Performed as an outpatient, the facelift is a procedure with little discomfort, usually described as “tightness”. Incisions are made in areas easily camouflaged along the hairline in the temple, then within the crease of the ear, extending around the earlobe to the back of the ear and into the hairline in the back of the neck. The deep tissues and muscles are lifted, the skin is re-draped, then the excess skin is excised. The incisions are then sutured. The goal is to tighten to the point of looking naturally younger – avoiding the operated look. Incision lines may be altered to fit your individual needs – this can be discussed at the time of your consultation or pre-operative appointment.
No hair is shaved in preparation for this procedure, and because we use surgical clips to close most of the wounds, you are able to wash your hair the day after surgery. In fact, we recommend you do so. You will be provided with detailed post-operative instructions.
Patients are generally able to return to normal activities 3 weeks after surgery. Discoloration usually subsides after 10-14 days and makeup may be worn 4-5 days after surgery. Out of town patients should plan to stay in Naples for approximately 14 days after surgery. Our office will arrange local accommodations if requested to do so. We also have overnight accommodations available at a local personal care residence.