Des Moines Facelift Surgeon
As part of the natural aging process, your skin will begin to lose some of its elasticity and begin to loosen. If you have spent a lot of time in the sun throughout your life, this may be especially noticeable. With that in mind, many people undergo neck and facelift procedures in order to tighten the skin and deeper tissues of the neck and face to reduce the visible signs of aging.
At Bergman Folkers Plastic Surgery, our Des Moines cosmetic surgeons utilize the Natural Vector Facelift—a patented technique created by Dr. Foglietti, whom Dr. Folkers trained with—which returns a youthful and natural appearance to patients.
Facelift Procedures in Our Des Moines Offices
With the Natural Vector Technique, our Des Moines cosmetic surgeons tighten the superficial muscular aponeurotic system (SMAS) of the face and neck in multiple natural vectors. The surgery itself takes place in a Des Moines surgery center and takes approximately four hours. In many instances, our patients elect to undergo the following facial procedures in conjunction with their facelift:
- Neck Lift
- Brow Lifts
- Eyelid Surgery
There is very little pain associated with this procedure and the recovery is commonly very quick. However, should a concern or question ever arise throughout the recovery process, our surgeons are available to you 24/7.
How do I know if I am a good candidate for a facelift?
If the skin on your face and neck has lost elasticity and has begun to sag, then you are probably a good candidate for a facelift. It is also important for a facelift patient to be in good health. If a person has an existing medical condition that could interfere and cause complications with the facelift procedure, then the cosmetic surgeon may choose to not go through with the facelift. The best candidates are non-smokers who are within 10 pounds of their ideal weight. Someone with a fluctuating weight or someone who wishes to lose a substantial amount of weight will not make a good facelift candidate, as weight loss can greatly affect face shape. Lastly, the best candidates for any cosmetic surgery have a positive outlook and realistic expectations.
What is recovery like after a facelift?
In the hours and days after a facelift, you are likely to experience some discomfort. Your doctor may prescribe you painkillers and antibiotics to help you deal with the discomfort and to lessen the chance of infection. Within two days, you should be up and about and able to complete simple tasks such as washing your hair. You may experience bruising and swelling, which is very normal and is not an indication of how your face will look in the long run. Recovery time can vary from patient to patient, but in general, you should be fully healed in one to four months.
How should I prepare for my facelift?
The most important thing you can do to prepare for your facelift is to clearly communicate with your surgeon what you hope to get out of the procedure. Be sure to ask your cosmetic surgeon any and all questions you have before surgery, and make sure you are aware of any potential risks. Your doctor will also give you detailed instructions if you need to avoid certain foods or medications in the days or hours leading up to your surgery. Your surgeon may also ask you to avoid alcohol prior to your surgery. The surgeons at Bergman Folkers Plastic Surgery will always be thorough in our pre-surgery instructions and will provide you with all the information you need.
Consult with Our Des Moines Facelift Experts
If you would like to learn more about the services we offer in Des Moines, one of our Des Moines cosmetic surgeons at Bergman Folkers Plastic Surgery would be happy to answer any and all of your questions during a consultation. To schedule a consultation with one of our cosmetic surgeons in Des Moines, please call our office at (515) 222-1111 today.