What You Need to Know About Facelift Plastic Surgery

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As people age, signs of aging become ever-more visible – particularly in the face.  An older face may sag, develop wrinkles, or capture fat pockets that create jowls or “turkey neck.”  Facelift plastic surgery is one potential way to correct for these signs of aging, but like all surgical procedures, it should not be undertaken without due consideration.

In this blog, we wanted to talk about facelift plastic surgery:  what it entails, who is a good candidate, and the risks involved.

What You Need to Know to Decide If A Facelift Is Right for You

In a facelift, a skilled plastic surgeon utilizes all their expertise to reverse the signs of aging in your face.  The exact methods used will depend on your own specific condition – every facelift is different, custom-made for the patient.  Wrinkles can be erased.  Fat can be removed.  The skin can be tightened.  Depending on the situation, a facelift may also involve a brow lift or reshaping the eyelids.

In short, the signs of aging can be undone, at least for a time.  Nothing can stop aging entirely.  A facelift simply covers up its most unappealing aspects.

Who Is A Good Candidate for Facelift Surgery?

Facelifts can be performed on a wide variety of patients.  In general, it is a possibility for any aging non-smokers who do not have any ailments or physical conditions which would inhibit healing.

It is important to remember that a facelift is a surgery, and there will be recovery time afterward.  The exact form of recovery will vary from patient to patient, but there will likely be bandages to change and you may have tubes in place to prevent fluid buildup.  Realistic expectations are critical: you won’t see the full results of your facelift plastic surgery for a few weeks after you’ve healed.

Are There Risks Associated with Facelifts?

As with all surgical procedures, there is always the possibility of unforeseen complications.  Your plastic surgeon should have detailed discussions with you about these complications prior to surgery, so you are fully informed of the risks involved.

Complications are rare, but could potentially include:

  • Numbness
  • Unwanted scarring
  • Hair loss at incision points
  • Infections
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Blood or other fluid buildup

Dr. O’Neill Offers Skilled Facelifts in Waco

If you are thinking about a facelift, get the facts from an experienced professional.  Contact Dr. O’Neill today for a consultation.