Facelift is an intricate procedure that can significantly reduce the appearance of wrinkles, deep vertical lines and fine horizontal lines. A facelift can also enhance the jaw line and remove unsightly jowls. When performed by a talented plastic surgeon such as Dr. Perez-Gurri, this procedure can deliver notable results that look completely natural. Dr. Peres-Gurri’s goal is to help his Miami facelift patients look more rested, refreshed and rejuvenated, while avoiding the “pulled face” look. Read on to learn more about facelift surgery with Dr. Perez-Gurri.
As we age, some of the most visible signs of aging first appear in the face. These changes occur gradually. As tissues begin to lose their support and skin continues to lose its elasticity, noticeable signs of sagging begin to be noticed by patients. A rhytidectomy or facelift procedure is designed to rejuvenate and re-fresh the face. By refreshing the area of the neck, jowls, nasolabial creases (nose-cheek folds) and re-shaping the cheek and temporal regions we are able to essentially rejuvenate the area.
Please note that the facelift surgery is not meant to stop the process of aging. It can, however, create a more youthful appearance. Because facelift surgery has its limitations, you must be cognizant that we cannot state that facelift surgery will take 5, 10 or 15 years off your face. Suffice it to say that the goal should be a more refreshed and youthful look. Facelift is most commonly performed on individuals between the ages of 40 to 60. Men and women who undergo this procedure commonly combine it with other procedures such as eyelid surgery. During your facelift consultation, Dr. Perez-Gurri will help you determine whether you are a facelift Miami candidate, and whether you should combine this procedure with other treatments.
You will be allowed to go home after your facelift cosmetic surgery. Special surgical bandages will be applied to your face, and you will be instructed how long you will need to wear them. Most of our face lift patients need to wear the surgical dressings for the first 24-48 hours.
You will experience a feeling of tightness and discomfort in the first 24-48 hours. This is normal. Pain is infrequent following a rhytidectomy . However, pain medication will be provided for you and we suggest that all your post-operative medications be purchased prior to surgery. You should not be the person controlling the meds to avoid self-medication. At home, it is suggested that you rest. You will be asked to come to the office the next day. At this point some bandages may be removed.
We will need to see you within the week for suture removal. Most facelift plastic surgery patients require 14 days recovery before returning to work and/or driving a car unless your work requires strenuous activity in which case you may need 3 weeks. Exercise may be continued after 6 weeks. Always check with us. Household chores may be started within the second post-operative week. Every facelift cosmetic surgery patient is unique and will recuperate differently. If you feel great, don't over do it.
Although complications are not frequent and percentages will vary, you need to be aware that the following complications may occur:
KELOID OR HYPERTROPHIC SCARS, MOTOR &/OR SENSORY NERVE DYSFUNCTION ALOPECIA (loss of hair), HEMATOMA, CONTOUR IRREGULARITIES, HYPO OR HYPERPIGMENTED SCARS, DISTORTION, INFECTION, HEMATOMA, LOSS OF TISSUE
Some of these complications if severe enough, may delay recovery time, require further surgery for correction at additional costs and may involve other specialists within the medical field. Please be aware that smokers, diabetics and overweight individuals have a higher incidence of complications when compared to those who don’t smoke, have diabetes and/or are overweight. You should also note that patients undergoing combined procedures (i.e. Rhytidectomy and blepharoplasty) also have a higher complication rate than those undergoing a single cosmetic surgery procedure.
Please note that facelift is considered a refreshing, rejuvenating and enhancing procedure. It is not designed to completely stop the natural process of aging, nor is it meant to totally change someone's looks. We have found that one of the key factors in achieving patient satisfaction is realistic patient expectation. No guarantee will be given regarding how young you will look. The end point of this facelift surgical procedure is to make you look more rested, refreshed and rejuvenated. A suggestion will be made by Dr. Perez-Gurri based on his professional experience as to the procedure(s) best suited to achieve your aesthetic goals. He will take into consideration many factors, such as each Miami facelift patient’s skin elasticity, bone structure, age and overall health.
There seems to be an inverse relationship with expectation and satisfaction. That is, the higher the expectation for facelift cosmetic surgery, the lower the satisfaction. Body image is unique and what the patient frequently sees may not be what is seen by the surgeon. Therefore, it is important that you become keenly aware of your expectations for the procedure, know its limitations and fully discuss any concerns that you may have regarding the procedure with Dr. Perez-Gurri. We encourage questions about your facelift plastic surgery and have allowed ample time to answer them personally or with our literature and videotapes. Please realize that the results obtained through a rhytidectomy are not permanent. Gravity continues to have an effect on the tissues and the aging process and laxity of tissues continue at the same rate as before. Every patient is different and will have a unique experience.
Does smoking affect my results?
Yes. Multiple studies have been done that show that smoking has an adverse effect on tissues and often times will delay healing. We ask that you stop smoking for 2-3 weeks prior to your surgery. Although this will not prevent all complications of healing, it will more probably than not improve pulmonary function.
How long does the facelift cosmetic surgery procedure take to perform?
It will vary from 3-5 hours depending on how many procedures are performed in conjunction with the rhytidectomy.
Are my facelift results permanent?
No. The normal processes of aging & gravity that cause continued laxity of the tissues eventually lead the tissues to sag again. There is no sure way of predicting how long this process takes in any particular individual. On average, rhytidectomy results may last 5-7 years.
Will I be very swollen and bruised?
Probably. Every patient will be different. However, most patients will experience significant swelling and moderate bruising following their facelift. Do not be frightened. Swelling usually reaches its peak during the first 48-72 hours.
Dr. Perez-Gurri encourages you to schedule your facelift surgery appointment today by contacting his offices at (305) 596-2228 or email him at email@example.com. During your consultation, Dr. Perez-Gurri will listen to your aesthetic concerns and desires, evaluate your facial tissues, and recommend the most appropriate treatments. He and his team understand that most patients feel apprehensive about undergoing surgery, which is why they will be with you every step of the way.
As a highly experienced plastic surgeon Miami patients turn to regarding advanced facial rejuvenation and beautification procedures, Dr. Perez-Gurri offers a wealth of treatments. Some of the individuals who seek his help more often include Miami eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty and chin augmentation patients. In addition, Dr. Perez-Gurri is a highly experienced Miami ear surgery provider who has helped many adults and children achieve a more proportionate ear appearance.
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