As the face begins to age, the skin loses its elasticity and strength and begins to sag. Gravity takes its toll on the underlying structures of the face, including the muscle and fat, resulting in further sagging and pronounced aging changes. Drooping of the jowls and the skin under the chin becomes apparent, as well as muscle banding in the neck. These aging changes can be corrected or improved with a surgical procedure known as a facelift, or rhytidectomy, at the Scottsdale, Arizona practice of Dr. Ronald Caniglia.
Facelift surgery is designed to re-suspend sagging muscles, reposition and re-contour the underlying fatty tissues, and remove excess skin of both the cheeks and neck in order to rejuvenate the facial appearance. To learn more about facelift surgery, or to schedule a consultation, contact our Scottsdale practice today.
Facelifts may be performed on men and women of various ages, though most patients are in their mid to late forties to early fifties. Provided one is in good health, this procedure can safely be performed into the late eighties. The best candidates for facelift surgery are individuals with:
For those who are lacking good skin tone or strong bony features, additional procedures can be added to the facelift procedure to address these aging changes.
Most facelift procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and may take anywhere from 1.5 to 2 hours to complete. Additional time is necessary if the facelift is combined with eyelid surgery, a forehead lift, laser resurfacing, or other enhancing procedures.
The recovery time for facelift surgery has been dramatically decreased due to the use of Tisseel, or natural tissue glue. Most sutures dissolve on their own, and the few surgical clips used in the hairline are removed after one week. Some patients are out and about as early as one week and most within ten days. Nearly all patients are back to work and most normal activities within two weeks and some as early as seven to ten days after surgery. Dr. Caniglia advises patients to wait two weeks before resuming their normal workout routine.
As with any procedure, there are risks. However, if a facelift is performed in the hands of a very skilled facelift surgeon, like Dr. Caniglia, these risks are greatly minimized. Some complications such as hematoma or blood under the skin, infection, and skin loss or nerve paralysis are extremely rare. Dr. Caniglia has been performing facelift procedures for over 20 years and he has the necessary training and experience to provide you with a beautiful facelift result.
If you are interested in achieving a gorgeous, youthful facial appearance, contact our Scottsdale plastic surgery center for more information about facelift surgery.