Take Off a Decade From Your Face with a Facelift

What if you could get in the Delorean with Doc Brown and go back 10 years? Sure, you might punch that guy who’s now your boss or you might never sign up for the kickball league where you pulled your hamstring so bad you contemplated hari kari.

But look at that face. Those lines at the corners of your mouth are gone. Look at the definition of your jawline. And those saggy cheeks — gone!

Well, since a time machine actually hasn’t been invented, Doc Brown will have to wait. But a facelift with Dr. Jones doesn’t have to; it will also take about a decade off of your face.

What does a facelift address?

A facelift is effective at addressing aging issues from the cheeks to the upper neck. Smile lines, those little devils that run from the nose down to the mouth, are targeted. So are deep wrinkles and sagging in the cheeks. That sagging under your jawbone? It’ll get the business. Even bands of loose skin in the neck, otherwise known as vertical cords, are corrected.

But sometimes the title of the procedure — facelift — can give patients the idea that the entire face is targeted. This isn’t the case. A facelift doesn’t remedy sagging eyelids or drooping eyebrows. It doesn’t make the 11s go away, or wrinkles on the forehead. That’s why Dr. Jones often recommends combining a facelift with eyelid surgery and/or a brow lift.

The procedure

Dr. Jones tries to limit the length and placement of the incisions. Generally, an incision is made on each side of the face in the temple just behind the hairline. It then runs down to the front of the ear. The skin is lifted away from the underlying muscle and other tissue, which is then tightened and reshaped to remove the effects of sagging and the loss of skin elasticity. Excess fat is removed, but not too much because this can leave the patient with a gaunt look. The final step is to re-drape the skin and trim away excess.

Recovery

You will experience bruising and swelling, but this will disappear for the most part within a week. Most patients can return to work in a week or so, but it will take up to three months for all swelling to run its course. There can also be some itching as the nerves adjust to the new skin contour, but this will pass.

Quit waiting for Doc Brown to take you Back to the Future. Call Dr. Jones at 405.418.5400 instead and schedule your consultation for a facelift.

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