Facial features are the very foundation of your unique appearance. Unfortunately, they are also the most delicate of our features and are susceptible to significant change over time due to things like sun damage, aging, lifestyle and even stress. When wrinkles begin to form on the face, or skin begins to sag, it can reveal your true age, or even worse, cause you to look older than you really are. Facelift surgery is an intricate and comprehensive procedure which can help you regain the features of your youth. As an accomplished facial plastic surgeon in Scottsdale, AZ, Dr. Berardi has help many men and women feel confident in their appearance through the facelift procedure. Read through the paragraphs below to learn more.
A facelift is a procedure which can enhance many features of the face and give you a more youthful, vibrant appearance by eliminating sagging skin. Facelift surgery, which is performed under general anesthesia, begins with an incision within your hairline, follows along the front of the ear and then along the back of the ear. Dr. Berardi then lifts the skin to expose the underlying anatomy. Dr. Berardi will then remove and/or re-arranging underlying tissue while simultaneously lifting it to a higher position on the face. The excess skin that remains will then be removed. The procedure can sometimes be complemented by fat removal or soft tissue augmentation through liposuction surgery and/or fat grafting. A facelift can also be performed in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures, including brow lift, blepharoplasty and necklift in Scottsdale, for an even more comprehensive treatment. Once this is complete, the incision is closed with sutures, and bandages are placed on the face to promote fast, safe healing.
Facelift surgery is an in-depth procedure which requires rest and relaxation afterward. You should expect to experience swelling, bruising and mild discomfort in the days after surgery. Dr. Berardi will provide you with complete post-operative instructions and pain medication to ensure that your recovery is as safe and comfortable as possible. You should keep your head elevated and neck in a neutral position as much as possible, use ice packs and rest for the first few days after surgery. Dr. Berardi will see you for a post-surgical appointment to monitor your recovery, and will advise you on when you can return to work and other routine activities. Strenuous activity — contact sports in particular — should be avoided for six weeks after surgery. Full results from surgery are typically evident about one month after your surgery. After the recovery period is over, patients often report an increased sense of self-confidence thanks to the restoration of their more youthful, attractive facial features.
The typical facelift candidate is an individual who is unhappy with signs of aging that have appeared on the face, including sagging skin of the cheeks and jawline and loss of volume. During a comprehensive consultation, Dr. Berardi will evaluate your bone structure as well as your skin elasticity to determine if you will respond well to treatment. Other factors that will determine if you are a good facelift candidate include being in good general health and not smoking, as smoking can increase the risk of complications. You should also have realistic expectations regarding facelift surgery, and understand that while the procedure can reverse already-existing signs of aging, it cannot stop the aging process altogether. Dr. Berardi will assess your cosmetic needs and goals, as well as your motivations for pursuing surgery, to determine if you are an ideal Scottsdale / Phoenix facelift candidate.
A facelift can turn back the clock, not just on your appearance, but on how you feel overall. Dr. Berardi is well-trained in reconstructive and facial plastic surgery and has the skills and aesthetic eye to create beautiful cosmetic results, without sacrificing your unique characteristics. If you are interested in learning more about facelift with Dr. Berardi, contact our practice today at 480-397-0711 to learn more. Dr. Berardi is dedicated to providing you with an excellent, comfortable surgical experience and is available to answer any of your questions.