a board-certified board-certified anesthesiologist will be on hand to take care of you.
You will be given specific instructions leading up to your procedure. Some helpful tips for the day of surgery include: avoiding clothing that must be pulled over the head (zippered or buttoned shirts are recommended), leaving jewelry and valuables at home, and keeping the face and hair free of makeup and hair sprays or gels, respectively.
Once you have arrived at the facility, Dr. Chow will mark your face for the procedure and use hair bands (when appropriate) to preserve the hair and keep it away from the facelift field. He does not need to shave any hair to provide excellent results.
The incision lines for a facelift may vary, depending on your unique aesthetic concerns. You will have every opportunity to discuss where these will be made. In general, these are well hidden and once healed, very difficult to see. In addition, you will have tightening not only of the skin but also of the underlying tissues, allowing you to have longer-lasting, more complete results.
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After the Procedure
Most patients have only mild to moderate discomfort after the procedure. Many require only over-the-counter Tylenol. Swelling is generally very modest and is reduced by a dressing placed on the day of surgery that is then removed the following day. You will be seen the day after surgery, and sutures are removed as early as five days after surgery.
You may resume light activities (such as office work) a week after surgery. There may be residual swelling and some sutures that still need to be removed at that time. However, most such sutures are difficult to see, as they are well hidden. If you have bruising, it may be covered with makeup or clothing (turtlenecks, scarves) at this time.
You should avoid strenuous activity, such as heavy lifting, running, etc., in the first week to two weeks after your procedure. Moderate physical activities may be performed after two weeks, and nearly all usual daily activities can be resumed after three weeks.
How Much Does Facelift Pasadena Cost?
The overall cost of this procedure is affected by anesthesia fees, hospital fees, post-surgery garments, and medications. Price is also impacted by medical tests, surgeon’s fees, and the exact techniques employed.
What is a Facelift?
In medical terms, the procedure referred to as a rhytidectomy by facial plastic surgeons rejuvenates the lower face by removing excess fat, tightening the neck muscles and underlying tissues of the lower face, and removing drooping skin. This procedure can be combined with multiple other procedures, such as the temporal lift, the endoscopic brow lift, the midface lift, upper and lower eyelid surgeries, and chin implants, among others. For those with early or very minor changes due to aging, the mini-facelift may be a viable option. Should you desire non-surgical options, the liquid facelift may be the choice for you.
Who is a candidate for the Facelift?
There are many different versions of this procedure, and certainly, your general health plays a role. In general, those who are best suited for this procedure are seeking to regain the more youthful, vibrant, and uplifting look they remember having, thereby matching their outer appearance to how they truly feel. Having appropriate expectations and undergoing a thorough evaluation by Dr. Chow is essential to determine if a facelift is right for you.
What are some alternatives to the Facelift?
As noted above, early changes in aging may be addressed by the mini-facelift or the nonsurgical liquid facelift. The best way to determine which option is appropriate for you is to visit the Chow Center and discuss your cosmetic concerns with Dr. Jen Chow personally.
What is not addressed by the Facelift?
The traditional facelift is for the neck and lower third of the face. The middle third of the face, just beneath the eyes, may not change significantly, and certainly, the forehead and brow are not affected by the traditional facelift. Other procedures, including the endoscopic brow lift and the midface lift, which are often performed at the same time as the facelift, can rejuvenate these areas.
What type of anesthesia is used? Do I need general anesthesia for the facelift?
No, the facelift can be performed under local anesthesia, in which the procedure is done while the patient is awake but comfortably numbed to minimize discomfort. That said, most patients choose to have “twilight” sedation or even general anesthesia.
Where is the facelift performed?
It can be done in the office if no anesthesia is used or in a qualified and fully accredited outpatient surgery center.
How long does the facelift take?
The length of time needed to fully address your face varies depending on the exact procedure(s) performed by Dr. Chow. In general, men have larger faces than women, and may therefore take slightly longer. For the average, uncomplicated facelift, operative time is usually around three hours.
Will the facelift hurt afterward?
Most patients say that the facelift is uncomfortable rather than painful. You will be provided with prescription pain medication, but many do not need to use narcotics after surgery.
Where are the incisions made for the facelift?
Beginning beneath the temporal tuft of hair (or sideburns for men), the incision wraps around the natural curves of the ear before extending into the hairline behind the ear. Because these incisions fall naturally between two separate components of the face, they are generally very well concealed.
How long will recovery take?
Most patients are presentable about ten days after surgery. Any swelling and/or bruising that may still be present at this time can be covered with makeup or clothing (collared shirts, turtlenecks, scarves, etc.). Most sutures are removed within the first week after surgery, and surgical tape (steri-strips) may be used to minimize the chance of widening scars. Your hair and ears will cover most of the incisions, keeping them well hidden while they heal. Incision lines will initially be pink, then fade as they continue to heal.
How old do I have to be before having a facelift? Is there an age when I am too old for a facelift?
Although the majority of patients are between forty years of age through their sixties, a facelift can be performed on any adult when appropriate given the aesthetic changes that have taken place in the face and the general health of the patient.
Schedule a Facelift Pasadena Consultation
If you have any questions about Facelift Pasadena in Arcadia CA or would like to book a consultation with Dr. Chow, please contact Chow Center today. Our skilled team can help you get the sculpted body you have always desired.
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