If you have moderate to severe wrinkles and sagging skin to the lower ⅓ of the face and jowls, you may be considering a facelift. Also known as rhytidectomy, a facelift can tighten your facial and neck muscles, remove any excess skin, and make you look years younger. If you have a demanding career, you may be wondering when you can return to work after a facelift. Keep reading to find out.
What Happens During a Facelift?
Facelift surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia in a few hours. To leave you with a natural appearance, Dr. Schalit tightens and lifts the deepest layers of your face without putting any tension on your skin.
This strategy helps avoid a “pulled back” look and makes the scars less noticeable. Dr. Schalit will close the incisions once he has elevated your facial tissues to their ideal position and remove any additional skin.
It’s important to understand that if you undergo a facelift, your skin will continue to age. However, you can expect to maintain the refreshed, young look for many years afterward.
Recovering From a Facelift
The first few days after the procedure, Dr. Schalit will encourage you to relax and make sure you keep your head a bit elevated. Although you may experience a bit of swelling and bruising throughout the treatment area, this will subside within a week. Bruising usually takes about two weeks to completely fade.
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Simply fill out the form on this page, and one of our highly trained staff members at Dr. Schalit Cosmetic Facial Specialist will reach out to your promptly to schedule your appointment.
If your job does not require vigorous physical activity, you’ll likely be able to return to work after about two weeks. You’ll require more time off work if your job is physically demanding.
Good Candidates for a Facelift
If you are bothered by severe wrinkles and sagging skin, you may be a good candidate for a facelift. You should be in good general health, a non-smoker, avoid sun exposure, and have a reasonable expectation for the outcome of the surgery.
While most patients who undergo a facelift are in their 40s, 50s, and 60s, facelifts can also be a good option if you are in your 70s or 80s. Dr. Schalit can inform you of whether you’re a good candidate for this procedure.
Dr. Schalit came highly recommended by several friends. It was easy to make an appointment for a consultation. The first thing i noticed when I arrived at his office was how everyone looked great and completely natural. Dr. Schalit put me at ease immediately. We discussed what I wanted to accomplish, I ask his opinion and went with his suggestions. He is absolutely the best!! I had excess fat and skin removed from my upper and lower eyelids, a lip lift, mid face lift, mini rhytidectomy, and full face micro laser peel. I feel amazed every time I look in the mirror. I have never had an upper lip…I love my new lip…along with the way he turned back the clock.:) My neck does not sag and my jowls are gone. He doesn’t only do the surgery he walks through the entire healing process with you. His nurse and everyone on staff really cares and are only a phone call away. The best compliment I have received was when my mother said, you look like yourself only much younger. I plan to continue following Dr. Schalit’s recommendations for maintaining the work he has done on my face as I know he cares about his patients and has their best interest at heart.
Take the Next Step
If you have further questions about a facelift or the recovery process, 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.