Oral and Facial Surgery of the Shoals  
Oral and Facial Surgeery of the Shoals





A facelift (technically known as rhytidectomy) can improve the most visible signs of aging by removing excess fat, tightening underlying muscles, and redraping the skin of your face and neck. A facelift can be done alone, or in conjunction with other procedures such as a forehead lift, or eyelid surgery. It will make you look younger, and fresher.

The best candidate for a facelift is a man or woman whose face and neck have begun to sag, but whose skin still has some elasticity and whose bone structure is strong and well-defined. Most patients are in their forties to sixties, but facelifts can be done successfully on people in their seventies and eighties.

Facelifts are individualized procedures. In your initial consultation, the surgeon will evaluate your face including the skin and underlying bone, and discuss the goals for surgery. Most facelifts are performed under local anesthesia, combined with an IV sedative to make you drowsy. You will be relaxed and your face will be insensitive to pain. However, you may feel some tugging. A facelift usually takes several hours.

After surgery, there usually isn't significant discomfort. Pain medicine will be prescribed and use as needed. Some numbness of the skin is quite normal; it will disappear in a few weeks or months. You will need to keep your head elevated and as still as possible for a couple of days after surgery, to keep the swelling down. Bandages are removed after 1-5 days. Don't be surprised at the pale, bruised, puffy face you see. Just keep in mind that a few weeks you'll be looking great!

You should be up and about in 2 days, but plan on taking it easy for the first week after surgery. Get plenty of rest and allow your body to spend its energy on healing. Your face may look and feel strange in the beginning, it may be swollen and some bruising will occur. By the third week, you'll look and feel much better. Most patients are back to work about 10 days to 2 weeks after surgery.


Please call the office (383-1499) for any questions or arrange for your complimentary consultation.