Great cosmetic surgery requires a sense of proportion and balance combined with training and experience to achieve a beautiful and natural looking result, but the hands of time can be pushed back with a facelift. A facelift is a process that restores a more vibrant, youthful appearance, and with the knowledge of a skilled surgeon and the eye of an artist, Dr. Carvajal, has performed countless facelifts during his career, and he can help you counteract the effects of gravity and time and restore the beauty you remember from years gone.
The staff and team were very encouraging and pleasant to deal with. Thank you so much for your kind and caring concerns. This made the whole experience very pleasant. Dr. Carvajal was great and the whole team from the front desk to the Post Op care.
When should I consider a facelift?
There is no specific age or reason to get a facelift; however, on average, a person considering a facelift has deep creases and wrinkling, has lost skin resiliency and firmness, has excess skin around the chin and jawline, has lost facial tone and volume, or always looks tired. Early in life, the face produces plenty of collagen and elastin, which are the two proteins that gives the skin a youthful appearance. However, over time the natural production of the two proteins diminishes leaving facial skin loose and droopy. During your facelift, Dr. Carvajal will remove excess skin and tighten what remains, which will leave you with a refreshed, youthful appearance.
Who is a good candidate for a facelift?
Prior to your facelift, Dr. Carvajal will perform a complete physical examination. He will review your blood pressure, your ability to blood clot, the medications you take, whether or not you are a cigarette smoker, your drug use history, your allergies, and your overall skin condition. It is important to remember that living a healthy lifestyle, which includes a balanced diet and getting sufficient exercise, will help maintain the effects of facelift surgery. Dr. Carvajal will explain what the surgery will involve, he will discuss the type of anesthesia to be used, your recovery period, and any potential complications that could develop.
What can I expect during/after surgery?
Facelift surgery is usually done as an outpatient procedure. You will receive sedatives or general anesthesia, and the procedure usually takes from 2-5 hours. The person undergoing a facelift normally goes home on the same day after their surgery. Upon completion of your facelift, Dr. Carvajal may bandage your face to minimize swelling and bruising, and small tubes may be present for a brief period of time to draw off any type of fluid drainage. Dr. Carvajal will give you specific instructions on how to care for your surgical site, medications to take, and when to follow up with him. Full recovery usually takes about two weeks. Vigorous activity can usually be resumed approximately four weeks after your face lift.
What are some questions I should ask Dr. Carvajal prior to my facelift?
Am I healthy enough to undergo a facelift? Will I go home the day of my surgery? Will I have bandages after my surgery? What medications will I be taking? Will I have drains? When will my drains and bandages be removed? When can I wash my face? When will my stitches be removed? How long will I be out of work? When can I begin wearing makeup again? When can I begin walking/running again?