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Smiling womanFace lift surgery can deliver truly transformative results, and at our Buffalo practice, we have had the pleasure of performing many such transformations. However, a face lift is an invasive procedure, and we caution all of our prospective patients on the potential risks and benefits of face lift surgery. We believe that our patients shouldn't make a decision on plastic surgery until they weighs the risks and benefits, and determine if treatment is right for them. Making informed decisions allows an individual to be both better prepared for his or her surgery as well as more aware of the possible complications and expectant results.

For more detailed information on face lift surgery, please contact our Buffalo plastic surgery practice today; for an overview that will likely address many of your primary questions, please read below. Led by esteemed plastic surgeon David Sherris, our team is experienced and compassionate and would be honored to work with you. Dr. Sherris is a world renowned Facial Plastic Surgeon who performs procedures on the face and neck exclusively.

Face Lift Surgery - The Procedure

Monitored Anesthesia Care (MAC) or general anesthesia may be used for face lift surgery; which type is selected will depend on the patient's needs and the scope of his or her procedure. Once anesthetized, the incision will be made in the hairline, within the ear, and behind the ear. These incisions, also called post tragal incisions, leave the least visible scars. In men, the incision is placed in front of the ear to avoid bringing the hair bearing cheek skin onto the ear.

When the appropriate amount of tissue has been tightened and removed and the skin has been repositioned the skin will be held in place temporarily with stitches or staples so that it can properly heal. After the procedure is complete, the face and head will be wrapped in compression bandages to help prevent excessive swelling and promote healing, and pain medications will be prescribed. A drainage tube may also be utilized to rid the facial area of excess blood or fluid. Full recovery can take up to a year, but the patient can return to work and normal activities typically 10-14 after surgery, and will have his or her staples (or stitches) removed about 10 days after surgery. By three weeks after surgery 75% of swelling is typically gone, and at 3 months 90% is resolved. Yet, patients may notice subtle changes for 6 to 12 months.

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Risks and Benefits

The benefits of face lift surgery are numerous, and include improved self-confidence, greater self-esteem, a more youthful, healthier appearance, and a more outgoing, social demeanor around friends, family, and strangers. We know firsthand how beneficial a face lift can be; our Buffalo team is lucky to work with individuals on a daily basis - former patients as well as patients in the midst of their recovery - that remark on how much of a positive impact facial cosmetic surgery has had on their life. If you have considered a face lift and are wondering if it's right for you, we would be happy to speak with you regarding your wishes and goals.

It is important to note that face lift surgery is invasive, and as is the case with all surgical procedures, there are some risks that should be taken into consideration. Though risks can be greatly mitigated with experience, knowledge, and the highest standard of patient care, they do include excessive bleeding, swelling, adverse reaction to anesthesia, conspicuous scarring, skin or hair loss, skin discoloration, infection, permanent or temporary numbness, permanent or temporary abnormal sensations (paresthesias), permanent or temporary facial paralysis, and the possibility for the development of a hematoma (or bleeding beneath the skin).

Learn More about Face Lift Surgery - Contact Us

We encourage you to contact Clinic of Facial Plastic Surgery today if you would like to learn more about, or schedule a consultation regarding, face lift surgery. Our Buffalo practice is conveniently located for individuals in Western New York, including Niagara Falls, and Ontario, Canada.

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"It is my mission to provide our patients with the most knowledgeable, expert care available combined with an eye for artistry.”

David A. Sherris, MD

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