Facelift in Biloxi, MS
If you are bothered by the visible signs of aging on your face, a facelift offers a way to look and feel younger. Michael Diaz, M.D., F.A.C.S., performs facelifts in Biloxi, MS, on men and women living in Mobile, Ocean Springs, Gulfport and the surrounding communities of Mississippi to improve visible signs of aging on the face and neck to create a smoother face and a rejuvenated appearance.
What is a Facelift?
A facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is a plastic surgery procedure that gently pulls facial skin back to smooth the complexion and restore a more youthful expression. To achieve an overall younger look, a facelift may involve removing excess skin and tightening up the underlying tissue and facial muscles. Once this is complete, the skin is placed on the face to look smoother without any sagging. Facelifts are performed once medical spa treatments have achieved all they can.
The Best Candidates for a Facelift
The best candidates for a facelift have excess skin that sags. They often choose a facelift if dermal fillers and Injectables do not offer the desired results. It is necessary that patients be in good health and have a sound understanding as to the possible results.
Planning for Your Facelift
The first step in planning for your facelift is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Diaz to talk about what you want to change and to give him an opportunity to evaluate your face to determine if a facelift or another treatment or procedure is the best option to achieve your desired look.
A facelift is considered major surgery and involves some recovery. This makes it necessary to plan for time away from work and other activities that can increase recovery time.
Preparing for Your Facelift
To prepare for your facelift, you must have an overall health check-up as well as blood work to ensure there are no underlying conditions that can be negatively affected by surgery. Additionally, if you smoke, it is highly recommended you stop a few weeks prior to your facelift as it slows recovery and may affect the results. It is also advisable to avoid any medications or supplements that thin the blood to reduce bruising and excessive bleeding.
Types of Anesthesia
With facial surgery, it is important that patients be as relaxed and still as possible so anesthesia can be administered. The type of anesthesia depends on the procedure and is either general anesthesia or local with sedation.
General anesthesia. General anesthesia renders patients unconscious during the surgery and unable to feel anything. Medications are given intravenously and through inhalation.
Local with sedation. If local anesthesia with sedation is used, the treatment area is numbed so that there is no feeling while the surgery takes place. Additionally, patients are given sedation to put them in what is commonly called “twilight” sleep so that they are extremely relaxed.
Facelifts are performed based on the extent of any changes you want. The options include a traditional facelift or a limited incision facelift.
Traditional facelift. With a traditional facelift, the incision is typically made in the hairline at the temples and continues around the ear and down to the lower scalp. If necessary, Dr. Diaz may take fat from the face, jowls, and neck as well as reposition underlying tissue, and lift deeper layers of the face and the muscles to smooth and tighten the face.
Limited incision facelift. This method, also known as a mini facelift, uses shorter incisions at the temples, continuing around the ear and, if necessary, the lower eyelids or under the upper lip.
Once that is done, the skin is repositioned over the corrected facial area trimming away excess skin. If the sagging extends to the chin and jawline, it may be necessary to make an incision under the chin to smooth that area. As soon as the procedure is complete, Dr. Diaz closes the incisions with sutures or skin adhesives.
After Your Facelift
Once the surgery is complete, and the incisions are closed, we gently bandage your face to minimize swelling and bruising. We may insert a thin cannula to allow excess blood and fluid to drain. We provide you with detailed instructions about how to care for the surgical site, what medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection, and what specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in overall health.
Additionally, we tell you when to follow up for overall evaluations of the healing and recovery process.
How Much Does a Facelift Cost in Mississippi?
The cost of a facelift is different with each patient as it depends on the extent of the corrections to be made and whether other procedures and treatments are performed at the same time. We can discuss the cost with you as well as our payment options during your consultation. We accept cash, personal checks, and credit cards in addition to offering financing through CareCredit®.
Getting Back to Normal After a Facelift
After the healing is completed, the incision lines are hidden within the hairline and the natural contours of the face and ear. The swelling may take up to six months to fully go away as may the incision lines to be virtually undetectable. Noticeable improvements begin to reveal themselves as the swelling and bruising subside.
Your New Look
The results from a facelift are enhanced by maintaining sun protection when outside to prevent sun damage. Your results should last between five and 10 years depending on how well you take care of your skin.
If you live in or around Mobile, Ocean Springs, Gulfport and the surrounding communities of Mississippi and are looking for a board-certified plastic surgeon to perform facelifts and other facial surgery, contact Michael Diaz, M.D., F.A.C.S. in Biloxi, MS, today to set up an appointment.
Michael Diaz, M.D., F.A.C.S.
936 Tommy Munro Dr.
Biloxi, MS 39532