Facelift Fort Worth
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A facelift is a surgical procedure to rejuvenate the face and neck by improving visible signs of aging. As you experience signs of aging, the skin and muscles of the face begin to lose tone and elasticity. You may also have a loss of fat on the face. A facelift in Fort Worth can improve the most visible signs of aging by tightening deeper structures, redraping the skin of the face and neck, removing selected areas of fat, or replacing fat that has been lost.
Dr. Lovelace is the most exceptional surgeon. I had weight loss surgery 2 years ago and needed several skin removal and breast surgeries, came to Dr. Lovelace for 3 separate surgeries so far, thigh lift, full tummy tuck, and breast augmentation/lift. Face lift next on the list. She has even called me on a weekend to check on me which most physicians/surgeons never do. Her and her staff are just incredible, all are very knowledgeable, friendly, and very supportive in your endeavor she takes her time with every patient never makes you feel pushed out the door, all questions are answered. Her office is clean, cheerful, and very easy to find and access. I feel like family/close friend to her and her staff over the year long processes I have been through with her. Her work she did is exceptional, she helped me in every way possible and made me feel whole again and l absolutely would recommend her to anyone having any type of work done. She is an amazing surgeon, love her and her skills. Dr. Lovelace came highly recommended to me, and she will be highly recommended by me as well. You will never go wrong with Dr. Lovelace
How much pain will I have?
After undergoing facelift surgery, you’ll likely experience a moderate to high degree of discomfort. We’ll provide you with post-surgical instructions and medication to help you feel comfortable as you progress through the recovery phase of the procedure.
What will my facelift consultation be like?
Your initial consultation with Dr. Lovelace will include determining if you are an ideal candidate for a facelift. Dr. Lovelace will ask about your medical history, and she will assess your facial folds and wrinkles, bone structure, skin elasticity, and hairline to help create a surgical plan. You will also discuss expectations about the procedure’s results and take your “before” photos.
Once you’ve decided to get a facelift, Dr. Lovelace will give you a list of things to do to prepare for the procedure. She will also discuss the steps involved in a facelift, help you set realistic cosmetic goals, and give you an estimate of how much the surgery will cost.
What is the facelift procedure like?
Facelifts can be done awake or under anesthesia. Dr. Lovelace will evaluate you to see which option you are a candidate for. During a facelift, Dr. Lovelace will make incisions, usually around the ears or hairline, and sometimes in the scalp. There are also techniques to improve laxity which are minimally invasive.
The skin will be elevated. Excess skin will be removed, and muscles will be tightened. Excess fat around the neck and face may be removed, moved, or sculpted. The surgeon will re-drape the skin and then close the incisions with sutures.
What is the cost of a facelift?
A price quote detailing fees for the facility, anesthesia, and surgeon will be given at the consultation. Other factors that may affect the cost of the facelift include techniques used and medical tests performed.
What is the surgery time?
The procedure takes several hours. Dr. Lovelace performs more awake in-clinic facelifts than hospital facelifts. You will either go home the same day or stay overnight in the hospital depending on your individual needs.
What medications should I take or avoid taking with my surgery?
You should not take any blood thinners or anti-inflammatory medications for a week before your procedure, and you should hold all over the counter supplements a week before surgery. This will help reduce the risk of bleeding intraoperatively, and help reduce the risk of postoperative hematoma (collection of blood).
If blood thinners are prescribed for you by your cardiologist or primary care physician, you should get clearance from them to hold these medications before they are discontinued. You should hold all hormones 6 weeks before surgery.
Birth control pills should be held 6 weeks before surgery as well. Of course, you should make sure to use alternative forms of birth control during and after this time. Hormones and birth control pills put you at a higher risk of blood clots. These clots can go to your lungs and cause serious illness or even death. We call this a pulmonary embolism.
Steroids should be weaned off at least a month before your surgery, and this weaning process should be set up and cleared by your prescribing physician. Dr. Lovelace and the staff will go through your list of medications, and let you know what exactly you need to do with those medications preoperatively. Make sure that you bring all of your medications with you to your consultation.
You will usually be given your prescriptions for your postoperative medication on your preoperative visit so that they can be filled and at your house when you get home from surgery.
Will I need clearances from any other physicians?
Depending on your age and medical issues, Dr. Lovelace and her staff will set you up with your primary care physician, cardiologist, etc. for clearance prior to your surgery. At that time any necessary labs, EKGs, or chest x-rays will be done.
What to Expect During Recovery?
Sutures are usually dissolvable, but if some are left in place, they will normally be removed within 5-7 days after your procedure. Most patients return to non-strenuous work 7-10 days following surgery. Swelling, bruising, and soreness are typically gone within 2-3 weeks. Strenuous activities can be resumed at approximately 6-8 weeks after surgery. Your scars will lighten and fade from 3 months to 2 years.
What are the risks?
The risks of a facelift include bleeding, infection, scarring, hematoma, seroma, need for drains, hair loss, asymmetry, poor cosmesis, need for further surgery, contour irregularities, suture breakage, skin necrosis, dehiscence, weight gain/loss/pregnancy can change the result, nerve/vessel/muscle/airway injury, numbness, poor movement, bruising, chemosis, globe injury, visibility/palpability of product/suture, cardiac/pulmonary/stroke/DVT/PE events, death, etc.
Am I a Candidate for Facelift Surgery?
During a consultation, we’ll discuss your medical history and talk about your aesthetic goals.
Contact Our Office
If you’re interested in learning more about facelifts in Fort Worth, contact our office to schedule a consultation today. Dr. Candis Lovelace is a highly-skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon who can help you achieve your aesthetic goals with safe and effective surgical procedures.