With age, the face looses volume while skin loses elasticity. This causes facial skin dropping and an aged appearance. Dr. Yao has a custom approach to facelift that produces noticable yet natural results. She separately lifts the skin and a layer of tissue below the skin (the SMAS) to achieve several vectors of pull, which creates a more natural apperance. She includes neck liposuction and fat grafting when needed for facial contouring and volume loss.
4 to 6 hours, depending on the patient’s goals
Twilight or general anesthesia – patient’s choice. Twilight means you are breathiing on your own and sleeping.
Peak swelling happens in the first 3 days. Most are back to work at 1 week, with residual swelling and bruising.The entire head head will be wrapped in bandages for the first few days to prevent swelling and protect the incisions. The first 2 weeks will have bruising and swelling. Residual swelling and swelling take up to 6 months to subside.
The majority of incisions are hidden in the hairline, in the creases of the earlobe and behnd the ear. Scars take 1 year to fade into the natural creases of the face.
People with facial aging in the middle and lower face will have the best results from facelift. Those with sagging skin along the jaw-line, jowels, nasolabial folds, and cheeks will see improvements. The best way to understand the possibilities is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Yao so that she can assess your anatomy.