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Facelift

The facelift procedure is performed to remove excess skin and to lift the sagging structures of the face and neck. In most cases, our doctors perform facelift procedures in our AAAHC certified Operating Room at The Barber May Clinic in Mobile, AL. The goal of the facelift is to create a fresher looking face without the “operated” look of the past. Gone are the days of the face lift which looks like you just stepped out of a wind tunnel.

Today’s modern techniques utilize a multilayered approach to reposition the sagging muscles, fat and other structures of the face. Anatomical studies of the aging face have revealed a collection of ligaments in the face, which hold everything in place. With the passing of time, these ligaments begin to stretch in response to the aging process and the constant effects of gravity. The result is a droopy face and neck. The goal of face lift surgery is to reinforce these ligaments to help them counteract the effects of gravity and aging. In various areas of the face and neck, muscles will be tightened to support them in their previous youthful position. The end result of a facelift should be a natural appearing face without a pulled look. Remember, we are lifting and supporting the face, not pulling the face.

Where are the incisions for a facelift?

Incisions for the face lift are made around the ear, in the scalp and under the chin. These incisions should heal with minimal scar effect and be hidden in the natural creases. After facelift surgery, there should be minimal to no changes in your hairline position, thus allowing you to wear your hair in any style you wish. There are minor incision line changes for men due to the fact they have a beard. For women placing it just inside the ear canal hides the incision on the front side of the ear. For most men putting the incision in this location would result in their beard growing on the ear, which would not look natural. For this reason, we place the incision on men at the edge of the beard growth just in front of the ear. This blends in nicely in a short period of time.

What is the recovery/downtime for a facelift?

The recovery time after facelift surgery occurs in stages, the initial stage generally lasts 10 to 14 days. During this time, you will have noticeable swelling and bruising. Most patients choose not to go out in public during this time period. The use of make up is generally permitted in 7 to 10 days for most individuals. The second stage of recovery is completed 4 to 6 weeks after surgery. At this point, most individuals have minimal signs of recent surgery and would feel comfortable having their picture taken. The final stage of recovery takes 6 to 12 months to conclude. During this time, the final internal changes associated with surgery occur and everything should return to normal. Each patient is different and recovery time and outcome will vary.

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