Is a Weekend Facelift Right For You?

A facelift helps men and women regain a youthful look by addressing loose skin on the lower face and neck. The surgery involves general anesthesia and incisions that are made from the hairline along the temple, passing the front of the ears, and then behind the ears. After approximately two hours, the surgery is complete, and the patient goes to recovery before heading home. At home the recovery time can take up to 14 days.

A weekend lift is a quicker process that addresses some of the same concerns, but the recovery time is shorter. The appeal of having a shorter recovery makes this a popular procedure with both men and women.

Issues Corrected by a Weekend Lift

While a facelift addresses loose skin on the lower cheeks, jawline, and neck, a weekend lift is best for reducing the appearance of jowls. Jowls are the sagging portions of flesh found on the lower cheeks and jaw. The weekend lift does not address the neck.It also helps to improve the marionette lines but it is important to note that they will not be gone altogether.

Steps Taken During a Weekend Lift

Prior to the surgery, the patient takes an oral sedative and is then given local anesthesia.Some patients opt to have light sedation, similar to that of a colonoscopy sleep state. Incisions start at the front of the ear and travel just below the earlobe. This is a much smaller incision, so the recovery time is shorter.

Following an hour-long surgery, the patient heads to recovery before going home. Once at home, the recovery passes quickly. Bruising and swelling are postoperative complaints, but they do not last as long. By the end of three days, most weekend lift patients are able to return to work or social activities.Sutures are removed at one week post –operative.View this weekend lift photo gallery to get an idea of the issues this surgery corrects.

Risks of a Weekend Lift

Any surgery has risks, though most patients sail through their weekend lift surgery without any problems. With the weekend lift, the risks are similar to those of a facelift. The biggest risk involves reaction to the anesthesia. Because you do not need general anesthesia, you do not have to worry about being put on a ventilator. If you’ve had prior surgeries without complications, you should be okay.

Infection is another concern. With the incision for the weekend lift being so small, you have less area to clean while you heal. Even if infection sets in, which is rare, keep an eye on how you are healing and immediately notify your doctor if you think something may be wrong. Even if you’re worried over nothing, it is better to make sure.

Dr. Edwin Williams is a board certified facial plastic surgeon in Albany, New York. He specializes in facelifts and weekend lifts and is happy to discuss the best treatments for your concerns. Watch this patient testimonial regarding the weekend lift to learn more about one patient’s experience. When you’re ready to further discuss this procedure, call (518) 786-7000 and schedule a consultation at the Williams Center Plastic Surgery Specialists.

A facelift helps men and women regain a youthful look by addressing loose skin on the lower face and neck. The surgery involves general anesthesia and incisions that are made from the hairline along the temple, passing the front of the ears, and then behind the ears. After approximately two hours, the surgery is complete, and the patient goes to recovery before heading home. At home the recovery time can take up to 14 days.

A weekend facelift is a quicker process that addresses some of the same concerns, but the recovery time is shorter. The appeal of having a shorter recovery makes this a popular procedure with both men and women.

Issues Corrected by a Weekend Facelift

While a facelift addresses loose skin on the lower cheeks, jawline, and neck, a weekend facelift is best for reducing the appearance of jowls. Jowls are the sagging portions of flesh found on the lower cheeks and jaw. The weekend facelift does not address the neck.It also helps to improve the marionette lines but it is important to note that they will not be gone altogether.

Steps Taken During a Weekend Facelift

Prior to the surgery, the patient takes an oral sedative and is then given local anesthesia.Some patients opt to have light sedation, similar to that of a colonoscopy sleep state. Incisions start at the front of the ear and travel just below the earlobe. This is a much smaller incision, so the recovery time is shorter.

Following an hour-long surgery, the patient heads to recovery before going home. Once at home, the recovery passes quickly. Bruising and swelling are postoperative complaints, but they do not last as long. By the end of three days, most weekend facelift patients are able to return to work or social activities.Sutures are removed at one week post –operative.View this weekend facelift photo gallery to get an idea of the issues this surgery corrects.

Risks of a Weekend Facelift

Any surgery has risks, though most patients sail through their weekend facelift surgery without any problems. With the weekend facelift, the risks are similar to those of a facelift. The biggest risk involves reaction to the anesthesia. Because you do not need general anesthesia, you do not have to worry about being put on a ventilator. If you’ve had prior surgeries without complications, you should be okay.

Infection is another concern. With the incision for the weekend facelift being so small, you have less area to clean while you heal. Even if infection sets in, which is rare, keep an eye on how you are healing and immediately notify your doctor if you think something may be wrong. Even if you’re worried over nothing, it is better to make sure.

Dr. Edwin Williams is a board certified facial plastic surgeon in Albany, New York. He specializes in facelifts and weekend facelifts and is happy to discuss the best treatments for your concerns. Watch this patient testimonial regarding the weekend lift to learn more about one patient’s experience. When you’re ready to further discuss this procedure, call (518) 786-7000 and schedule a consultation at the Williams Center Plastic Surgery Specialists.

*Patient Results May Vary
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