Face Lift Procedures in Austin
Over the last decade or more, face lift procedures have increased significantly and grown in popularity in Austin and throughout the nation. Individuals desire to remove signs of aging such as wrinkles, loose skin, and deep lines and a face lift can address these concerns.
Your Initial Face Lift Surgery Consultation
If you are considering a face lift, the first step is to have a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons here at Wellspring Plastic Surgery in Austin to evaluate whether a face lift surgery is appropriate for you. Your doctor will review a number of factors, including your bone structure, hairline, skin elasticity, wrinkles, medical history, and family history. It is important to let your doctor know about any current medical problems you have as well as any medications you are taking. Certain medications may produce unwanted reactions to a face lift procedure.
Your Face Lift Options
You may consider different types of face lifts which vary by placement, size, and quality of incisions. All face lifts follow the same general procedure. First local anesthesia is administered. If the procedure is more severe in nature, a stronger anesthesia may be used. Incisions are generally made behind and in front of the ear winding up of the natural crease of the skin. Sometimes incisions may reach to the scalp. Face lifts conducted on men will have the incisions land on the natural hair lines.
The Face Lift Surgery
Within an actual face lift procedure, the deep layers of the skin are worked on. The plastic surgeon will usually separate the muscle from the skin, lifting and/or trimming what is necessary, drape the skin again, and finally suture and or staple the skin in place.
Often medication will be prescribed during the recovery period due to mild discomfort associated with the swelling of the facial areas and eyelids. Face lift recovery time is typically seven weeks. After two weeks, the swelling and bruising will subside which allows for a certain amount of social activity – usually with family and personal friends. Generally, it is recommended to have a face lift done no sooner than three months prior to a major event.
Regardless of the skill set of your surgeon, eventually gravity will take hold and produce the sagging effects of aging again. Many times individuals have a secondary face lift surgery to revisit sagging skin and/or target areas not addressed in the original face lift procedure.
If you are considering a face lift procedure and you live in Austin or the surrounding area, contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our top plastic surgeons.