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​What Exactly Does a Facelift Do?

Over the years, facelift surgery has changed dramatically. Plastic surgeons used to tighten skin during facelifts, making faces look unnatural and stretched. Thankfully, we now have much better techniques to rejuvenate your face with a facelift.

Facelifts dramatically change your face to look younger and healthier with only subtle changes. That’s why they are so popular. In fact, facelifts were the 5th most popular surgical cosmetic procedures in 2013, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Today, we’re here to help you understand what they are and why they are so popular.

What is the Facelift Procedure Like?

Because of everyone’s unique desires and faces, the facelift procedure is almost always different for each patient. Surgeons also have somewhat different techniques when it comes to facelifts, depending on their expertise, experience and preference.

Instead of tightening the skin and creating an unnatural look, your surgeon relocates deeper tissues to create a younger-looking face. He then drapes the skin over the repositioned tissues so that it’s tension-free and smooth. After you’re done with your facelift, you should recognize a much younger version of your face in the mirror.

Typically, a facelift takes a few hours to complete. Surgery can take place in a surgeon’s office-based facility, a hospital or an outpatient surgery center. While you’re in surgery, you’ll most likely be put under general anesthesia, or a combination of local anesthesia and sedation. This way, you’ll experience very little discomfort.

What Does a Facelift Improve?

By now, you probably understand that a facelift can make you look dramatically younger. But what exactly does it change to create this more youthful appearance? Let’s take a look at the visible signs of aging that facelifts improve, with information from ASPS.

Facelifts improve:

  • Deep creases below your lower eyelids
  • Jowls caused by loss of skin tone in the lower part of your face
  • Sagging skin in the middle of your face
  • Fallen fat or loss of volume in the face
  • Double chins caused by loose skin and fatty deposits under your chin and jaw, rather than double chins caused by excessive weight
  • Deep creases found along your nose that run to the corner of your mouth

What is Facelift Recovery Like?

After your face is refreshed and rejuvenated with your facelift, your face will need some recovery time. After your surgery, you can choose to stay home or stay overnight in the hospital–whichever you find more comfortable. Most of the time, you can return to your normal activities 10 days to 2 weeks after your surgery with a fully rejuvenated face. It’s unlikely that you’ll experience pain after a facelift, but we will prescribe medication to you to ensure that you have a comfortable recovery.

In just a few hours, you can get the face of your youth back with a facelift. Contact The Baltimore Center for Plastic Surgery today to inquire about how a facelift might be able to help you!

Founded and directed by Johns Hopkins faculty Dr. Randolph Capone, the Baltimore Center is a premier plastic surgery practice dedicated exclusively to providing state of the art care for individuals desiring body enhancement, rejuvenation, or repair. The Baltimore Center for Plastic Surgery was founded for one purpose: to combat the signs of aging and deformity.

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