A facelift is a surgical procedure that effectively eliminates the presence of sagging and wrinkled facial skin. In most instances, a facelift gives the person’s face an invigorated and youthful appearance. Often times, a facelift is performed along with a forehead lift, neck lift, and in some cases, nose reshaping.
Reasons Why People Obtain Facelifts
As a person gets older, their facial skin has a tendency to sag and become wrinkled. To counteract the effects of the aging process, some people decide to obtain a facelift. However, it is important to note that other lifestyle factors can contribute to sagging skin. Some of the lifestyle choices that contribute to premature wrinkles and skin sagging include smoking, obesity, drug abuse, and poor diets. Even people that are in optimum physical condition can experience sagging and wrinkles due to genetics. A facelift will dramatically reduce the visible signs of aging in an overwhelming majority of patients.
How is a Facelift Performed?
Most facelift procedures in Grand Rapids are performed when the patient is sedated by local anesthesia or general anesthesia. The surgeon will make an incision near the hairline that extends to the lower scalp. During a facelift, the surgeon may also remove any excess fat from underneath the skin. Any loose skin will be tightened to reduce any sagging that is present. The surgeon will complete the facelift procedure by using small sutures to close the incision.
Some of the potential risks involved in a facelift procedure include bleeding, infection, and minor nerve damage. There is also a potential risk for excess fluid to build up under the skin. Some people may experience an unevenness of the face. Dr. Dodde will answer any questions you may have and discuss the potential risks involved during your consultation.