“Set back the clock” on your face.”
As people age, the effects of gravity, exposure to the sun, and the stresses of daily life can be read on their faces. Deep creases form between the nose and mouth; the jawline grows slack and jowly; folds and fat deposits appear around the neck. Regardless of how young and refreshed an individual may feel, these effects can leave tell-tale signs of facial aging.
Roxanne J. Guy, M.D., F.A.C.S., owner and founder of Brevard Plastic Surgery & Skin Treatment Center in Melbourne, Florida, offers facelift surgery to help alleviate these features. When visiting our office, you may anticipate excellent patient care and a sensitive, comfortable environment. A facelift (technically known as rhytidectomy) can reduce the most visible signs of aging by removing excess fat, tightening underlying muscles, and redraping the skin of your face and neck. A facelift can be done alone, or in conjunction with other procedures such as a forehead lift, eyelid surgery, or nose reshaping.
"Set back the clock on your face."
Facelift surgery ("rhytidectomy") is designed to help patients diminish the appearance of deep creases around the mouth and a slack jawline. Prior to your surgery, our 3D imaging system is utilized to provide a preview of your potential results. Dr. Guy typically performs this facial plastic surgery by making incisions at the temples above the hairline, in front of the ear, and behind the earlobe to the lower scalp. Those who have unwanted fat in the neck region may wish to undergo facial liposuction ("lipoplasty"), which entails a small incision made under the chin.
The best candidate for a facelift is a man or woman whose face and neck have begun to sag, but whose skin still has some elasticity and whose bone structure is strong and well-defined. Most Melbourne facelift patients are in their forties to sixties, but facelift surgery can be done successfully on people in their seventies or eighties as well.
Consultation & Preparation
The facelift is a very individualized procedure. In your initial consultation in Melbourne, Dr. Guy will evaluate your face, including the skin and underlying bone, and discuss your goals for the surgery.
Dr. Guy will check for medical conditions that could cause problems during or after surgery, such as uncontrolled high blood pressure, blood clotting problems, or the tendency to form excessive scars. Be sure to tell Dr. Guy if you smoke or are taking any drugs or medications, especially aspirin or other drugs that affect clotting.
Dr. Guy will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications. Carefully following these instructions will help your surgery go more smoothly. If you smoke, it's especially important to stop at least a week or two before and after surgery; smoking inhibits blood flow to the skin, and can interfere with the healing of your incision areas.
If your hair is very short, you might want to let it grow out before surgery, so that it's long enough to hide the scars while they heal.
Whether your facelift in Melbourne is being done on an outpatient or inpatient basis, you should arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery, and to help you out for a day or two if needed.
A facelift usually takes several hours-or somewhat longer if you're having more than one procedure done. For extensive procedures, two separate sessions may be scheduled. Most facelifts are performed under local anesthesia, combined with a sedative to make you drowsy. You'll be awake but relaxed, and your face will be insensitive to pain.
Incisions usually begin above the hairline at the temples, extend in a natural line in front
of the ear (or just inside the cartilage at the front of the ear), and continue behind the earlobe to the lower scalp. If the neck needs work, a small incision may also be made under the chin.
In general, Dr. Guy separates the skin from the fat and muscle below. Fat may be trimmed or suctioned from around the neck and chin to improve the contour. Dr. Guy then tightens the underlying muscle and membrane, pulls the skin back, and removes the excess. Stitches secure the layers of tissue and close the incisions; metal clips may be used on the scalp.
Following surgery, a small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin behind your ear to drain any blood that might collect there. Dr. Guy may also wrap your head loosely in bandages to minimize bruising and swelling.
Recovery & Results
There isn't usually significant discomfort after surgery; if there is, it can be lessened with the pain medication prescribed by Dr. Guy. Some numbness of the skin is quite normal; it will disappear in a few weeks or months. Keep your head elevated and as still as possible for a couple of days after surgery, to keep the swelling down.
If you've had a drainage tube inserted, it will be removed one or two days after surgery. Bandages, when used, are usually removed after one to five days. Most of your stitches will be removed after about five days. Your scalp may take longer to heal, and the stitches or metal clips in your hairline could be left in a few days longer.
You should be up and about in a day or two, but plan on taking it easy for the first week after surgery. Be especially gentle with your face and hair, since your skin will be both tender and numb, and may not respond normally at first.
Melbourne facelift surgeon, Dr. Guy will give more specific guidelines for gradually resuming your normal activities. They're likely to include these suggestions: Avoid strenuous activity, including sex and heavy housework, for at least two weeks (walking and mild stretching are fine); avoid alcohol, steam baths, and saunas for several months. Above all, get plenty of rest and allow your body to spend its energy on healing.
At the beginning, your face may look and feel rather strange. Your features may be distorted from the swelling, your facial movements may be slightly stiff and you'll probably be self-conscious about your scars. Some bruising may persist for two or three weeks, and you may tire easily. By the third week, you'll look and feel much better. Most patients are back at work about ten days to two weeks after surgery. If you need it, special camouflage makeup can mask most bruising that remains. You'll have some scars from your facelift, but they're usually hidden by your hair or in the natural creases of your face and ears. In any case, they'll fade within time and should be scarcely visible.
Once the incisions have been made, Dr. Guy will lift the skin in order to expose and tighten the underlying muscle. She will then tighten the skin and trim away any excess, which provides patients with smoother facial skin. The incision made under the chin will allow Dr. Guy to use a cannula in order to suction fat and produce a better-contoured facial structure.
In addition, if you would like to reduce the look of wrinkles and lines in the forehead and/or eye areas, you may wish to combine other facial cosmetic surgery procedures. Two of the most commonly paired include browlift surgery ("forehead lift") and eyelid surgery ("blepharoplasty").
Melbourne, Vero, and Viera facelift patients who would like to see previous patient results may do so by viewing before and after facelift photos. To gain insight to the personal care provided by Dr. Guy and our staff, you may read patient testimonials.
Improving sagging facial skin, jowls, and loose neck skin by removing excess fat, tightening muscles, redraping skin. Most often done on men and women over 40
Local with sedation, or general.
Usually outpatient. Some patients may require short inpatient stay.
Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness and tenderness of skin; tight feeling, dry skin. For men, permanent need to shave behind ears, where beard-growing skin is repositioned.
Injury to the nerves that control facial muscles or feeling (usually temporary but may be permanent). Infection, bleeding. Poor healing; excessive scarring. Asymmetry or change in hairline.
Back to work: 10 to 14 days.
More strenuous activity: 2 weeks or more.
Bruising: 2 to 3 weeks. Must limit exposure to sun for several months.
Duration of Results:
Usually 5 to 10 years.
Florida Central Coast Facial Plastic Surgeon
With more than 25 years of experience in plastic surgery, Dr. Guy has made several media appearances, including the Today Show, Oprah, Leeza, and Jenny Jones. She is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), as well as a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS); Dr. Guy was also President of the ASPS in 2007.
To schedule an initial consultation regarding facelift surgery, Vero, Viera, and Melbourne, Florida patients may call (321) 727-1600. Dr. Guy may also be reached via e-mail. For added convenience, patient registration forms are available to download and fill out prior to the appointment.