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Facelift

Trying to maintain a youthful facial appearance or even trying to turn back the hands of time a bit seems like such an appealing thought to most of us. Facelift surgery, however, often sounds like such a daunting procedure. Most patients are wary of looking “operated on” and would rather just appear more rested and natural. The good news is that this is precisely the philosophy at Wake Plastic Surgery and such results can be obtained.

Why choose Wake Plastic Surgery?

Our surgeons use several facelift techniques based on the specific needs of each patient. But with all facelifts, we utilize tumescent solution at the beginning of the surgery. We have found that the tumescent solution (instead of just dilute local anesthesia) has been the single biggest advancement in facelift surgery in our practice. The large volume of tumescent fluid serves to dramatically reduce the amount of bleeding seen during the surgery as well as increasing the thickness of the SMAS layer which used to be difficult to separate from the underlying facial structures. Because of the tumescent solution technique, the surgery takes much less time to complete and the recovery is dramatically less with most patients seeing little if any bruising after 1 week.

Our Facelift Results

What areas of the face are improved with the procedure?

How difficult is the recovery?

There is surprisingly minimal pain associated with facelift surgery. There used to be notable bruising and swelling for almost all patients, but with the newly utilized tumescent solution technique, most patients actually see little if any bruising after the first week.  Most patients are very presentable in public after just the first week, but the end results are not seen for up to 3 months.

How long do the results last?

Face and neck lift results are variable from patient to patient. We tell our patients that the procedure will reverse the clock, but it does not stop the clock. If someone appears to be 10 years younger after their facelift, it will probably take about 10 years to return to the starting appearance.

Can I get good results with a “quick lift”, “thread lift”, “lifestyle lift”, or “lunchtime lift” ?

Not all facelifts are the same. This is such an important fact that everyone needs to understand. If the procedure that catches your interest is advertised on an infomercial that suggests that it can be completed on your lunchtime break, you probably need to keep looking for a better answer. There are very predictable and constant changes that happen to each of us as we age. And there is a natural and predictable way to treat those aging patterns, but it does involve a significant surgical procedure with real risks and real down time… but with very effective results.

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