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Facelift Surgery Facts
Dr Paul Howard - Facelift Surgeon Birmingham, Alabama
What is a facelift?
A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that repositions the skin and soft tissues of the face that have been affected by the aging process. A facelift is intended to give the patient a more rested and youthful contour to the face. A facelift can only be performed surgically. Non-surgical rejuvenation treatments cannot achieve the same results. Dr. Howard also offers a non-surgical facelift for patients who are not yet ready or in need of a mini facelift or full facelift.
Am I a candidate for facelift?
You may be candidate for a facelift if you have experienced a loss of skin elasticity and muscle tone of the face. A facelift is also desirable if you are showing the signs of aging with the development of jowls and deep creases creating frown lines. Facelift may also be helpful if you believe you have a tired facial appearance. A facelift is a highly individualized procedure. An ideal candidate for a facelift is also one who:
- Is physically healthy
- Is a Non-smoker and non-drinker
- Has a positive outlook and realistic expectations
How is a facelift Performed?
Facelifts range in size from "mini" to "mid" to “full” depending on location and extent of skin laxity. The operation is done on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia with oral sedation. Incisions are made along the ear, extending down around the earlobe, and ending behind the ear. The subcutaneous layers and facial muscles are tightened, the facial skin is re-draped and lifted, and the excess skin is removed. The patient goes home with head and neck wrapped in dressings, which are usually removed the next day. Minimal initial discomfort is easily controlled with oral medication and ice compresses. Sutures are removed within 7 days. Bruising and swelling will decrease over 7-14 days. Most patients are able to be socially presentable with the use of sunglasses, a scarf, and/or full coverage make-up after one week.
How long will my facelift Last?
Since Dr. Howard's facelifts do not involve artificial "threads," you facelift should last as long as you maintain proper skincare. Dr. Howard's facelifts are not a "skin only" face lift. However, no surgical procedure can prevent or stop the aging process. Maintaining an ideal weight, staying healthy, and daily attention to skincare can help your facelift last for years to come.
Do you Perform the LifeStyle Lift™ ?
The Lifestyle Lift™ is a registered trademark not an actual "revolutionary" surgical procedure. It is a company that markets a name to the general public, instead of the surgeon's credentials or surgical ability. Dr. Howard has performed facelifts, mid-facelifts, mini-facelifts for over 20 years. Dr. Howard has been performing short-scar, minimal incision face lift procedures under local anesthesia with "twilight" for over 15 years. He is not a physician employed by the Lifestyle Lift™ company. Instead, Dr. Howard offers his exclusive "One Facelift a Day Promise" where is patient's are truly special!
The Life Style Lift company filed for bankruptcy several years ago. As a result, hundreds of patients had been abandoned. Dr. Howard has never been affliated with this company. Dr. Howard would like to assist these patients any way he can. If you are a LSL patient, please call our office to learn more about Dr. Howard's offer.
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