Nothing rejuvenates the entire face like a facelift. If you’re seeing signs of aging, such as skin laxity and wrinkles, it may be time to consider a consultation with Dr. John Menard at Menard Plastic Surgery, serving residents in the Tuscaloosa area. Dr. Menard is one of the region’s most trusted and esteemed plastic surgeons and a diplomate of the American Academy of Plastic Surgery.
What is a Facelift?
A facelift is one of the most commonly known cosmetic surgery procedures. Medically known as a rhytidectomy, this surgery is intended to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and tighten the skin to produce a more youthful rejuvenated appearance. As we age, the skin around the face and neck can begin to sag and droop, causing jowls, wrinkles, and an older, tired look. A facelift can help correct these imperfections and reverse the hands of time cosmetically.
Mini Facelift Surgery
At Menard Plastic Surgery, we also offer patients a mini facelift, intended to target only the lower portion of the face. This is ideal for patients who wish for a less extensive procedure or whose problem area is the cheeks, jawline, or around the neck. Similar to its more involved brother, a mini facelift can help reduce skin laxity and give patients a tauter, more enhanced facial contour.
Who Can Undergo A Facelift Procedure?
Ideal candidates for cosmetic surgery procedures are adults in good general health who wish to improve the elasticity and overall appearance of their skin and facial structure. You must have realistic expectations and understand that everyone’s results will vary based on their unique biology, genetic history, and lifestyle. During your initial consultation with Dr. Menard, he will sit down with you to discuss whether you are eligible for a facelift procedure and which course of action may be best for you.
Why Consider A Facelift Procedure?
A facelift is typically recommended to patients who have experienced significant skin laxity, which can lead to the development of loose, flabby skin, sunken cheekbones, a double chin, or wrinkles within the face. Patients who undergo a facelift may benefit from:
- Smoother, tighter skin tissue and appearance
- A fuller, more voluminous facial contour
- Toned and defined jawline
- Reduced appearance of wrinkles or fine lines throughout the face
What Can I Expect Following A Facelift?
A facelift is a delicate surgery that is tailored to meet each patient’s unique aesthetic needs. A number of surgical techniques are available to help patients achieve their desired results. Depending on your unique needs, the procedure can take up to several hours for a full facelift and around one to two hours for a mini facelift. During your consultation, Dr. Menard will do an assessment to determine the best method to use and advise you of any necessary steps you should take to prepare for your upcoming surgery.
Recovery After A Facelift
After your procedure, you will need adequate rest and minimal activity to help expedite the healing process. You may need to take up to a week off from work or everyday commitments to help limit movement and stress. Some swelling or discomfort is common with surgical procedures, so Dr. Menard will recommend an oral medication to help alleviate minor pain. Over the next few weeks, you will begin to see the results of your facelift procedure.
If you’re ready to smooth out lines and wrinkles, lift sagging skin, and take years off your facial appearance with a facelift, contact Dr. John Menard today for a consultation at Menard Plastic Surgery, serving residents of the Tuscaloosa area.