As people age, the effects of gravity, exposure to the sun, and the stresses of daily life can be seen in their faces. Deep creases form between the nose and mouth; the jawline grows slack and jowly; folds and fat deposits appear around the neck. A facelift can’t stop this aging process. What it can do is “set back the clock,” improving the most visible signs of aging by removing excess fat, tightening underlying muscles, and redraping the skin of your face and neck.
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 patients are in their forties to sixties but facelifts can be done successfully on people in their seventies or eighties as well.
The surgery is a same day surgery done under general anesthesia and lasts from two to four hours depending on the procedures being completed at the same time. Recovery is usually another 2-3 hours, depending on your needs, before you are discharged home. You should be able to return to work in one to two weeks depending on the level of activity required for your job and the amount of bruising you experience.
After your consultation, Dr. Mukerji may decide you are a candidate for a mid-facelift. This surgery can reduce wrinkles, sagging skin, or a depressed appearance in the cheeks. This procedure is performed endoscopically meaning less scarring for you.
A face lift is not considered medically necessary and is not covered by medical insurance. Based on your consultation, a facelift can done alone, or in conjunction with other procedures such as a brow lift, eyelid surgery, or nose reshaping.
Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person.
Plan to spend 30 minutes to one hour at your initial consultation with Dr. Mukerji. During this consultation, you will discuss your surgery goals, your plastic surgery options and go over the risks and benefits involved with your surgery. Your decision to have surgery is a highly personal one that not everyone will understand. The important thing is how you feel about it.
Prior to your consultation, make a list of questions. Many things will be covered during your consultation and it is easy to forget all the questions you had. Be sure to let us know if you smoke, the medications you take including vitamins, and any other health problems. Be aware that smoking causes the blood vessels to constrict which reduces blood flow, and the oxygen it carries, to the surgical area. When your blood supply is reduced, tissues heal more slowly and there is an increased risk of complications. If you smoke, Dr. Mukerji will let you know if you need to quit smoking prior to your surgery and for how long. If you are required to quit smoking prior to surgery, a nicotine test will be administered on the morning of your surgery.
Typically, most of our surgeries are performed in Newbury Park, CA under general anesthesia.