Midessa Oral & Facial Surgery – Midland & Odessa TX
Aging is a natural process and as a result skin can wrinkle and sag. Sun exposure can also have damaging effects on the aging process. As we age, the skin folds, facial fat is displaced, and the muscles loose their volume. These effects are most visibly seen on the face, jowls, neck, eyes, and the chin regions.
Dr. Gutta performs a face lift to enhance your appearance. This involves removing the excess skin folds and tightening the underlying layer of the skin.
How Does A Face Lift Help?
A face lift can make a patient look 5 to 10 years younger and more rejuvenated. A face lift may be combined with neck liposuction, eyelid surgery, and chin surgery to create a rejuvenated face.
Before your surgery, Dr. Gutta will discuss your aesthetic objectives, evaluate your medical history, and explain the procedure. At this appointment, you will also be informed about the expectations, recovery time and other concerns if any. Photographs will be taken before the surgery. A discussion about anesthesia options will be done.
You will have to shampoo your hair the night prior to surgery. To help alleviate the anxiety associated with surgery, you may be prescribed medications. Depending on your medical history, you may be prescribed medications to slightly decrease your blood pressure. We will provide preoperative instructions about anesthesia and eliminations of certain drugs that could increase the risk of bleeding.
A face lift may be performed under intravenous sedation (twilight sedation) or general anesthesia. When combined with other procedures, a face lift take up to 4 hours. Medications will be given through your I.V to help you relax. Well hidden incisions will be placed in front of the ear and behind the ear lobe before carrying on to the hairline behind the ear. The excessive skin is separated from the underlying muscles, pulled back and up, and redundant skin is trimmed. The sagging muscles may be trimmed and tightened to give a more youthful appearance. The incisions are then closed with small sutures. Occasionally, skin behind the ear may be closed with staples.
After Surgery Care
You should not drive on the day of the procedure and may need someone to stay with you for the first day. You will go home with a surgical bandage around your face. This stays on for the first 24 hours. Generally, pain is less than moderate and is well controlled with pain medications. Most patients do not complain of pain. You may notice some bruising for the first one week. The first postoperative appointment will be after one week to remove one set of sutures. The next set of sutures (behind the ear) will be removed within 2 weeks. Some patients may notice intense tightness that may last for several weeks as the healing process continues. You will be given written instructions on the after care.
Risks of Face Lift
Generally, face lift is a procedure with minimal complications. Some patients may have a blood clot that may need evacuation. Rarely loss of skin, facial nerve damage, and bleeding can occur. Infections after a face lift are very rare. The risk of skin loss and infection are highest among smokers and poorly controlled diabetics.