Facial Rejuvenation Surgery
Facial rejuvenation surgery encompasses all cosmetic facial procedures that restore a youthful look. Patients can choose any combination of an eyelid lift, facelift, face or neck liposuction, brow lift, chin implant, or cheek implants. Laser resurfacing can also be included to improve the quality of the skin.
Who Can Benefit From Facial Rejuvenation?
Men and women who can benefit from facial rejuvenation can relate to one or more of the following:
- Under-eye bags
- Sagging of the upper eyelids
- Sagging brows
- Deep forehead wrinkles
- Fine lines around the eyes and mouth
- Neck wrinkles and bands
- Excess fat in the face and neck
- Facial hollows or sunken cheeks
- Sagging skin on the face and neck
- Poor skin texture
A facelift tightens the skin and muscles in the lower third of the face and the neck. It combats wrinkles and sagging skin to provide a look that is naturally refreshed, never overdone. A facelift is often the main procedure that accompanies a brow lift, eyelid lift, or facial implants to create the most comprehensive result.
The facelift can be customized to correct any degree of facial sagging and wrinkles. For a full facelift, an incision will be made on either side of the face hiding within your hair or around your ear. The incision begins at the temple, extends down to behind the ear and end at the base of the neck within the hairline. Incisions are closed with sutures.
Patients should plan for at least two weeks off from work following a facelift. After surgery, your face may be wrapped with a dressing, and surgical drains may be present to remove excess fluid for the first night. Patients should keep their head elevated and avoid strenuous activity for several weeks.
Scars from facelift surgery are well-hidden within the hairline and around the ear so you can wear your hair any way that you please!
There is no pain during surgery, as general anesthesia is used. Dr. Sturm will prescribe pain medication to keep you comfortable after surgery.
Heavy eyelids or low brows can be genetic but can also result from the effects of gravity or natural aging. The excess skin in this area can make you appear tired or angry even when you are not, and it can definitely add years to your appearance. The brow lift will tighten the skin and tissues around the eyes to create a more refreshed appearance.
Dr. Sturm performs an endoscopic brow lift using small incisions behind the hairline. A scope allows her to use very small tools to manipulate the tissues and muscles beneath the brows to raise them to a more aesthetically pleasing position.
After surgery, your forehead will have a dressing overnight to minimize swelling. Patients should keep their head elevated and avoid strenuous activity for several weeks.
There will be no visible scarring from the brow lift because incisions are hidden behind the hairline.
General anesthesia is used during surgery; pain medication helps keep patients comfortable after surgery.
Excess skin and fat on the lower or upper eyelids can result from aging or genetics. An eyelid lift, also called blepharoplasty, can be performed on either the upper or lower eyelids—or both—to restore a youthful, well-rested look. It eliminates under-eye bags, can improve wrinkles around the eyes, and tightens the skin of the upper eyelids.
For an upper eyelid lift, the incision is hidden well within the natural crease of the eyelid, and any excess skin is removed. A lower eyelid lift involves an incision just under the lashes on the lower lid. Excess skin and fat are removed for a smooth appearance.
Bruising and swelling are normal after surgery and will last about one week. After surgery, you will have lubricant on the sutures and in the eyes to keep them moist, so your vision may be a bit blurry for a day or two. Other than that, your vision will be normal. Some patients feel comfortable appearing in public after a few days with sunglasses, while others prefer two full weeks to recover.
Scars from either upper or lower eyelid lift heal very well and are hidden within the folds of the skin and along the lash line.
Blepharoplasty can be performed under “twilight” sedation or local anesthesia. Discomfort is minimal. Patients experience some bruising and swelling around the eyes after surgery that dissipates once the sutures are removed about one week later. Cold compresses and lubricating ointment help keep pain or irritation to a minimum.
Face and Neck Liposuction
Excess fat in the neck contributes to an unwanted double chin that is often difficult to improve with weight loss. Excess facial fat due to genetics can also make you appear heavier than you are. Face or neck liposuction can reduce fat in these areas so that your face appears more slender and proportionate to your other features.
Dr. Sturm will make very small incisions beneath the chin and behind each earlobe. Excess fat is removed with the liposuction device, and the incisions are closed with sutures. If there is excess skin in the area, a facelift usually accompanies face and neck liposuction.
Recovery from face and neck liposuction is typically one week. You will have a dressing the first night. Then, you will wear a sling that looks like a headband all the time for the first week and just at night for two weeks after that to help the skin adhere to your improved contours.
Scarring is minimal, as the incisions are less than an inch in length. The scars are hidden well and will fade significantly with time.
There is no pain during surgery, as general anesthesia is used. Patients can control post-surgery discomfort with pain medication.
When distributed in the right places, facial volume can add youthful definition to your appearance. Restoring lost volume with cheek implants or facial fillers (short term) can lift the midface and improve the nasolabial folds that manifest when natural facial fat has descended.
Cheek implants are inserted through an incision in the mouth between the cheek and gums. Once Dr. Sturm ensures that the implants are even and proportionate, the incisions are closed with dissolvable sutures. The entire procedure is usually completed an hour or so.
There will be some swelling and tightness after surgery. The cheeks will feel tight but not bothersome for a couple of weeks. The swelling gets better over several weeks, but most people are able to go back to work and social activities in a week without anyone knowing that they have had surgery, just that they look good! Sutures are dissolvable and will not need to be removed.
To avoid visible scarring, Dr. Sturm inserts the cheek implants through the mouth between the gums and cheek. The incisions heal quickly since they are within the mouth.
General anesthesia is used during surgery, so patients will not feel any pain. After surgery, patients can maintain any discomfort with prescribed pain medication.
Although a seemingly small change, a chin implant can significantly improve the entire facial appearance. A nose that is too large or otherwise disproportionate can appear to be smaller or more aesthetically pleasing once a chin implant is placed. Those who have a small or weak chin can create a more attractive profile as they add youthful definition to the entire face.
Chin implantation is a relatively simple procedure that uses an incision within the mouth. This technique allows a small, precise pocket for the implant to be created.
Patients will wear a bandage for five days following surgery and will be instructed to eat soft foods for the first week. After a few weeks, patients cannot even feel the implant.
There will be no visible scarring since the incision for the implant is typically made within the mouth.
There is no pain during surgery with the use of general anesthesia. Mild discomfort after surgery can be managed with pain medication that Dr. Sturm can prescribe.