As you advance through life, the years of talking, laughing, and crying can take a toll on your face. The physical evidence of life’s experiences can be endearing and look beautiful in moderation. However, because our faces are susceptible to creasing, drooping, loss of suppleness, and wrinkles, you may begin to look angry or tired – whether or not you actually are.
If your face has lost its youth to wisdom and experience, Dr. James Murphy provides professional face-lift procedures for restoring your younger visage by removing excess tissue and tightening remaining tissue, reducing sagging and other signs of aging. Face-lifts are highly popular procedures that effectively erase the years of age around your midface, eyes, and jaw.
Before beginning the procedure, Dr. Murphy will create an individualized treatment plan based on your goals and existing facial features. He uses well-established surgical techniques to ensure optimal results that look completely natural.
The procedure is especially suitable for those unhappy with any of the following conditions:
It is important to understand that face-lifts do not address the forehead or erase fine lines and wrinkles. Before beginning treatment, Dr. Murphy will conduct a complete examination and consultation. He may recommend an alternative treatment, such as a brow-lift or eyelid surgery. You can also combine several facial plastic surgery procedures for more comprehensive results.
To ensure your safety, your face-lift will take place in a hospital and you will receive general anesthesia. After you have been sedated, Dr. Murphy will create several incisions, which will run along your hairline and behind your ears to minimize the appearance of any scarring. Through these incisions, he will tighten the underlying tissue and reposition it, and may even remove excess fat. Any loose skin will be trimmed before closing the incisions with sutures or surgical tape.
Dr. Murphy will wrap your face in compression bandages to minimize discomfort and speed up your healing. In some cases, he may also place drainage tubes just under your skin. These tubes can typically come out the day after your treatment when you see Dr. Murphy for your follow-up. He will usually remove stitches five to seven days after your surgery.
After your face-lift, you will likely experience some swelling and bruising. Medication and ice packs can minimize your discomfort. You should also sleep with your head elevated to control swelling. Most swelling and inflammation typically dissipates within two weeks, and you will probably be ready to resume your normal activities. However, you should avoid strenuous activities until Dr. Murphy gives his approval.
As your recovery proceeds, you will start to notice the many benefits of your face-lift surgery. When you look in the mirror, you may see that your skin is noticeably tauter and more youthful. Your overall facial contours may have improved, and deep creases may be significantly reduced. Best of all, with the comprehensive results of your treatment, you will not only look younger, but also feel younger and more confident.
To find out if you are a candidate for a face-lift at our Reno practice, contact
Murphy Plastic Surgery and Medical Spa today.