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Facial rejuvenation procedures have evolved tremendously in the last 10 years. Dr. de Ramon custom designs your facelift procedure based on your anatomy, your state of health, your concerns, and your time available for recovery. He considers the latest advancements and techniques combined with those procedures that have stood the test of time and are known to achieve lasting results. Procedures including full face lift, mini-face lift, S-lift, mid-face lift, neck lift, brow lift, eyelid tuck, collagen induction therapy, chemical peels, laser destruction of facial spider veins, laser destruction of red or brown blemishes, photofacials, and dermabrasion can be combined, used individually, or sequenced to provide true natural appearing rejuvenation.


Facelift (Rhytidectomy)

As people age, the effects of gravity, sun exposure and other stresses can show up on the face as wrinkles and loose and sagging skin. A facelift allows patients to "reverse time" by improving most visible signs of an aging face. A facelift removes excess skin and fat, tightens underlying muscles and redrapes the skin of the face and neck.


A facelift can make men and women look younger and fresher and it may increase self-confidence. However, it does not totally change your look or restore the health and vitality of youth. Most patients who receive facelifts that live in the Harrisburg and Central PA area are in their forties to sixties, although facelifts can be done on seventy and eighty year olds.


There are many things to consider prior to having a facelift.


During the consultation, Dr. de Ramon reviews your medical history, discusses your concerns and goals and will do a physical exam. There is opportunity for questions and an explanation of the procedure(s). A second consult is recommended for final questions and to develop the final surgical plan. Insurance does not cover a facelift since it is considered a cosmetic procedure. Patients normally stay in the hospital overnight after a facelift. Facelift surgery is normally done as an outpatient at either PinnacleHealth Harrisburg area hospitals or at the Cumberland Surgery Center in Mechanicsburg. Patients should plan on spending one or two weeks recovering and will have bruising and swelling post-operatively for about two weeks. Full recovery should take about 4-6 weeks. Although the surgery and recovery can be difficult, most patients are very pleased with the final results of their facelift.


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What Is a Facelift?

A facelift, or "rhytidectomy," is a surgical procedure designed to improve the most visible signs of the aging process by eliminating excess fat, tightening the muscles beneath the skin of the neck, and removing sagging skin. It doesn't stop the aging process but merely "sets the clock back."


What Is Submusclar Aponeurotic System?

The SMAS is a layer beneath the skin that invests the facial muscles. By tightening the SMAS, the jowls are lifted, the neck is tightened, and the cheeks are elevated. This "deep" or "two-layer" facelift is an improvement over earlier skin-only techniques.


How Long Does a Facelift Last?

No one can say for sure. The clock is turned back but keeps on running. Ten years later, you will look better than if you never had surgery. Many patients never have a second lift, while others may desire further surgery seven to 15 years later.


Can Surgery Be Done Without Scars?

The scars from facelift surgery usually fade and are barely perceptible. In some patients, especially younger ones, endoscopic surgery can be used to lift the eyebrows, remove frown lines, elevate the cheek and jowls, and tighten the neck. This endoscopic surgery can be done with tiny scars. However, if there is excessive skin, it must be removed for the best results through standard facelift incisions.


How Long Will I Be Out From Work?

Most patients are able to return to work in two to three weeks. You should allow four to eight weeks before major social engagements.


How Can I Hide Things During the Time Until I Return to Normal?

Your surgeon will discuss post-operative camouflage techniques with you prior to your surgery, but be assured that while almost everyone has some sort of temporary side effect such as bruising and swelling, there are makeup techniques that both men and women can use almost immediately to disguise them. Generally speaking, makeup techniques can be used soon after surgery to cover discolorations, and to hide incision lines after the stitches have been removed and the incision is completely closed. Camouflage cosmetics include three basic types of products: concealers to hide incision lines and discolorations; contour shadows to disguise swelling; and color correctors to neutralize color in reddened skin.


Color correctors disguise yellowish discolorations or the pinkness that follows chemical peel and dermabrasion. Lavender neutralizes or removes yellow, and green has a similar effect on red. It will take a little patience and practice to master camouflage techniques, but most post-op patients feel it's well worth the effort.