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Indianapolis Facelift FAQs

Facelift FAQs

Although a facelift creates dramatic changes in the facial contour, these stubborn lines benefit more from resurfacing procedures such as dermabrasion, laser or chemical peels. Injectable fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm, done in our office, are also beneficial.
There will be slight relaxation of facial tissues 3-4 months after facelift surgery, but the major beneficial effects are evident for 5 years and longer. Minor revisions can be done to “freshen” those results.
It is normal and expected to have facial skin numbness for a number of weeks following facelift surgery. Full recovery of feeling is expected, although, occasionally there may be small areas of persistent numbness.
Ordinarily, drains are not required.
Yes. Facelift surgery avoids major organ compartments and major blood vessels. The risk of infection is extremely low. Anesthesia is used but is considered quite safe.
Most patients take 2-3 weeks to recover at home following facelift surgery. Most will resume public engagements after that time.
The jowls, which represent lax skin down along the lower cheeks and jawline, usually respond very nicely to the “lower facelift” or “meloplasty” procedure. Simultaneously, the neck appearance is also improved.
Most patients seek changes that give them a more refreshed look, or one that appears to “turn the clock back” a few years.
No. Any nicotine use places you in significant jeopardy of having skin death in very conspicuous areas such as the cheek area. The skin has very delicate circulation pathways which are shut off by nicotine, robbing the skin of it’s nutrition. You must not have any nicotine products at least 8 weeks prior to facelift surgery.
The cost of a facelift is dependent on the details of the surgery. The techniques utilized, the anesthesia required, and the amount of time needed to perform the surgery all affect the price.
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