Dr. Fredric Newman in Darien, CT, is dedicated to educating patients and helping them to make informed decisions. Facelift surgery is complex and highly customizable, and taking the time to become familiar with the capabilities and variations of the procedure is key to achieving the results you want. This facelift FAQ provides a basic introduction to facelift surgery that can help you choose the right surgeon and ask important questions as you decide whether this procedure is right for you.
What are the different types of facelift procedures?
No two facelift procedures are the same, but there are two general types of lifts Dr. Newman performs. A full facelift can address the entire face and neck. It can restore definition to the cheekbones and jawline, and tightens tissues in the neck. A mini facelift, sometimes called a mid facelift, focuses on the cheekbones and jowls. In some cases, liposuction may be incorporated into the procedure to remove fat deposits under the chin. Both procedures can incorporate a brow lift and blepharoplasty for more comprehensive results.
You can prolong the results of your facelift by using sun protection, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and abstaining from tobacco use.
How is the procedure performed?
Your procedure will vary based on your unique needs and the type of facelift you undergo. Once you have been made comfortable with a light, safe level of general anesthesia, Dr. Newman will inject the area with local anesthesia. This approach minimizes the amount of general anesthesia necessary.
Next, he will carefully place incisions in predetermined locations. During a full facelift, he will create incisions in the hairline near the temples, continuing down the crease in front of the ear and extending behind the ear. Dr. Newman may also make a small incision beneath your chin in order to properly address your neck. Through these incisions, he will remove excess tissue, tighten the underlying muscles and other tissues, and reposition your skin for the most natural look.
Will I experience scarring?
There will be some scarring after the procedure. However, Dr. Newman will carefully place all your incisions as discreetly as possible. He will also provide instructions for caring for your incision sites, such as protecting them from sunlight to help scars fade and remain as inconspicuous as possible.
Are there risks involved?
All surgeries involve a degree of risk, and a facelift is no exception. There is a risk of infection, nerve damage, and unsatisfactory results. However, you can minimize these risks by trusting your care to a board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Newman is board-certified and uses the most advanced technologies and surgical techniques to help prevent these issues and ensure your safety. He performs all surgeries in a private surgical suite that meets today's most stringent safety standards. Swelling and fluid retention can occur after the procedure, but these effects will fade over time. Dr. Newman provides detailed instructions and schedules follow-up visits to ensure a successful recovery.
How long will my recovery take?
Facelift surgery is an outpatient procedure, meaning you can return to your home or hotel the day of surgery. You will typically require ten days to two weeks of downtime before returning to work. Most activities and light exercise can be resumed about a month after your procedure, but you should wait until your surgeon determines that these actions are safe to resume. Patients are typically able to see the full results of a facelift three to six months after surgery, when the swelling and bruising have faded.
Are the results permanent?
While these results can be transformative, a facelift cannot stop the aging process. You will continue to look more rejuvenated than you would have otherwise, but it is important to understand that your refined features will continue to increase in laxity over the years. However, you can prolong the results of your facelift by using sun protection, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and abstaining from tobacco use.
Schedule a Consultation
If you want to learn more about how a facelift can benefit you, the next step is to schedule a consultation with an experienced surgeon. Contact us online or call us at (203) 872-5485 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Newman.