WHAT TO EXPECT
Face lifts can be performed in either a hospital or in an outpatient surgical facility. They are either done with sedation and local anesthesia or general anesthesia. The procedure itself involves elevating the skin and tightening the underlying tissues and muscles. During the procedure, fat may be removed, sculpted, or redistributed, and skin is then The surgeon will either utilize local anesthesia and sedation to leave you awake but numb during the procedure or general anesthesia to leave you completely asleep. After the anesthesia is applied, the doctor makes the incision strategically so as to conceal the resultant scar within the natural creases of the eyelid. Through this incision, the doctor can then removal or reposition fat deposits, tighten muscles, and remove excess skin. Once the surgery is complete, the doctor closes the incision with sutures or skin glue. Sutures are then typically removed within a week.
Patients may see swelling, bruising, irritation, dry eyes, and discomfort in the initial stages of healing, but this can be mitigated with medication, cold compresses, and ointment. Your doctor will advise that you refrain from allowing sunlight to touch your eyes after surgery and they will recommend darkly tinted sunglasses until the healing process is complete.