Facelift Boston - Rhytidectomy Wellesley, MA
The Doctors O’Sullivan have a unique face lift technique which keeps the scar hidden directly behind the ear and up into the hair bearing scalp, instead of coursing across the back of the neck below the hair which causes a visible scar. The hidden scar is barely visible allowing the patient to wear the hair up or cut short. This technique also maintains the normal position of the side burn hair which in many traditional facelift techniques will elevate causing an abnormal absence of hair in front of the ear and temple area. Delicate, tiny sutures take time to place but result in far superior scars which are barely visible with time.
Examples of the scars of the by us vs. others
The patient can expect to have moderate swelling and some ecchymosis for 7-12 days. Most of this can be covered with make up between days 7-12. The stitches in front of the ear are removed in 5 days and those behind the ear will be removed in 10-14 days.
The patient will look like they remember themselves looking when they were younger. The overall face will be the same but 10-15 years more youthful than before the surgery. The face lift procedure is complimented by chemical peels, dermabrasion and skin care agents to improve the quality to the skin and reduce the fine wrinkling and texture irregularities that develop form years of sun exposure.
The face lift results last from 8-22 years, depending on the quality of the patient’s skin.
The rate of aging does not change with surgery.
Complications that can occur include hematoma (a collection of blood under the skin that must be removed by the surgeon), injury to the nerves that control facial muscles or sensation of the earlobe, infection, and reactions to the anesthesia. The risk of infection and delayed wound healing or skin flap loss is increased by at least 50% in smokers.
You can reduce your risks by closely following Dr. O’Sullivan’s advice both before and after surgery.
Post operatively risks will be minimized by avoiding strenuous activity, including sex and heavy housework, for at least two weeks (walking and mild stretching are fine); avoid alcohol, steam baths, and saunas for several months. Eating a high protein diet and supplementing with vit C 500 mg 3x/day for 2 months preoperatively and 3 months post operatively.
After your surgery
At the beginning, your face may look and feel rather strange. Your features may be distorted from the swelling, your facial movements may be slightly stiff and you’ll probably be self-conscious about your scars. Some bruising may persist for two or three weeks, and you may tire easily. It’s not surprising that some patients are disappointed and depressed at first.
By the third week, you’ll look and feel much better. Most patients are back at work about ten days to two weeks after surgery. If you need it, special camouflage makeup can mask most bruising that remains.