At ALABAMA PLASTIC SURGERY in Birmingham, Alabama.
Why a Face Lift?
A facelift helps improve the visible signs of aging by removing excess skin, repositioning fat and removing excess fat, while tightening underlying muscles and re-draping the skin of the face and neck. Facial aging is an ever continuing process with many contributing factors.
Are there different kinds of face lifts?
There is no one operation that can be considered as the definitive procedure. After evaluation, Dr. Gene Moor will advise you and tell you which technique(s) he recommends.
What could be the options for my face?
- The Extended Facelift: This is for the person who has a lot of excess and redundant skin of the face and neck. Dr. Moor will make the incision around and behind the ear, and into the scalp posteriorly. The neck can be accessed through a small incision under the chin and through the scalp incision. Dr. Eugene Moor will analyze your face and evaluate your wishes and suggest to you what technique(s) will help best improve your overall look.
- The Short Scar Mac Lift (SSM): The trend is towards less aggressive, less invasive face lift techniques with shorter scars, less down time and easier recovery periods.The short scar mac lift is a preferred technique by Dr. Gene Moor for this purpose. This SSM lift procedure is not for everyone and the more traditional facelift may be the better choice for some patients. You should think carefully about your expectations and discuss them at length with Dr. Moor.
- Individual procedures: Not all patients need to start off with the facelift. Individual procedures like eyelid surgery, neck lift, brow lift, rhinoplasty, Botox, fillers, etc., may be all that is necessary to address your particular concern. Dr. Gene Moor at ALABAMA PLASTIC SURGERY in Birmingham, Alabama 35223 will help you make these decisions after he has analyzed your face and listened to you at the time of your consultation.
How long does a face lift last?
A facelift done by Dr. Moor pushes back the clock five to ten years.
Although a facelift improves the physical signs of aging, it does not prevent or stop the natural aging process. The stresses of every day life, genetics, thinning of the skin, loss of elasticity, increased laxity, the effects of the sun, smoking and weight loss, all contribute to the development of loose and wrinkled facial skin. Gravity has an effect on the fatty tissues resulting in deeper naso-labial folds. Naso-labial folds are the creases from the nose area to the corners of the mouth. Gravity pulling on the fat in your face also causes prominent jowls. Jowls are the fat accumulations along the jawline. Gravity is also the cause of vertical skin bands in the neck region, which we call ‘turkey neck’.
When should I think about a face lift?
The facelift is usually first considered in the mid forties and fifties when facial aging begins to manifest itself.
Who are the best candidates for a face lift?
The best candidates for this procedure are healthy, non-smoking women and men with excess skin in the face and or neck. Smoking slows the healing process and can cause complications with recovery.
What happens when Dr. Moor does my face lift?
The facelift tightens the loose skin and muscles of the face and neck and re-positions the fatty tissues upwards because gravity has pulled these tissues down, creating the aged appearance. The skin incisions are made along the normal skin creases from the tip of the earlobe to the back end of the place where the ear meets the face (tragus) to the top of the ear and extending into the superior scalp. The excess skin is then excised and the fatty tissues are re-positioned in place.
What about my scars?
Scarring is typically minimal and incisions are made so as to be kept out of view.
Will I lose my sideburns?
Most of the time Dr. Moor makes his incisions in front of the side burns, thereby sparing the natural sideburn hair which your hairdresser may appreciate.
What do I need to do after my face lift surgery?
At the conclusion of surgery, a drain and head dressing is applied which will be removed on the first post operative day. A neck-cheek wrap is to be worn 24 hours a day for the next few weeks. Dr. Eugene Moor provides in-depth post operative instructions on paper and he will suggest rest, head elevation and no stooping or bending. Your head may be loosely covered with bandages which should stay on for a few days. The sutures are removed in five days and recovery takes one to two weeks. You should keep your head elevated and fairly immobile for a few days as well. You can expect to experience bruising for up to one month during the recovery process.
Where will Dr. Gene Moor do my facelift surgery?
Dr. Moor is dedicated to the safety of his patients and does most of his surgeries at Brookwood Medical Center or at Grandview Medical Center on an outpatient basis.
Will I have to have anesthesia?
Yes. A face lift is a major procedure lasting three to four hours and is done under general anesthesia. If other cosmetic procedures are done in conjunction with the facelift, such as a blepharoplasty or brow lift, the procedure may take longer.
How long is the recovery time?
Much is determined by the amount of bruising, which varies from patient to patient. Recovery with going back to work is usually ten to fourteen days. More strenuous activity will need to wait two to six weeks.