What are the risks and complications involved with having a facelift?
As with any surgery, there are risks involved. Smokers are required to refrain from smoking, before and after the procedure, for a minimum of four to six weeks, to reduce the likelihood of complications. Some possible risks are nerve damage and delayed wound healing.
Dr. Miller will fully present the risks and complications to you during your consultation. Having a qualified plastic surgeon perform your surgery minimizes the likelihood of complications.
Who are the most suitable candidates for a facelift?
The ideal candidate for a facelift is someone with sagging skin around the face and neck, but whose skin still maintains some elasticity and whose bone structure is strong and well defined.
How long will my facelift last?
A facelift will take off anywhere from 7 to 10 years. Some people have a single facelift and never need the procedure repeated. Others, however, decide to have more surgery in 15 years or so.
How can I hide the scars?
It is a good idea to let your hair grow a little bit longer than you would normally. This will help to hide the scars during the healing process. In addition, there are some wonderful camouflage cosmetics that are designed specifically to conceal and/or disguise the scars.
Will I be able to be in the sun?
Sun protection, with at least an SPF of 15, should be used for the first six months after surgery. It is always a good idea to protect the skin from the damaging rays of the sun, and this can also preserve the facelift.
Can multiple procedures be done simultaneously?
Yes, including eyelid lifts, forehead and neck lifts.
Is there such a thing as a scarless facelift?
Endoscopic surgery can be done with very small scars, and is usually used to lift the eyebrows, remove frown lines, elevate the cheeks and jowls, and tighten the neck. But, if there is excess skin, it must be removed with standard facelift incisions. Most of the scars from a facelift, however, are barely noticeable, especially as time goes on and they fade.
Contact Stephen M. Miller M.D. for a free consultation by calling our Las Vegas office at 702-369-1001 today.