You have put so much effort into losing weight, and you have definitely lost both pounds and inches. But often, an unfortunate side effect of losing weight is sagging skin – which you can’t get rid of with a workout regimen. If that sagging skin is on your face it can be especially frustrating. If you’ve lost a lot of weight but the excess skin remains, you may want to consider a facelift!
How can a facelift help?
When a person in his or her 20s loses weight, it doesn’t affect their skin as much – when you are that young, your skin has a lot of elasticity and can snap back into place, even after it’s been stretched out. As we age we lose that elasticity, and when we lose weight the excess skin remains, resulting in sagging skin, deep folds in the face, a double chin, jowls that droop, a “turkey neck,” and/or a mouth that looks permanently downturned.
In a facelift procedure, excess skin is removed, and the tissue that remains is recontoured and “redraped” for a smooth, wrinkle-free, tightened appearance. You can have other procedures done at the same time as your facelift, such as eyelid surgery – you and your doctor can discuss your options and what procedures might be right for you according to what you hope to achieve.
A facelift is performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation, and it takes about 3 to 4 hours (unless it is combined with another procedure). Side effects of a facelift include bruising and swelling, which can last for a couple of weeks – patients may choose to take about 2 weeks off of work while they recover. Many people see the results of their facelift last for 7 to 10 years.
You have been eating a healthy diet for years, and you’ve practically been living at the gym – it’s not fair that your face still shows signs of being overweight. But you don’t have to live with it – contact the office of Phillip Dahan, MD, FACS, in Reno, NV, for a facelift consultation. Call 775-826-4477 for an appointment today!