Facelifts are a type of procedure used to lift the skin of the jowl, cheeks, and neck in order to receive a more youthful and tightened appearance. During the facelift procedure, a professional will separate the facial skin from the surrounding connective tissue, as well as the muscles underneath.

This is done to reposition the deeper facial tissue to create a firmer foundation than before. Excess skin is then carefully removed. Afterward, the remaining skin is placed over the newly positioned facial tissue. 

Stitches are then placed to keep everything in place. After reading this, you likely have questions. Keep reading to learn about face tightening after a facelift and other common facelift questions.

Will My Face Look Tighter After Facelift Surgery?

Immediately after your facelift, your skin will likely appear tighter than it was before the procedure. This is simply due to the postoperative swelling that occurs. However, as the swelling within your facial area subsides, this tightness will begin to relax.

A skilled plastic surgeon will never pull the skin so tight that it lasts long-term. To ensure your safety, you should look closely at before and after photos that were taken at least six months apart. 

Will a Facelift Fix All My Wrinkles?

Facelifts are well-known due to how well they smooth and tighten skin while effectively smoothing out deeper wrinkles. However, they do not fix expression-based wrinkles, fine lines, smoker’s lines, sun damage, or skin imperfections. 

What Are the Risks of a Facelift?

The complications resulting from facelift surgery are very low. Right now, the complication rate is at 1.8%. The most common risk people deal with is a hematoma or collection of blood underneath the skin.

Don’t fear, though. If you are to develop a hematoma, your doctor will only need to perform a simple procedure to drain the blood. Although rare, some other facelift complications include:

  • Persistent pain
  • Infection
  • Facial nerve injuries
  • Permanent weakness
  • Temporary weakness
  • Numbness
  • Poor wound healing

The best way to avoid any problems is to get in touch with a surgeon who has performed the procedure many times and achieved great success in doing so. Ensure that they operate in an accredited operating room with great safety measures in place. 

If you feel as if you need a facial rejuvenation, get in touch with Julie Edween D.O. today. She will carefully listen to and consider your concerns and explain the procedure that best suits your lifestyle.