The facelift is a cosmetic procedure that counteracts the effects of aging and sun exposure by tightening the skin around the face and neck. The procedure leaves little visible scarring and smoothes wrinkles and pockets of droopiness. The facelift procedure targets the lower half of the face, specifically: the cheeks, mouth, and jawline. Other facial plastic surgery procedures such as blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), brow lift , and neck lift smooth skin on other areas of the face. Those who will experience the greatest success through the facelift procedure have good general health, do not smoke, and have elasticity in their skin.
During the facelift procedure excess fat and tissue may be removed. Atlanta facelift surgeon Dr. John LeRoy will work to hide most scarring within the creases of the face, ears or along the patient’s hairline.
After facelift surgery in Atlanta, a patient can expect to feel slight discomfort for a few days. Bandages may be used to minimize swelling after facelift surgery. Recovery typically takes up to two weeks for most patients. While the time it takes to notice full results varies from patient to patient, it is generally agreed that the facelift procedure lifts as much as 10 years from a patient’s face.
Because the aging process does not stop, results are not permanent. However, patients who have had the procedure generally continue to look younger than their age for many years after their facelift.
Patient Story – “When I reached 65, I looked in the mirror and I saw a different face that I did not have before. I said to myself, I am going to give myself a birthday present. I am going to have my face done.”
Frequently Asked Questions about Facelifts
What if I only need a smaller portion of my face improved?
For patients who are seeking an especially natural-looking and discrete appearance, the Band Aid Facelift, developed and performed exclusively by Dr. LeRoy since 1997, can be performed in-office with gentle numbing. The results of a Band Aid Facelift are less comprehensive than those of a traditional facelift, but the minimally-invasive Band Aid procedure requires less recovery time.
Am I a good candidate for facelift surgery?
The best candidates for a facelift procedure are those who are unsatisfied with the effect that aging has had on their facial appearance. Patients should also have realistic expectations for their facelift results and be committed to following pre- and post-surgical care instructions closely.
How can I help my facelift results last longer?
While a facelift can take years off a patient’s appearance, it does not stop the aging process, so other procedures and treatments that minimize the effects of aging will help facelift patients maintain their rejuvenated look. Non-surgical procedures like Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing and Band Aid Skin Tightening can help patients maintain a younger appearance as they enjoy their facelift results.
If you live in Atlanta and are interested in facelift surgery, contact Dr. John LeRoy, a facelift surgeon in Atlanta, to schedule a consultation appointment and discuss your surgical options.