The term face lift is often used as the broader term describing either an SMAS facelift or an endoscopic facelift. The type of facelift that is right for you depends on your goals and your individual condition. Please read below for more information and contact Dr. Bradley to find out if you are a candidate.
What is an Endoscopic Mid-Facelift?
This procedure uses a special viewing instrument that, within small incisions, can see images of the body’s internal structures. This surgery can be used to remove frown lines, lift the eyebrows, tighten the neck, and elevate the cheek and jowls.
What is an SMAS (Submuscular Aponeurotic System) Facelift?
The SMAS is a layer beneath the skin that controls the facial muscles. By tightening the SMAS, the neck is tightened, the jowls are lifted, and the cheeks are elevated.
Am I a candidate for this procedure?
The best candidate for this procedure is a man or woman whose face and neck have begun to sag, but whose bone structure and musculature are still strong and well-defined. Their skin also needs to have some elasticity. For a private consultation, please call Dr. Bradley at 618-355-0993.
What are the benefits of this procedure?
After your recovery, you will discover a younger, more vibrant looking face.
How long does the procedure last?
The facelift procedure takes several hours. However, depending on the amount of work done, some may require a short in-patient stay.
How do I prepare for surgery?
Dr. Bradley will give you guidelines on drinking and eating and on avoiding certain medications, herbal supplements, vitamins, and smoking. Make sure you have someone to drive you home after the procedure and help you out for a few days.
What does surgery involve?
Most likely an incision will be made right above your hairline at the temples and follow down your face and in front of or behind your ears. If work is being done on your neck, an incision will also be made under the chin. Dr. Bradley will separate the facial skin from the fat and muscle, and suction or trim the fat. The muscle and SMAS are then tightened and the skin is pulled back and trimmed. Stitches close the incision and secure the underlying tissues. Sometimes a small tube will be placed under the skin behind the ear to drain any blood.
Will I spend the night in your facility or be released after surgery?
This procedure is usually an outpatient procedure.
When can I return to my normal lifestyle?
After a facelift you can expect to return to work within 10 to 14 days, but avoid strenuous exercise for at least 2 weeks. Bruising will be visible for 10 to 14 days.
Will I need a follow-up visit?
With every procedure, Dr. Bradley strives to provide personal follow-up visits to monitor your progress and answer any post-operative questions.