If you are unhappy with loose skin around the sides of your chin (jowls) and neck and are considering cosmetic surgery to correct these problem areas, you have many surgery options. The best choice for you may be a weekend facelift. This procedure reverses signs of aging visible in the face and neck while allowing you to return to your regular life with minimal downtime.
A weekend facelift is a good option if you:
- Have jowls or loose skin on your neck
- Do not have very advanced signs of aging
- Have a busy lifestyle and can’t afford to take a lot of time out of your schedule
- Can’t afford the cost of a full facelift
Unlike a full facelift, a weekend facelift requires only local anesthesia. Dr. Hamrah will make very small incisions in front of your ear and just behind your earlobe. He will then tighten the skin in your neck and correct your jowls to give you a more youthful appearance. The entire procedure takes about an hour.
This procedure is called the “weekend” facelift because many patients feel they can return to their normal routines after only a weekend of recovery. While there is not guarantee you’ll feel back-to-normal after just two days, this procedure is minimally invasive and causes only mild bruising and swelling, so recovery time is much faster than in other surgeries. Pain and discomfort are mild, and sutures and any bruising are easily hidden behind your hairline.
Total recovery time can vary from 2 to 7 days, and it is best to go easy during your fist week after the procedure. Avoiding strenuous physical activity and getting proper rest will ensure that your recovery is smooth and swift.
Limitations and Benefits
Since the weekend facelift is minimally invasive and only deals with a specific area of tissues, this procedure is best for those who need minor corrections but who don’t yet show signs of advanced age. Many younger people are taking advantage of the weekend facelift as a preventative procedure, correcting smaller problems now to prevent bigger ones later on. While no procedure can prevent aging, the weekend facelift can help you look more refreshed and youthful in very little time.
If you live in Washington, D.C., northern Virginia, or surrounding areas and would like more information about weekend facelifts, please contact NOVA Surgicare today to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Hamrah.