A Face Lift Can Help You Achieve a More Youthful Appearance
Face lift surgery at our Joplin, MO, office can dramatically enhance your appearance while reducing deep wrinkles, sagging, and other signs of aging. This procedure is designed to comprehensively sculpt and redefine the jaw, cheek, and mid-face areas by removing excess, sagging skin and other tissue. When performed by Frank W. Shagets, M.D. at our fully accredited surgical center, you can expect beautiful, natural-looking results.
What is a Full Face Lift?
A full face lift can help address troublesome cosmetic concerns in the face and upper neck, such as fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, jowls, loose skin, and other signs of aging that impact patients' self-confidence. Throughout the natural aging process, skin will begin to lose its elasticity, causing tissue to droop and sag, making individuals appear tired or older than they are.
To be a good candidate for a face lift, patients need to:
- Be in good health
- Be a non-smoker
- Take good care of their skin
- Have avoided excess sun exposure
- Be at a healthy body weight
- Have reasonable expectations
This procedure addresses imperfections around the mouth, along the jawline and in the neck. For individuals who have specific, isolated signs of aging on their cheeks or along their jawline, a less invasive mini or mid face lift may be more suitable.
A Closer Look at the Procedure
During your initial consultation, Dr. Shagets will review your medical history and perform a detailed examination to ensure you are a good candidate for this procedure. He will also review the additional treatments available, such as a blepharoplasty, brow lift, and implants to help you accomplish your goals. Once your personalized treatment plan has been established, Dr. Shagets will schedule your procedure.
One of our nurse anesthetists will administer general anesthesia or heavy sedation and carefully monitor you to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure.
Before beginning the procedure, one of our nurse anesthetists will administer general anesthesia or heavy sedation to make you as comfortable as possible throughout the procedure. Once you are asleep or sedated, Dr. Shagets will begin making discreet incisions in front of the ears, around the earlobe, and behind the ear to tighten loose muscle and skin. He will then carefully remove excess skin and meticulously close the incisions to minimize scarring.
The overall procedure can take anywhere between three to four hours. If additional procedures are performed, the surgery could take up to seven hours. Dr. Shagets will place drains (small tubes) in the incisions to help with swelling and then apply dressings, bandages, and compression garments. The drains will be removed during your first post-operative appointment.
You will be given detailed postoperative instructions to follow and ensure you have a smooth and comfortable recovery. Within the first 48 hours, dressings can be removed and you can take a shower and gently wash your hair. The overall recovery will take about two to three weeks and you will have routine follow-up visits during this time so Dr. Shagets can monitor your recovery.
Risks and Benefits
Although it is possible to experience bleeding, hematomas, and nerve injury with a full face lift, the risks are very minimal when performed by a board-certified and experienced doctor such as Dr. Shagets. In about six months, once you have fully recovered, you can expect to enjoy a beautifully contoured face with an overall younger-looking appearance and improved self-confidence.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of a full face lift, reach out to our practice. Contact our office using our online form or call (417) 623-5111 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Shagets.
“My results are fantastic. Dr. Shagets is a profectionist, which I love. He is very gentle and thorough. He even came in on a Saturday to check out a concern I had... it was only a stitch! I would highly recommend Dr. Shagets.” P.H. - verified patient