Rejuvenating your face by with the rhytidectomy, or facelift, is a wonderful way to regain that youthful appearance with a lasting improvement. Thanks to a combination of innovative techniques and expert skill, tightening the skin and underlying tissues of the face in a facelift eliminates jowls to provide a smooth contour to the cheeks, jaw line, and neck.
Remember, this procedure treats the lower third of the face and neck. If you desire an eyelid lift or blepharoplasty, a midface lift, or a brow lift, simply click on the links provided. If you desire a nonsurgical liquid facelift, or perhaps are a candidate for the mini-facelift, please visit those pages for more information.
The first step towards addressing your cosmetic concerns is to have an in-depth consultation with Dr. Jen Chow at the Chow Center for Facial Plastic Surgery. This will provide you with the opportunity to review your aesthetic goals with the facial plastic surgeon himself. Additional before and after photos will be available for you to view, and you will receive an information packet that will describe much of what you discuss in greater detail. This will allow you to review the information at your leisure after your consultation.
When you have scheduled your facelift, you will have the opportunity to ask Dr. Chow any additional questions you may have regarding the procedure. You will also be provided written instructions regarding what you should do before and after surgery. These will be reviewed with you so that you are completely comfortable about the procedure. Foods, supplements, and even vitamins that may thin the blood should be avoided. Aspirin, ibuprofen, Aleve, and other over the counter non-steroidal inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) should be avoided as well.
If you color your hair, you may choose to do so at least a week prior to your surgery. You should avoid hair dyes for several weeks after the procedure, depending on your type of surgery, in order to maximize safe healing afterwards.
Dr. Chow performs almost all of his facelifts at a fully accredited surgical facility. The procedure may also be performed in the office when appropriate. Should you decide you prefer to have anesthesia during the procedure, it will be done in an accredited outpatient surgical facility and a 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 in order 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.