A facelift or rhytidectomy is a cosmetic surgical procedure that creates a more youthful appearance in the lower face and neck areas. As people age, gravity causes sagging to appear in the cheeks, along and below the jawline, and in the neck. Facelifts reduce that sagging by lifting the fascia layer beneath the skin. Because the fascia is attached to the skin, a facelift will smooth loose and hanging skin in the neck and lower face.

Facelifts are one of the most common cosmetic surgical procedures carried out by Dr. Robert Langdon and his professional team at The Langdon Center. On this page, you’ll find out more about the recovery process after facelift and will learn how long your facelift results can be expected to last.

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Facelift Results and Longevity

A =facelift is not a permanent solution to the body’s aging process, but it can produce remarkable improvements in the appearance of aging in the lower face and neck and the results can last a considerable amount of time. In Dr. Langdon’s 20+ years of experience with this surgery,  facelift results typically last around ten years. Because there is no escaping gravity, face and neck tissues will eventually sag again over the years. Although most people are “good for life” after their facelift, some patients will opt to undergo a second facelift in the future as they age.

There are some ways to ensure a facelift lasts as long as possible. Examples include maintaining a healthy weight, eating a balanced diet, and exercising regularly, and minimizing sun exposure.

Facelift Recovery

The time required to complete a facelift varies, but typically the procedure gets completed in about to four to five hours. After the facelift surgery is complete, you’ll most likely experience mild to moderate pain, some swelling and bruising, and numbness.

In the first few hours after surgery, some patients may experience drainage of small amounts of anesthetic solution from the incisions. Post-surgical drains are not necessary Each incision has dissolvable sutures as well as surface sutures that are removed after one week. To deal with the pain, Dr. Robert Langdon or a member of his team will prescribe you pain medication.

Dr. Langdon’s team will also provide you with instructions on when to remove any dressings and to make follow-up appointments.

Most patients find they can resume work and light daily activities within one week after their surgery. Anything strenuous, such as vigorous exercise, should only be done two or more weeks after the procedure.

When the swelling goes down on your face, you should notice the difference in how you look. Keep in mind that a full recovery from a surgical facelift procedure may take two months or longer.

At The Langdon Center for Laser & Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Langdon uses the ExpresS-Lift minimal-incision facelift method. Doing so ensures a quicker recovery time from surgery, with bruising minimized and most swelling typically resolved after just 7-10 days.

During the recovery process, you should ensure that you moisturize your face each day and protect it from the sun.

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Facelift Benefits

One of the downsides to the body’s natural aging process is that the skin around the cheeks and jowls (lower jawline) can noticeably sag. A facelift aims to reduce that sagging and can also eradicate excess fat around the neck.

Facelifts also improve a patient’s self-confidence by giving them a more youthful appearance.

Am I a Candidate for a Facelift?

People are typically good candidates for facelifts if they are experiencing sagging skin on their cheeks, jowls, and/or neck, and have excess fat around their necks. Facelifts should be avoided by people in poor health.

To achieve the best results from a facelift, it makes sense to undergo the procedure during middle-age. However, facelift procedures can safely be performed on patients in older age groups.

“Dr Langdon was very accommodating around my surgery of an express face lift, addressing any concerns with a personal phone call or having me come in. It has been a month so I am still a bit swollen but I am pleased so far with the results.” *

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Take the Next Step

If you have further questions about facelift we encourage you to schedule a consultation at The Langdon Center in Guilford, CT. Call us at 203-453-8625 or fill out our convenient online contact form.