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Woman with Gray Hair

Full Facelift

A “full “ facelift means the entire face is lifted. This means your forehead, brows, eyes, jawline and neck. But a full facelift isn’t just one surgery. Since you’re lifting the entire face, different surgeries are indicated for specific anatomic areas. If your brows are descending, then you will need a browlift as part of your overall “full facelift.”  If your upper eyelid skin is sagging and hanging over your eyes, you will benefit from an upper blepharoplasty. Similarly, if you have bags under your eyes, you may consider a lower blepharoplasty to suspend the lower eyes. Jowling and loose neck skin are addressed with a rhytidectomy, or facelift. Rhytidectomy delivers the most dramatic result because it is resuspending deep muscular-fascia of your face (the SMAS) to rejuvenate your jawline and remove excess skin.

When To Consider A Full Facelift

A full facelift requires a longer recovery since you'll have more swelling and bruising. Pain isn't significant  with this surgery although many complain of tightness or soreness, but rarely major pain. You may have trouble opening your eyes in the first few days after a full facelift (or if you have laser treatment around your eyes) due to the swelling. A full facelift demands more wound care actions since there are more incisions to care for.  You may see slightly longer swelling and bruising, in general, you can return to full duty and exercise in about two weeks. Most patients can return to work or into the public after one week. 

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