Sun exposure, weight fluctuation, and the natural aging process make skin loosen and sag, which results in wrinkles and jowls on a once-youthful, vibrant face. Facelift is a surgical procedure designed to restore your youthful appearance by eliminating wrinkles and drooping, slackened skin, which add years to your vigorous appearance, making you look older than you feel. Fresh, taut skin fashioned by the skilled hands of Randall Yessenow, MD, FACS, can make you look years younger!
Why Facelift Patients Choose Dr. Yessenow
There is no substitute for experience when it comes to plastic surgery, especially facelift, one of the most delicate of all cosmetic procedures. Dr. Yessenow is highly regarded by both patients and peers for his excellent technical expertise and natural artistic ability. He is one of the only surgeons in the Northwest to be certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology. As a result, Dr. Yessenow is uniquely qualified to perform facial plastic surgery procedures, which require advanced skill and knowledge of the facial structures in order to produce successful results.
Dr. Yessenow stays abreast of the latest techniques and technology in the industry through his membership in various professional organizations, including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Are You a Candidate for Facelift?
Facelift addresses signs of aging on the middle and lower facial areas, as well as the neck. You may be a good candidate for facelift if you are bothered by any of the following:
- Loose skin or sagging on the cheeks, along the jawline or on the neck
- Lines, wrinkles and fat displacement beneath the lower eyelids
- Creases and lines between the nose and mouth
- Excess fat and tissue along the jawline, underneath the chin or on the neck
In addition, you should be in good general health and not smoke. Prior to surgery, Dr. Yessenow will evaluate your medical history to make sure you do not have any medical conditions that may disqualify you from having surgery. You must also understand the risks associated with surgery, as well as have reasonable expectations of what facelift can accomplish.
Facelift is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia. During the procedure, Dr. Yessenow makes discreet incisions along the hairline, ears, or chin depending on the areas being treated, so that excess fat, tissue, and skin arelifted and removed. The remaining skin and tissue are then smoothed, tightened, and carefully stitched in place. Dr. Yessenow places the incisions so that they are inconspicuous, even with the hair pulled up.
Dr. Yessenow also performs many types of newer, more limited facelift procedures for appropriate candidates. These have the advantage of a quicker recovery, smaller incisions and a less-invasive procedure. For even more beautiful results, a facelift is often performed in conjunction with other surgeries, such as eye lift (blepharoplasty), brow lift and lip enhancement. Dr. Yessenow will discuss all of your treatment options in detail with you during the consultation phase.
Recovering from Facelift
Once your procedure is complete and the anesthesia has worn off, you will be released to the care of a loved one who will drive you home. Plan on resting in a comfortable position with your head elevated for the rest of the day. Swelling and bruising on and around the treatment areas are normal. These side effects should subside substantially over the following weeks. Any pain or discomfort can be managed with prescription medication. Depending on your personal healing progress, you will need to take one to two weeks off from work. During this time, your mobility will be limited and you will need to avoid normal activities, including exercise. Most patients are able to socialize a week after surgery, at which time most swelling and bruising has disappeared. Any residual bruising can be concealed with makeup.
The effects of a facelift can last for years, and, in some cases, for decades. The best way to maintain results from facelift is to practice healthy skin and lifestyle habits. This includes moisturizing regularly, practicing proper skin care, not smoking and eating healthily. Results can also be maintained with non-surgical skin and cosmetic treatments, such as Botox, dermal fillers and laser skin resurfacing. Dr. Yessenow can discuss your maintenance options with you in detail during a personal consultation.
A happier and refreshed you is possible with a facelift performed by Dr. Yessenow. To book an appointment, please contact Dr. Yessenow’s practice today.