Facelift surgery is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures. If you have significant wrinkles and/or sagging skin on the face and neck, a facelift can tighten the skin and help you look considerably younger. Drs. Perrotta and Pellegrino have performed countless successful face lifts with minimal and discreet incisions. Each surgery is individualized based on your needs and goals.
Drs. Perrotta and Pellegrino have developed a friendly and sensitive process for preparing you for your facelift. Your consultation is important because you and your plastic surgeon must be “on the same page” regarding the results you want. This is why Dr. Perrotta or Dr. Pellegrino will devote as much time as necessary to discuss your individual goals and needs with you.
Dr. Pellegrino or Dr. Perrotta performs a focused physical examination to provide preliminary recommendations and determine whether you would benefit more from a mini facelift or whether a neck lift might be recommended. Once he determines his surgical plan, our aesthetic coordinator will produce a written quote which lists all costs of your proposed surgery so that there are no surprises. At that time, an appointment is set for your pre-op visit.
Much is covered during your pre-op visit. First, one of our highly trained medical assistants will take pre-op photos. Next, your surgeon will explain the surgical technique to you and thoroughly inform you as to what you can expect, including any potential complications. All procedures involve risks, but major complications from face lifts are rare.
Dr. Perrotta or Dr. Pellegrino will then obtain a more complete medical history from you and perform a final pre-op physical examination, including a check of your vital functions to ensure that you are physically fit for surgery. Prior to releasing you from your pre-op visit, your doctor and our staff will give you detailed instructions for the time leading up to your surgery, as well as for the time immediately following it.
Drs. Perrotta and Pellegrino perform facelifts with local anesthesia and sedation or general anesthesia. In most cases, the main incisions are made within the hairline above the ear, extending down around the lobe and ending in or below the hairline behind the ear. Some patients require hairline incisions, and some also require an incision under the chin. The skin is then elevated so that it can be redraped and lifted, as excess skin is removed. Sagging facial and neck muscles are also tightened. A soft, bulky dressing is applied to the incisions after surgery.
You should be able to go home the day of surgery with your head and neck wrapped in bulky dressings, which are usually removed the next day during your first post-op doctor visit. Any initial discomfort is easily controlled with oral pain medication. Sutures in front of the hairline are removed within 3-5 days after surgery, and sutures and staples behind the hairline are removed 1-3 weeks after surgery.
Bruising and swelling decrease to “socially acceptable” levels in 10-20 days. The final result of your face lift is evident in 4-6 weeks or sooner, with continued improvement for several months.
After your procedure, you will follow up with us several times so that we can monitor your healing. To maintain the results of your face lift for as long as possible, we recommend a sound skin care program, periodic chemical peels, and/or Fraxel laser treatments.
We are grateful to our patients for granting us the privilege of posting their before and after photos on our website. While we greatly value their privacy, we also salute their eagerness to share their life-changing results with other individuals considering plastic surgery. Every patient on this website has enthusiastically provided his or her written consent for us to show the world his or her results.
Contact us today for a Face Lift consultation.