It is not uncommon to experience signs of aging such as deep folds, heavy jowls, and sagging skin following extensive weight loss. This may be targeted in various ways from the use of dermal fillers to a full facelift or a combination of both. These procedures are often combined with procedures to rejuvenate the eyes and/or brow at the same time.
A conventional facelift involves altering the skin that covers your face and neck. While you are under anesthesia, Dr. McCormack will reposition the skin and fat deposits of your face and neck to produce a younger, rejuvenated appearance. Most sutures will be removed after five to seven days, and you will probably be able to go back to work about two weeks after facelift surgery. Your new appearance will start to become apparent about three weeks after the surgery, with full recovery taking place within about three months.
You should have any medical problems such as diabetes or high blood pressure well controlled with medication before considering this procedure to minimize potential complications such as a hematoma (bleeding within the surgical site) or wound healing problems. Your protein, vitamin, and mineral levels should also be optimized to reduce any wound healing complications. Dr. McCormack will provide Arnica and Bromilene supplements to aid in your healing and reduce bruising and swelling.