Face Lifts and Facial Plastic Surgery. What should you know?

Many patients seek to improve the appearance of their face due to aging, trauma wrinkles, or any imperfections they feel can be improved with plastic and cosmetic surgery to the face. Facelifts and facial plastic surgery can be as minor as simple injections or fillers, nips, and tucks, to full-blown procedures in which large sections of the face are cut, skin retracted, and the face essentially reattached in a shorter, tightened position.

Facelifts and facial plastic surgery may also involve either the removal of fat or the addition of fat donated from another part of the patient’s body to contour or add volume based on the shape and design that the surgeon or the patient desires. Facial plastic surgery can involve implants such as chin implants to help fill in volume to provide a more natural look where fat would not be appropriate. The goal of any facelift or facial plastic surgery is to create a more youthful, tight, sleek, or appropriately contoured face.

As with any plastic and cosmetic surgery, facelifts and facial plastic surgery may involve downtime, anesthesia, recovery, and a period in which the body heals eventually showing the final product intended. Certain facial garments may need to be worn, medications taken in order to aid recovery and prevent infection, and certain positions to sleep in may be necessary to aid in the healing and recovery after a facelift or facial plastic surgery. Skincare and incision care is very important to prevent infection as well as prevent scarring, adhesions, or keloids when recovering from a facelift or those who have had facial plastic surgery.

Another very important component of recovering from a facelift or facial plastic surgery is receiving lymphatic drainage. Lymphatic drainage therapy often mis-named lymphatic massage is a very light procedure in which a specialist with the title of certified lymphedema therapist practicing a technique called manual lymph drainage performs a very light type of hands-on touch to help drain fluid to prevent the possibility of inflammation creating a greater risk for infection, hematoma, or seroma.

Hematomas after facelifts or facial plastic surgery create essentially a pool or a pocket of blood that in severe cases may need to be drained by the surgeon. Seromas are due to trauma or the body trying to wash out irritants and can create an opportunistic environment in which bacteria may form and lead to either infection adverse fibrosis or scarring if in the area of incisions. Infections are when bacteria begin to overwhelm the body and cause the patient to become feverish, the area red, hot, painful, or exceptionally swollen. Severe infections although rare can cause death.

For patients having face lifts or facial plastic surgery, it is very important to manage the above conditions closely with your surgeon.  For patients that have had liposuction as part of their facelift procedures, it is especially important to be aware if fibrosis occurs to the face as a secondary complication. Fibrosis is where lumps or knots occur and create hills, valleys, or peaks, or essentially what feels like hard knots under the skin as they can be visually unappealing and in some cases cause pain.

If fat was used to fill areas of the face it is expected that about 30% of that volume will be lost due to fat necrosis. Patients may need to add more fat over time if they lose the volume after their facial plastic surgery or facelift procedure.

Facial Plastic Surgery

Those having facelifts or facial plastic surgery suffering from fibrosis can seek non-surgical therapeutic options like those offered at the Aspen After Surgery center in Coral Springs FL. The Aspen After Surgery Center is an international fly-in location that provides clinical experts specifically trained and licensed in post-op plastic and cosmetic facial surgical procedures that can help with issues such as fibrosis, irregular appearances due to scarring, external incisional scarring, or cording and banding along the face and neck area. They can also provide post-op recovery services that will speed recovery, prevent complications like fat loss (necrosis), reduce pain, and help patients look better faster. These services must be scheduled in advance of your surgery.

For those suffering from liposuction fibrosis or other complications after facial plastic surgery or facelifts, they offer virtual consultations from anywhere in the world and provide a 5-day fast track program for patients from around the world.

For questions regarding scheduling a virtual consultation or seeking a second clinical opinion after your facelift or facial plastic surgery please call the main center at 1-877-277-3615 or click the link below.