Your Restorative, Rejuvenating Facelift in South Jersey
If you’ve noticed the effects of aging and long to restore the youthful, firm contours of your face, you may be an ideal candidate for a facelift. South Jersey plastic surgeon, Dr. Franckle, has performed numerous procedures and consistently helps patients in Voorhees and the surrounding areas regain their youthful appearance and confidence. The overall goal at Premier Plastic Surgery Arts is to keep our patients looking refreshed and full of life. If you notice creases below your eyelids, sagging in the mid face and jawline, deep creases along the nose towards the sides of your mouth, overall loss of skin tone and more, a rhytidectomy (facelift) may be the solution you’re looking for. These common effects are caused by a combination of heredity, gravity, stress, environment and, above all, aging. Luckily, a rhytidectomy can provide a restorative and rejuvenating solution.
Considerations Before Surgery
While appearance and aging are commonly considered the determining factors for facelift candidates, health is also an extremely important factor. This procedure is only applicable for patients in opportune health. Since the surgery requires anesthesia, patients should be vetted by their physician before opting for this procedure. Healthy individuals without medical conditions that impair healing, non-smokers, and patients with realistic expectations are ideal candidates. It’s important to maintain proper expectations regarding results. While a facelift will alter and enhance your appearance, it will not alter the fundamental appearance of your face nor halt aging.
A facelift is often done alongside other procedures, including a brow lift or eyelid surgery. While a rhytidectomy can effectively tighten the facial skin, it is not always the proper procedure for every patient. If your main concern is restored firmness, you may consider other cosmetic procedures that are less invasive. A non-surgical approach can utilize dermal fillers to add fullness and enhance contours. This addresses common complaints, including crows feet and smile lines. Fillers can also be used to enhance shallow contours, soften facial creases and wrinkles, improve the appearance of recessed scarring, and plump thin lips. For some, this is a better route than a facelift as the results are less dramatic. This is often most helpful for those showing early signs of aging.
Procedure Variations and Steps
Before undergoing any cosmetic procedure, your plastic surgeon should have a variety of recommendations. Patients should cease smoking, avoid taking any blood thinners, and increase water intake prior to surgery. When it comes to the day of your procedure, there are some important details you should be aware of. First and foremost, there’s anesthesia. This is crucial for your comfort during the procedure. Your surgery requires medications that can include intravenous sedation or general anesthesia depending on your preference. If you’re looking for further procedures to enhance your facelift, many patients consider undergoing various procedures in one session. These may include facial implants, soft tissue augmentation, resurfacing techniques, or wrinkle reduction with injection of fat or fillers.
Due to the nature of this procedure, some small incisions are required. There are a variety of options ranging from a limited incision, neck lift, or traditional facelift. With a traditional facelift, incisions are made along the face. This will include the lower scalp, hairline near the temples and around the ear. Tissue beneath the face may be manipulated and sculpted for the desired result while fat deposits are redistributed. This will address issues along the jowls, neck, and face. Once these contours have been enhanced, the skin will then be re-draped and excess skin is trimmed. If there is excess skin or signs of aging beneath the neck, a second incision may be required. All incisions are closed with skin adhesives or sutures.
When a patient opts for limited incision, smaller incisions are made at the temples, continuing around the ear and possibly the lower eyelids or under the upper lip. If sagging jowls and loose neck skin are the major areas needing attention, a neck lift may be appropriate. This incision starts in front of the ear lobe curving around the ear and ending by the lower scalp.
Any incisions are expertly placed so that they are naturally concealed within the hairline and contours of the face once they are healed. Results will be noticeable as soon as any resulting swelling or bruising diminishes. You will emerge with a youthful and rested appearance and increased confidence.
What to Expect After Surgery
Before deciding to have the procedure, patients should familiarize themselves with the post-op recovery process. Following the procedure, a compression bandage may be placed around the surgery site to keep bruising and swelling to an absolute minimum. Specialized tubes may be inserted under the skin to promote proper drainage of the excess fluid and blood that may collect under the skin.
Dr. Franckle will provide specific instructions regarding the proper care regimen following your surgery. This will include how to care for the surgical site and drains, necessary medications to apply or take orally for healing and information on reducing chances of infection, specific concerns to keep your eye on for the surgical site or general health, and a timetable for when you should follow up with Dr. Franckle.
As with any surgery, you may have questions about when you can get back to your normal lifestyle and activities. It may not seem apparent beforehand, but you should ask any potential questions during your consultation so that you don’t take part in an activity that could potentially interfere with recovery. Dr. Franckle can provide more specific information about the date of removal for bandages, dressings and stitches, when you can wear makeup, resume exercise, or visit your stylist for cut and color. Pending the extent of the procedure or combination of procedures, sutures are usually removed within 14 days of surgery. Bruising and swelling will normally become less noticeable in 10 to 20 days. Overall, the final result of a facelift procedure is evident in 4 to 6 weeks or sooner, with continued improvement for several months.
There are also a variety of steps you can take to ensure your results are maintained so you can enjoy your procedure to its fullest. Regular application of sunscreen and a healthy lifestyle can help you keep the rejuvenated, youthful appearance following your surgery. For optimal results, be sure to follow Dr. Franckle’s instructions to the fullest. Your surgeon will recommend that you avoid excessive force, abrasion, or motion during the healing process. For instance, you will want to avoid getting dressed in a fashion that requires you to pull shirts over your head.
Why Choose Dr. Franckle?
To truly reap the benefits of this procedure, choosing a board certified plastic surgeon with a trusted background should be a top priority. Dr. William C. Franckle, M.D, F.A.C.S has a proven track record for patient collaboration and works to ensure your results are up to your expectations. No two patients are alike and Dr. Franckle embraces the opportunity to enhance each individual’s personal beauty. He happily works alongside patients to ensure their questions and concerns don’t go unanswered.
His qualifications are just as impressive as his attention to patient satisfaction. Dr. Franckle is not only board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, but he also possesses multiple awards and society memberships. He has received the Top Physicians of 2009 The Art Of Medicine Award and SJ Magazine Top Docs 2008 Award. Some of his society memberships include Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, and Medical Society of New Jersey.
Schedule Your Consultation
Before you choose to undergo a facelift, you will want to schedule a consultation to discuss your expectations and the details of the procedure with Dr. Franckle. In your consultation, you will want to address your specific goals, existing medical conditions or allergies, previous surgeries, and more. It is important that Dr. Franckle has all the necessary information to make sure you receive ideal results.
To restore your youthful appearance and diminish signs of aging, consult Premier Plastic Surgery Arts for more information regarding your future facelift. South Jersey plastic surgeon, Dr. Franckle, will happily provide a consultation and work with you to answer any potential questions. Contact our office in Voorhees today at 856-772-6500 or fill out our form at the top left of this page.