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Facelift in North Carolina

Although many products and treatments claim to give you the effect of a facelift without surgery, experts know the only way to truly address the signs of aging in the lower face is with a facelift.

What Is a Facelift?

A facelift can help correct the following issues:

  • Sagging face or neck
  • Folds around the neck
  • Deep nasolabial folds
  • Sagging jowls

A facelift is one of the most frequently performed facial surgeries that can correct advanced aging, brought on either by time or exposure to the elements. The process, which uses advanced techniques, removes excess fat and tightens the underlying tissues, re-draping the skin of the lower face and neck to restore youth and vibrancy.

Patients who undergo a facelift appear more than 10 years younger on average, and they also frequently report an increase in their self-esteem and their quality of life.

Who Can Benefit?

In order to undergo a facelift, you should be between 40 and 60 years old, healthy, and a nonsmoker. If you have high blood pressure, blood clotting issues, or a tendency to form prominent scars, you should notify your doctor as these may lead to a surgical complication or a less-than-ideal result.

The Facelift Procedure

Before beginning your 2- to 3-hour procedure, you will be placed under a general anesthetic or a local anesthetic with sedation. While your procedure will be individualized, the most common incision starts above your temples, follows down in front of your ear and ends behind your earlobe.

Your plastic surgeon will take care to make the incisions where they will mostly be hidden by hair or in the natural contours of your face. Your plastic surgeon will then separate the fat and muscle from the skin and remove any excess. The skin will then be lifted and stitches will be used to close the incisions, which will be covered in a bandage.

Facelift Aftercare

During your 2- to 3-week recovery, you should expect some initial bruising, swelling, and numbness. Post-operative discomfort may be managed with medication. You should keep your head elevated and avoid activity.

Possible complications of a facelift include hematoma, nerve injury, infection, and delayed healing. If you are concerned about the risks of a facelift, please ask for more information during your consultation.

Learn More About the Facelift Procedure in Raleigh-Durham

Call us or send an email to learn more about the advanced facelift techniques performed by the plastic surgery team at the UNC Aesthetic, Laser & Burn Center.

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