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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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.