Facelift Surgery in Lexington, Kentucky

As we age, it’s common to look in the mirror and see an increasing number of attributes we might like to refine. A few too many wrinkles around the eyes, brow lines that are getting deeper, lips that are thinning out…you know what we mean! Many non-invasive methods of facial rejuvenation are available today, but few can achieve the long-lasting results that a facelift can. If you are a woman or man over the age of 40 who is experiencing the effects of aging and seek a natural looking result similar to the appearance you had five to ten years ago, then perhaps facial rejuvenation surgery is a good option for you. Our goals in reversing the effects of facial aging are to restore firmness, eliminate sagging skin, and to provide a more youthful appearance.

Many patients are concerned that a facelift will leave them looking unnatural or “pulled.” Dr. Gerstle could not agree more that a facelift should leave patients looking more fresh, contoured, and natural rather than like an strange, masked version of their former selves.

The hallmark of a great facelift is when your friends or acquaintances start saying things like, “Wow, you’re really looking great these days!” They will notice that something is different, but it won’t be so dramatic that you look like you’ve had surgery. The result is natural—but noticeable.

To find out more about Facelift surgery at Lexington Plastic Surgery, PLLC, request a consultation or call (859) 279-2111.


Facelift Surgery Safety

While the facelift procedure is considered to be very safe, it is still a major surgery that carries some risk. If you’ve had prior issues with anesthesia, make sure to discuss this with Dr. Gerstle. In general, you should have good overall health, be a non-smoker or abstinent from nicotine for 6 weeks prior to and following surgery, and be psychologically stable with a realistic view of what facelift surgery can and cannot accomplish.

Certain medications such as blood thinners may need to be paused before the surgery to avoid excess bleeding.

Rare complications of facelift surgery include infection, nerve injury, scarring, prolonged swelling, and temporary or permanent hair loss at the incision sites. Talk with Dr. Gerstle about any concerns you may have. He has performed thousands of facelifts over the course of his career, and he can set your mind at ease, or help you choose a more conservative treatment to start with if you are not ready for a facelift.

The Facelift Procedure

Depending on the extent of the procedure along with other factors, you will likely be put under general anesthesia for the duration of the surgery. In some cases, local anesthesia is also an option.

Dr. Gerstle will make several incisions–again, depending on the nature of your procedure. Typically the incision will be inside and behind the ear. Once the incision sites have been opened, the doctor will begin to remove or redistribute facial fat, remove excess skin, and tighten the muscles that are relevant to the outcomes you’ve discussed. The whole procedure usually takes anywhere from three to five hours.

Most patients can return home later that day. We ask patients who are traveling from out of town to stay for a night at a local hotel so that Dr. Gerstle can examine you at your post-operative appointment the following day, prior to your return home.

Facelift Post Op

After surgery, there will be a thin tube called a drain placed under the skin to collect any fluid that might result from the procedure. Before you return home, you will receive any necessary discharge instructions particular to your case. It is normal for bruising to last for up to three weeks. Dr. Gerstle recommends taking it easy for the first week or two after the surgery, but most patients are ready to return to work in about three weeks. If he placed a drain, it is usually removed the day after surgery. You’ll have a follow-up appointment the day after the surgery, during which time you and Dr. Gerstle will discuss any necessary further appointments or follow-up treatments. Regardless of the timing of your scheduled appointments, Dr. Gerstle is always available for any questions or concerns via his personal cell phone and email.

Self-care is very important during the weeks following your surgery. Ask close friends or family to stop by to check in on you or cook a meal. Podcasts, audio books, or that series you always meant to binge will definitely come in handy! Obviously, always keep your phone and charger nearby along with your medications, gauze and clean towels, and a thermometer to occasionally check for a fever in the days following your surgery.

What is a Facelift?

A facelift (or rhytidectomy) is a surgical procedure that creates a more youthful facial appearance by removal of excess skin from the face and neck, tightening muscles, re-draping the facial skin over the improved underlying facial structures, and adding back fat for lost volume in certain cases.

As a result of the procedure, deep lines and wrinkles are smoothed out, facial contour is sleeker and more defined, droopy excess skin is removed, and muscles that have lost their tone are tightened. Jowls are improved, marionette lines and nasolabial folds between the nose and mouth are partially resolved, and forehead lines are smoothed and tightened. Redundant skin of the neck and double chins are eliminated.

The goal of a facelift is to restore a younger look, not to radically change your face’s appearance. While a facelift can last for up to ten years, you will, of course, continue to age over the lifetime of the procedure’s results and may from time to time desire minor, more focused treatments to maintain the best possible results.

The New You—Working With Dr. Gerstle

We invite you to experience us firsthand by scheduling an appointment to speak with Dr. Gerstle personally about your goals and how we might be able to help you achieve them. We will be happy to provide you with before and after photos of Dr. Gerstle’s long list of very happy patients!

During your confidential consultation with Dr. Gerstle, he will first review your medical history and determine if undergoing facelift surgery is safe for you. If there are any concerns with pre-existing conditions or lifestyle factors, the doctor may order tests to get some objective feedback on where you stand from a clinical perspective. Once Dr. Gerstle gives you the all clear, you can discuss specific areas of concern and get his feedback on the best ways to address them. Dr. Gerstle will then utilize your input to create a computer-generated model using your own photographs to demonstrate the results that you can expect. After this is complete, the two of you can develop the plan to achieve the look you desire.

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