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Cosmetic Surgery Associates of Seattle    
Alisa Rekow, MD    
1221 Madison St., Suite 1102    
Seattle, Washington 98104    
206.682.2200    
    

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Facelift Seattle Information provided by Board Certified Female Plastic Surgeon in Seattle

 

Dr. Rekow of the Cosmetic Surgery Associates in Seattle offers facelift surgery to patients who would like to enhance their natural beauty. Read on to see if you are a candidate, the planning stages, the procedure and after facelift surgery care. Dr. Rekow also offers other facial plastic surgery procedures such as a browlift in Seattle, Washington.

THE BEST CANDIDATES FOR A FACELIFT

The best candidate for a facelift , or rhytidectomy, is a man or woman whose face and neck have begun to sag, but whose skin still has some elasticity and whose bone structure is strong and well-defined. Most patients are in their forties to sixties, but we perform facelifts on younger and older patients as well. A facelift can make you look younger and fresher, and it may enhance your self-confidence in the process. Dr. Rekow's objective is to improve your appearance by enhancing your natural beauty and not by producing an artificial "wind swept" look.

If you are in the Seattle area and want a cosmetic surgery procedure such as a facelift Seattle, contact Dr. Rekow of the Cosmetic Surgery Associates of Seattle to schedule a consultation to see if you are a candidate.

PLANNING YOUR FACELIFT IN SEATTLE

Facelifts are very individualized procedures. In your initial consultation Dr. Rekow will evaluate your face, including the skin, muscle, and bony structure and discuss goals for the surgery. It is common for a new patient to come in with preconceived notions about what procedure she/he wants done. Dr. Rekow may point out that to obtain the desired result a different procedure(s), in place of, or in addition to the procedure the patient had in mind would be advisable. A facelift only affects the face from about the level of the eyes to down around the neck and does not treat fine lines in the skin, the eyelids, or the brow.

FACELIFT SURGERY

Dr. Rekow performs facelift surgery in the Seattle, Washington office facility, usually under general anesthesia, but local anesthesia with sedation can also be used. Incisions begin above the hairline at the temples, extend in a natural line in front of the ear (or just inside the cartilage at the front of your ear), and continue behind the earlobe to the lower scalp. If the neck needs work, a small incision may also be made under the chin. Patients frequently worry that there will be a lot of shaving of the head creating bald spots but actually no hair is shaved and the hair will nicely hide the sutures and staples.

In general, Dr. Rekow separates the skin from the fat and muscle below. Fat may be trimmed or suctioned from around the neck and chin to improve the contour. Dr. Rekow then tightens the underlying muscles when appropriate, then pulls the skin upwards and back, and removes the excess. Stitches secure the layers of tissue and close the incisions.

AFTER FACELIFT SURGERY

There isn't usually a great deal of discomfort after a facelift and what pain there is can be managed by the medication prescribed by Dr. Rekow. A dressing covering the scalp and neck is removed the following day at which time any drains are usually removed. The patient is then allowed to shampoo the hair and usually no additional dressings are applied. Some numbness of the skin of the cheeks and neck which may last a few weeks to a few months is expected. The stitches in front of the ears will be removed after about five days. The stitches or staples hidden in your hairline are removed after 10 to 14 days.

 

If you are seeking a cosmetic surgeon in the Seattle area for tummy tuck Seattle (abdominoplasty Seattle) or other cosmetic procedure such as breast augmentation Seattle, breast lift Seattle, breast reduction Seattle, facelift Seattle, browlift Seattle, eyelid surgery Seattle, labiaplasty Seattle or liposuction Seattle we would be delighted to see you in consultation.

Alisa Rekow, MD - 1221 Madison St., Suite 1102 - Seattle, Washington 98104 - 206.682.2200