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If you want to have a more youthful face, a facelift can produce a remarkable improvement in your appearance. When a facelift is performed by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sonya J. Merriman, you can expect a result that you'll be satisfied with – natural, refreshed, and rejuvenated.
What is a Facelift/Rhytidectomy?
Rhytidectomy is the medical term for a facelift, a surgical procedure in which the skin of the face and neck is tightened and repositioned, the underlying facial muscles are restored to a youthful firmness, and excess skin removed.
If you are feeling unhappy seeing facial sagging, wrinkles, and drooping facial muscles, a facelift is the ideal procedure to restore the appearance of youthful vitality that is distinctly you – not overpulled, tight, or unnatural.
Facial Rejuvenation Surgery with Dr. Merriman
Facelift surgery is a truly wonderful way to enhance your facial appearance. Your features will once again appear youthful, defined, with unsightly sagging, wrinkles, lines, and creases only a memory. You can say goodbye to the saggy, droopy skin that makes you look older than you feel.
If you are plagued with saggy neck tissue and skin, this problem can be resolved in your facelift procedure for a more youthful, healthy look. A facelift, when performed by Dr. Merriman will go a long way in boosting your feelings of confidence and pleasure in your appearance.
Dr. Merriman has gained a reputation for the natural results she achieves with this procedure. Her patients come to her to resolve any of the following problems:
- Fine lines, wrinkles, and creases
- Droopy jowls
- Saggy facial skin
- Fatty deposits on neck and beneath the chin
- Loss of the firm skin quality that signals youth
- Aging skin
- Jawline has lost its youthful definition
How is a Facelift Performed?
Dr. Sonya J. Merriman employs state-of-the-art surgical techniques to strategically sculpt your face during your facelift procedure, producing results that appear natural and discreet. Dr. Merriman has an amazing sense for facial aesthetics which makes it possible to restore and rejuvenate your appearance in the most natural way.
Her attention to detail is important; you want compliments – not the tight, frozen, unnatural look that can be the unhappy outcome of a poorly-performed facelift. Facelift surgery is performed under general anesthesia for your comfort. Once you are sedated, one or more incisions are made at the hairline continuing on toward the ear and lower scalp.
Fat may be used to contour your face and add volume as facial muscles are tightened and repositioned. The facial skin will then be repositioned, with excess removed, to lay naturally over the restored muscle structure. Finally, excess skin will be trimmed away, and the incisions closed with tiny stitches, hidden in the hairline so they are not visible once you heal.
A short scar facelift, appropriate for those with less extreme facial aging, has a shorter incision. If you need to restore neck and chin, it may require another incision to restore this area to its former firm, defined look.
What Results Can I Hope to Achieve with a Facelift?
It is important to understand everything about the procedure, so you are an informed patient, with no surprises. Dr. Merriman will thoroughly review what you can expect from your facelift surgery in detail before your procedure.
Generally speaking, a facelift resolves the following issues:
- Deep creases and wrinkles in the facial skin. As a part of the natural aging process, the body's natural ability to produce collagen and elastin is decreased, resulting in a loss of structure to the facial skin. The loss of skin quality results in deep creases, lines, and wrinkles, along with jowls, frown lines and smile lines that are deeply etched into your face.
- Loose, sagging skin. As our skin ages, it loses the elasticity of youth, leading to drooping skin that adds years to the appearance.
- Drooping skin under the eyes and at the jawline. Whether due to extreme weight loss or the natural aging process, you may see your jawline lose its youthful definition. Restoring the firm, fresh look to these areas does wonders – you will look years younger, with a nicely defined jawline, along with excess skin and tissue removed.
Rest, Rest, Rest.
It is important to take it easy in the weeks following your facelift surgery. You feel fatigued, and rest is what your body needs. It is normal to have some swelling, bruising, and a sensation of tightness in your face in the early stages. The swelling peaks at about the third or fourth day after your procedure.
Getting up and taking gentle walks to keep your blood circulating helps with healing but be careful not to overdo it. It is normal to experience a bit of tingling in your face as your body begins to heal itself.
Most patients who have facelift surgery can return to work after two weeks. While light activity is encouraged, it is still important to avoid strenuous activity until Dr. Merriman says it is fine to return to exercise or other activity. It is also important that you avoid harmful UV rays and stay out of direct sunlight while your face heals and restores.
While you will begin to notice results as the swelling in your face subsides, you will not see full results until about one year following your facelift procedure. To find out more, contact us today and schedule a consultation for a facelift in Valdosta, GA.