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Giving your face a more youthful look
A face lift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure designed to remove excess fat, tighten muscles and redrape the skin of your face and neck, giving you a more youthful look.
Most face-lift patients are in their 40s, 50s and 60s, but Augusta Plastic Surgery can also perform the procedure on men and women in their 70s and 80s. You may be a good candidate if you have a strong, well-defined bone structure and if your skin still has some elasticity.
What does a face-lift involve?
Where the incisions are made depends on your facial structure, but they usually start above the hairline at your temples, continue down in front of your ear and curve up behind your earlobe and to your lower scalp. If a necklift is part of the procedure, a small incision is usually made under your chin.
Once an incision is made, your surgeon will trim or suction the fat below the skin, tighten the muscle and membrane, then pull the skin back in place and remove the excess. The surgeon will close the incisions with stitches and may use metal clips on your scalp.
The surgery takes several hours to perform–longer if done in conjunction with other procedures.
What should I expect after my face-lift?
The discomfort after the surgery is usually minor and can be treated with prescribed pain medication. You should be ready for minimal activity in a day or two, but avoid strenuous activity the first two weeks after surgery. After about 10 to 14 days, though, you should be able to return to work.
Your bandages, if you have them, should be removed within a week, as should most of your stitches. You will probably experience some numbness of the skin for a few weeks or months, but that will disappear. There will be some scars, but these are usually concealed by your hair and will fade with time until nearly invisible.
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Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery of the face, breast, body and hand provided by Dr. Randolph R. Smith and Dr. Christopher J. Ewart at Augusta Plastic Surgery. Proudly serving the CSRA and surrounding areas including Augusta, GA , North Augusta, SC, Evans, GA, Martinez, GA, Grovetown, GA Aiken, SC and Columbia, SC