Face Lift New Jersey
A face lift is a procedure that can make your face look younger and fresher. That is why we often refer to facial rejuvenation. It can turn back the hands of time by lifting your sagging cheeks, smoothing your jawline, tightening the loose skin of your neck ("turkey gobbler"), and removing excess fat below your chin. It will improve the jawline (jowls), changes in the neck that occur as a natural result of aging or heredity, and changes resulting from the skin's loss of tone and elasticity. Dr Friedlander may recommend eyelid or brow surgery to help provide facial harmony and prevent one area from appearing more youthful than another. Complimentary procedures involving skin care will help to further improve the negative effects of gravity and help you maintain your result. The facelift is typically performed on patients aged 40-60, although this procedure is successfully performed on healthy patients in their 70's and 80's.
Dr. Friedlander will customize the procedure for you and address your areas of concern. You may choose to add eyelid surgery or other ancillary procedures to create a balanced look. Dr. Friedlander incorporates features of a neck lift and a MACS-lift into all of her face lifts to achieve a more youthful appearance. She will utilize liposuction to help define the jawline and suture suspension to help lift and define the neck, jowl and cheek. She will carefully review your medical history and the medications which you are taking. There are conditions which could conceivably cause problems during surgery such as high blood pressure, blood clotting problems, and others which will be discussed if they apply to you. If you smoke, she will counsel you on the increased risks associated with smoking. This is true for all surgeries, not only face lifts.
During the surgery, incisions are classically made in the hairline, as well as in front of and behind the ears. Modifications may limit the extent of the incisions. A small incision may also be made under the chin. These incisions result in minimal scarring which can be easily covered by hair or makeup. The skin and underlying fat are separated from the muscle. The fat may be thinned or suctioned to improve the overall contour of the face, neck and jawline. The muscles of the face and neck will be tightened to provide longer lasting correction. The skin is lifted and redraped by pulling it upward and outward, and the excess skin is removed. A surgical "tissue glue" is often used during surgery to minimize bleeding and postoperative swelling and to promote rapid healing. Messy drains are rarely used today. Stitches around the ear are removed 5-7 days after the surgery, and stitches or staples hidden within the hair are removed 10-12 days after the surgery. Dr. Friedlander still advises you take 2 weeks off from work, but indicates that many of her patients are "lunching out" 2-3 days after the surgery. Some swelling and bruising are normal after surgery and begin to disappear after a few days. Strenuous activity must be limited for at least four weeks after surgery.
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