A facelift elevates and anchors deep tissues and skin in the lower face and neck. This can improve the appearance of jowls, loose skin in the lower neck and face, and platysmal bands that create vertical lines in the neck. It can also improve the contour of the middle portion of the face, called the midface. The goal is to achieve an overall more pleasant, refreshed, and youthful appearance. Because everyone ages differently and has different goals for facial rejuvenation, Dr. Irvine uses an individualized approach to analyze and correct age-related changes. Facelift incisions are well hidden in natural skin creases and hair bearing areas in front of and behind the ears. Often, a laser skin treatment is recommended in conjunction with a facelift to improve the results, tighten skin, and help with the fine lines that a facelift does not treat.
Recovery after facelift usually takes about 2 weeks. After this time, most patients return to work. The scars may remain red for approximately six weeks to three months. Swelling can last anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks depending on individual anatomy and physiology.
Recovery after brow lift usually takes about 1-2 weeks. After this time, most patients return to work. Swelling and bruising can last anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks depending on individual anatomy and physiology.
Recovery after buccal fat removal usually takes a few days. Patients can return to work the day after or within the first few days of surgery. Swelling can last up to 1-2 weeks depending on individual anatomy and physiology.
Fillers are injected in the office using only topical and/or local anesthesia. There is no down time and patients can return to work immediately with the caveat that no make up can be worn over the injection sites until the following day.
Swelling and bruising of the fat injection sites usually lasts 1-2 weeks depending on patient age and the amount of fat injected. After this time patients can return to work.
CO2 laser resurfacing treats wrinkles which are present at rest and also treats the vertical lines around the mouth and wrinkles in the lower face that cannot be safely addressed with neuromodulators like botox® alone. A laser treatment can be done in the office using topical numbing cream, or it can be done in the operating room under general anesthesia. It is often performed at the time of a facelift to address the fine skin lines that cannot be improved with a facelift alone. Patients may require several treatments to achieve the desired result. It is critical to be on a good skin care regimen before and after a laser treatment and to avoid all sun exposure before and after. During a consultation with Dr. Irvine, she will discuss whether this powerful treatment is right for you and your skin type.
Recovery time varies based on the intensity and depth of the laser and ranges from 1-2 weeks. Slight redness of the face can last for 3-4 months.