Dallas, Texas. Not all face lifts are created equal. The term face lift is, in fact, a misnomer. The modern face lift as Dr. Rohrich performs it is a multiple layer, component procedure that is more than a face lift; it is facial rejuvenation. This means much of the work is done in the deeper structures to lift, reshape, and contour your face and make it look naturally youthful and rested. A face lift can be done alone or in conjunction with other procedures. Dr. Rohrich’s goal is to recontour and restore the sagging deep layers and fat to make them more harmonious with the rest of your face.
Face Lift Surgery
Your visit with Dr. Rohrich will determine if you are a good candidate. If you are in good physical and mental health with reasonable expectations you should be an appropriate candidate. The best candidates for a face lift, are men and woman whose face and neck have begun to sag, but whose skin still has elasticity and whose bone structure is strong and well-defined. Most patients are in their forties to sixties but face lifts can successfully be done on people in their seventies and eighties as well.
A face lift can make you look younger and fresher and may enhance your self-esteem but it won’t give you a totally different look nor can it restore the health and vitality of your youth. Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with Dr. Rohrich.
Face Lift Consultation
Prior to your consultation, Dr. Rohrich recommends that you look in the mirror and list the top three things that bother you about your appearance as well as three things you like. He also suggests you bring photographs of yourself from 10 to 15 years ago. He will have copies made of your photographs during your consultation and return them to you. These will serve as a model for Dr. Rohrich to go by and help him determine which techniques to utilize to restore your current facial features to what they once were.
During your consultation, Dr. Rohrich will evaluate your face, including the skin and underlying bone and request that you make several different expressions so he can view your features as you animate. Afterwards a photographer will take photographs for your medical record and you will meet with Dr. Rohrich’s patient coordinator to discuss surgery fees and scheduling dates. You may also schedule an additional consultation to view computer imaging so that you can visualize the results of each technique that Dr. Rohrich has specifically designed for your surgery.
You should come to the consultation prepared to discuss your medical history. You should provide information about any medical conditions, drug allergies, medical treatments you have received, previous surgeries and medications that you currently take.
How is a Face Lift performed?
face lifts are very individualized procedures. Incisions usually begin above the hairline at the temples, extend in a natural line in front of the ear (or just inside the cartilage at the front of your ear), and continue behind the earlobe to the lower scalp. If the neck needs improvement, a small incision may also be used.
Dr. Rohrich will then separate the skin from the fat and muscle below. Fat may be trimmed around the neck and chin to improve the contour. He will then tighten the underlying muscle and pull the skin back and remove any excess. Sutures secure the layers of tissue and close the incisions. A surgical tissue glue is often used during surgery to stop bleeding and helps to minimize bruising and swelling during recovery.
A small thin drainage tube may be temporarily placed under the skin behind your ear to drain any blood that might collect there. Your head will then be wrapped in bandages to minimize the swelling.
Recovering from Face Lift Surgery
Day 1: You will be in the hotel with a light head dressing which will be removed the same day. You sleep elevated and take antibiotics the first 24 hours only. You will be out of bed that evening and eating clear liquids and fluids.
Day 2: You will be eating a regular diet, up and ambulating frequently. After the 2nd day the dressing will be removed as are the drains in your neck. Your hair will be washed out and you can go home. The only care will be that around your eyes. All of these instructions will be given to you verbally as well as in written format pre-operatively. Dr. Rohrich will provide you his private cell number so that you can call, text, or email him – he will be available for you 24/7.
Day 5: You will return to our clinic to be seen for a follow-up to remove the eyelid sutures and half of the other stitches. Scar management and incision healing management begins with some facial massage therapy to emphasis wound healing. In addition, Dr. Rohrich does a unique growth factor and stem cell tissue glue which is harvested from the patient’s own blood in the operating room. This is used as an internal skin glue to minimize bruising and swelling and allows enhanced wound healing, along with meticulous care.
Day 10: All of the stitches will be removed removed and you may return to work day 10-14.
Week 3: You will be seen again in follow-up appointment.
Month 3: You will be seen again in follow-up appointment and post operative photos will be taken.
Annual: You will come again and visit annually so that Dr. Rohrich can monitor your long term healing and results.
Follow up appointments are all complimentary. Our goal is for you to be happy with your results, and we strive for you to have the optimal outcome possible in your surgery.