Facelift and Necklift Surgery


Why Choose A Facelift or Necklift Surgery with Dr. Parson

A person’s face gradually changes over time in very predictable ways. During a person’s 20’s they tend to have fairly round faces. This fullness is due to excess facial fatty tissue. As a person ages this fat tends to dissipate, most notably in the cheek region. This fatty tissue regression allows for better facial definition and higher cheekbone appearance. These changes are typically seen in a person’s 30’s and 40’s. As a person continues to age their facial tissue becomes less elastic and they continue to loose facial volume. Wrinkles begin to develop on the forehead and around the eyes. A person’s eyebrows begin to sag. The skin and fat around the eyes themselves begins to droop.

Facelift Patient Photos

Click the thumbnails below to see the before and after photos in sequence. Please note that all photos are actual patients of Dr. Parson.

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The lines around the mouth become more prominent, especially in people who are smokers or who have spent considerable amounts of time in the sun. The tissue around the jaw line also sags to the point that “jowling” and a “turkey-neck” may develop.

Facial aesthetic surgery serves to correct all or some of these changes. When you meet with Dr. Parson the two of you will look in a mirror and he will ask you “what are the things about your appearance that bother you and you and what things would like to change?” Dr. Parson feels that facial surgery should leave patients with a refreshed look without making them look “plastic”. “I don’t want patients to have anyone think they have had plastic surgery”, says Dr. Parson, “I just want family and friends to compliment them on their new appearance without realizing why they look so much better.”

The First Facelift Office Visit

The first office visit is a time when both you and Dr. Parson can become acquainted with one another. Dr. Parson will listen to your specific concerns and goals in regards to your face. You will also have a chance to meet with other members of Dr. Parson’s team. During the visit a thorough medical history and physical examination will be obtained. Dr. Parson will also use the state-of-the art TouchMD system. TouchMD is designed to help you, as a patient, be better informed and aware of your medical experiences. You will be given access to the mytouchmd.com web portal, which will allow you to relive the experience you had in the doctor’s exam room.

Dr. Parson will then develop a surgical plan that is specific to each patient. He will explain, in easy to understand terms, why certain procedures are better “fits” for each patient’s various situations. Dr. Parson will also discuss whether any additional facial procedures would be of benefit in your particular situation. Such procedures might include: brow lift, blepharoplasty (eye lid surgery), or facial resurfacing to remove wrinkles around the mouth

The Pre-Operative Facelift Visit

It is important that plastic surgery patients take certain measures in the pre-operative period to decrease chances for potential complications. All of your medications will be reviewed prior to this period. Any medications that may cause surgical complications will be discontinued at least 2 weeks prior to operation. Any infections that arise prior to operation, however seemingly trivial, should be reported to our office. Even an otherwise innocent infection can result in a surgical wound infection, and must be treated prior to facial aesthetic surgery.

Appropriate prescription medications will be written well prior to your procedure. This allows you to have your medication when you return home from the operation.

Pre-operative photographs are taken at this appointment. These photos will be recorded in the TouchMD system so that you will also have access to them from home. These photos will serve as a marker for you to see the improvement from your facial aesthetic surgery afterwards. You will be asked to sign a surgical consent. The consent explains the potential risks of the procedure in detail. Some of these risks have been explained here, but more discussion will occur at the consultation.

You will need to arrange for someone to drive you to and from the surgery/recovery center. If you don’t have help available Dr. Parson’s office will be able to assist you.

The Day of Facial Plastic Surgery

Dr. Parson will perform your facial aesthetic procedure at a fully licensed and accredited surgery center. The operation usually requires up to 4 hours of operating time and recovery, depending on the anesthetic chosen. A board-certified anesthesiologist will provide anesthesia with the greatest degree of comfort.

Dr. Parson typically prefers that his patients stay for 24 hours at the surgical recovery center, which is connected to the facilities operating area. Dr. Parson feels that by keeping patients for 24 hours he is able to treat any early discomfort and also closely monitor their post-operative recovery.

The Post-Operative Facelift Period

When Dr. Parson is finished with your surgery he will place you in a special post-operative dressing. Your head and face may initially be swollen, and bruised. This should quickly resolve over the following 7-10 days. Pain should not be severe, and is usually well controlled with the pain medication that is prescribed. Most patients describe the pain as nothing more than a dull headache. On the morning following your surgery, Dr. Parson will remove your dressings. He will carefully examine all of the incisions to ensure that there are no problems or complications. Drains will also be removed at this time. Once the dressings are removed you will then be able to shower. Dr. Parson will provide you with any additional dressings at that time and instruct you in their use.

Sensation will gradually return over the next 6 to 8 weeks. It normally takes approximately 10-14 days for all of the initial swelling to subside. It takes 1 to 2 years for the scars to mature and fade. Dr. Parson will ask that post-operative photos be taken at some point in time when adequate healing has occurred so that results can be compared to pre-operative photos.

Antibiotics are continued for 7 days after the procedure to lower the risk of infection. Activity should be restricted to no lifting of greater than 20lbs for the first 4 weeks. Your face should not initially be manipulated in any way. One should be up and walking on the morning following surgery, and a regular diet may be begun to the point of tolerance.

Risks of Facelifts

Bleeding (hematoma) – Unexpected bleeding is unusual but it can occur. More significant bleeding is very uncommon and might require additional surgery to correct.

Loss of skin sensation – loss of sensation is uncommon but it can occur. Sensation changes are usually only temporary, however, it may take up to two years for full sensation to return.

Injury to motor nerves – The nerve that operates the muscles of movement on the face is called the facial nerve. Although it is very uncommon (less than 1%) this nerve can be injured during a facial aesthetic surgery. Typically the nerve will recover on it’s own without ever needing any intervention. This may take a few weeks following your procedure if it does occur.

Infection – The risk for post-operative wound infection following this procedure is usually less than 1%. Patients are given both pre-operative and post-operative antibiotics to decrease the possibility of infection.

Although the goal of a successful facelift surgery is for no obvious scars to be visible, permanent scarring will be present following the procedure. Dr. Parson will attempt to minimize these scars as much as possible, however, part of the final scar appearance will be dependent on how each patient individually heals. All scars will be placed in the most inconspicuous locations possible to minimize the chances of their being seen. When poor healing is present there may be areas of scars that remain more prominent when compared to other areas. These types of scars may require further treatment. Dr. Parson will discuss your particular scarring potential in more detail at the time of your consultation.

Schedule a Facelift Consultation Today with Board Certified Dr. Parson

Facelift surgery is a comprehensive procedure that can help men and women look up to 10 years younger. If signs of aging on the face have left you feeling dissatisfied with your appearance, schedule a consultation with the plastic surgeon Scottsdale patients trust, Dr. Shaun Parson. Call 480-282-8386 today.