Answers to Your Commonly Asked Questions about Traditional Facelift Surgery

Answers to Your Commonly Asked Questions about Traditional Facelift SurgeryWho is a good candidate for a traditional facelift?
Individuals with excess, sagging skin around the face and neck are those who most often seek facelift surgery. A facelift can help reduce the signs of aging like deep wrinkles around the mouth and nose, forehead lines, and sagging skin of the neck or jowls. Dr. John LeRoy can discuss your candidacy for a full facelift during a plastic surgery consultation. Those with who are in good health, have good skin elasticity, well-defined bone structure, and realistic expectations are ideal candidates.

For those who aren’t as far along in the aging process, but would still like to revitalize small areas of concern may be candidates for a Band Aid Mini Facelift. This minimally invasive procedure helps to rejuvenate the appearance and reduce signs of aging for those who may not want to undergo the more extensive traditional facelift procedure.

How long is the recovery time after a facelift?
Patients who undergo a traditional facelift are generally able to return to work within two weeks of surgery. The swelling and bruising associated with the surgery may take up to three weeks to fade. Exercise and other strenuous activity should be avoided for at least two weeks, or until you are cleared by Dr. John LeRoy. The Band Aid Facelift requires much less recovery time because it is performed in-office using local anesthesia and requires smaller and fewer incisions.

After a facelift, Dr. John LeRoy often recommends patients put the final touches on their enhanced profiles with Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing. The laser resurfacing procedure uses DOT Laser Therapy to increase collagen production which can help reduce the appearance of sun damage, wrinkles, and facial scarring during the facelift healing process.

What areas does a facelift help?
A full facelift can help reverse signs of aging in the neck, jowls, as well as the middle and upper regions of the face. The process involves removing excess skin and tissue, tightening the underlying muscles, and tightening the remaining skin. It can eliminate sagging jowls and deep creases.

I’ve heard of a brow lift. Is there a facelift procedure for just the bottom area of the face?
A brow lift or upper facelift rejuvenates the appearance of furrowed brows and wrinkles around the eyes. During this procedure, incisions are hidden strategically along the hairline and excess skin is trimmed and lifted to reduce the lines and creases that show age.

The lower facelift works to reduce the excess, hanging skin around the jaw or neck. Dr. LeRoy uses Band Aid Facelift techniques to tighten underlying muscles and sagging skin on the lower third of the face. The procedure helps mainly to reduce the sagging skin caused by the effects of age and gravity.