifts also offer impressive results with almost invisible scars. Older techniques may have used larger incisions, but today’s facelifts use a series of small, hidden incisions to lift and remove loose skin while leaving you looking naturally refreshed and younger. 

In addition, looking up to ten years younger can provide people with a boost of confidence. This confidence can help people pursue new opportunities, feel less self-conscious in social situations, and stop worrying about people judging their age based on their sagging skin and wrinkles. 

What is Recovery Like From a Facelift?

You can expect your recovery to take several weeks, with most of the discomfort and swelling occurring in the first few days. You should follow the instructions provided on how to care for yourself in the days after your surgery. You will initially have bandages or dressings to protect your healing incisions. Most people can return to work in one to two weeks. Results of surgery continue to develop over the following six months. 

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If you have further questions about getting a facelift, we encourage you to schedule a private consultation with us in Daytona Beach, Florida, today. Call us at (386) 252-6438 or fill out our convenient online contact form.