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FAQ - Face Lift Procedure

  • What is a face lift?

    A face lift is a surgical procedure that rejuvenates the lower face and neck. A face lift smoothes loose skin on the face and neck, tightens the underlying tissues and removes excess fat.

  • Is a face lift different than a neck lift?

    Yes. A facelift is a comprehensive procedure to rejuvenate the face and neck. Isolated neck lifting and tightening procedures are available. However, most patients needing significant neck tightening benefit with the full facial improvement a face lift provides.

  • Will my face lift look unnatural?

    There are many examples of unnatural and odd appearing celebrities that have had face lifts. Dr. Connall performs natural face lift surgery. Dr. Connall’s goal is make you look younger, not different or “operated on”.

  • Is a face lift a big operation?

    A face lift is a significant surgical procedure and must be approached with the utmost caution, expertise and respect. Dr. Connall performs full face and neck lift surgery, meticulously treating multiple areas of the face. Because Dr. Connall performs full face lift surgery, there is a significant recovery. But, a recovery with some bruising and swelling is necessary to give you real, lasting results.

  • Are quick face lifts and weekend face lift as good as a full face lift?

    There may be some patients with minimal skin excess and aging that might benefit from a minimal procedure. However, generally a minimal procedure will yield minimal results. To achieve meaningful and lasting results a full face lift is usually needed.

  • When can I return to work and social situations after a face lift?

    After three to four weeks most of the swelling has resolved and you can return to many activities. You may want to use aggressive cover-up makeup during the first month after your face lift.

  • What is a brow lift?

    A brow lift elevates the eye brows into a youthful position. A brow lift opens up the upper eyelids.

  • What kind of scars occur with a brow lift?

    Dr. Connall performs most brow lifts using small incisions in the scalp and an endoscope. Therefore, the scarring is minimal and usually not noticeable. In some cases a traditional brow lift is needed, leaving a scar along the front of the hairline.

  • Will I have a “startled” after a brow lift?

    Dr. Connall performs natural brow lift surgery and avoids locating the eye brows high on the forehead.

  • What is a Blepharoplasty?

    A blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the eyelids.

  • How is a Blepharoplasty performed?

    There are many approaches to rejuvenation of the upper and lower eyelids and Dr. Connall will tailor his approach to meet your needs. With the upper eyelids excess skin and sometimes a small amount of fat are removed. The scar is hidden in the natural eyelid crease.

    The lower eyelid is approached with an incision along the lower lid margin. The fat is rearranged or removed and the excess skin is removed.

  • What is the Implicitguide® Surgical Suture System (iGuide®)?

    The iGuide® has FDA clearance, for soft tissue approximation and elevation of sub-dermis and underlying muscle. In properly selected patients iGuide® provides a technique to improve the neck, jawline, and brow with minimal incisions as compared to traditional techniques—with minimal swelling, bruising, and scarring and decreased recovery time. The iGuide® was developed by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gregory Mueller to improve neck, face, and brow contours resulting from aging and inherited through genetics.

  • How does iGuide® work?

    The iGuide® is packaged in a sterile kit that is comprised of five unique surgical tools which allow surgeons to elevate and define any soft tissue areas by weaving a suture trampoline® underneath the jaw line. This is achieved through a series of needle punctures with one continuous thread, instead of cutting and repositioning muscles and soft tissue that can cause damage to the nerves and blood vessels of the neck, face, and brow. Using these unique tools, the system creates a trampoline-like structure that provides dynamic low tension support, elevating the skin, muscle and soft tissue as one unit.

  • What are the benefits of iGuide® over traditional, invasive procedures?

    The iGuide® provides patients with a minimally invasive surgical option that delivers consistent, natural-looking results, while leaving minimal to no swelling or bruising, and reducing the possibility of muscle or nerve damage that can occur with traditional necklift procedures. Additionally, the iGuide® allows procedures to be performed quickly and in many cases using local anesthesia alone.

  • What is the average recovery time with the iGuide®?

    Recovery times with iGuide® are short. Generally, patients are able to return to work within a few days and can resume physical exercise in a week or two. Your physician will be able to give you a clear idea of how short your recovery time will be.

  • Who is eligible for the iGuide® technology?

      * Male patients who traditionally have more muscle in the face and neck area.
      * Patients looking for a surgical “touch-up” to improve visible sagging neck muscles (better known as “turkey gobbler neck”) following a neck and face procedure or liposuction.
      * Patients needing a “bridge procedure” to sustain attractive neck or other contours, which helps avoid the necessity of undergoing invasive procedures more frequently.
      * Younger patients who are looking to improve abnormal or unattractive neck muscle contours acquired through genetics, without invasive surgery and visible incisions.
      * Patients who want a brow lift but would like to avoid procedures that require drilling into the skull.
      * Patients who want to reshape the eyebrows without invasive surgery and visible scars.
      * Patients who want a brow lift or neck rejuvenation procedure easily and safely using only local anesthesia.
  • Can the iGuide® be used in facelifts as well? And can patients who have undergone previous surgical procedures benefit from the iGuide®?

    The iGuide® is intended for soft tissue approximation and elevation of subdermis and underlying muscle. iGuide® can be used as a stand-alone procedure or as a complement to a facelift or brow lift. It can also improve neck contours in patients who have undergone conventional neck and face procedures, can help conceal visible muscle banding that may become apparent after liposuction of the neck, and can be used to touch-up traditional face, and neck to improve contours of patients experiencing early recurrent or residual platysmal bands. iGuide® can also be used as a “bridge procedure” to sustain attractive neck, face, and brow contours, avoiding the necessity of more frequent invasive procedures. It is as well, a minimally invasive system that allows younger patients to improve abnormal or unattractive neck muscle contours acquired through genetics.

  • What are the possible side effects?

    In properly selected patients iGuide® provides a technique to improve the neck, jawline, and brow with minimal incisions as compared to traditional techniques—with minimal swelling, bruising, and scarring and decreased recovery time. Adverse effects associated with the use of this device include wound dehiscence, infection, minimal inflammatory tissue reaction, bleeding, nerve injury and transitory local irritation at the wound site. As with any surgical device it is important for the surgeon to have proper surgical training and an understanding of how to utilize the iGuide®.