S-Lift Facelift in Bellevue and Seattle
Have time and gravity caused your lower face, jowls and neck to sag, creating an appearance that ages you beyond your years?
An S-lift facelift may be the answer for you!
How Does the S-Lift Facelift Differ from a Traditional Facelift?
An S-lift is the latest facelift technique that can provide a natural looking lift and tightening to the lower face, jowls and neck, without creating the “wind-tunnel” look so many people fear will result from a traditional facelift. In addition, because the incisions are smaller and not as invasive as a traditional facelift, the surgery is generally considered safer, with less risk of scarring and quicker recovery.
Facial and neck liposuction is performed, along with tightening of the facial muscles and skin. Further facial enhancement may be achieved by combining the S-lift with a chin implant, fat transfer, eyelid surgery, an endoscopic brow lift, or laser resurfacing for those patients with significant sun damage and wrinkled skin.
How long does an S-Lift procedure take?
An S-lift with Dr. Stern takes approximately two to three hours to perform.
I have been a patient of Dr. Stern’s for 15 years. The quality of care is consistently great. I want to look my natural best which is why I remain a patient. I have had surgical procedures, fillers, and never disappointed!
How should I prepare for my S-Lift?
An S-lift is a significant facial surgery so it is essential that you: discontinue the use of anti-inflammatory medications and blood thinners for about one week prior, stop smoking for at least two weeks prior to and after surgery, and stop most supplements for about one week prior to surgery as well
The recovery after an S-Lift procedures is usually easier than with a traditional facelift, but there still is a good deal of tissue trauma and swelling due to the tissue repositioning. You should prepare a recovery nest, as you’ll need to lay low for 3-5 days after your surgery. This should be a comfortable place to simply sleep and relax, filled with alot of entertainment options.
What are the risks associated with an S-Lift?
As with any surgery, there is some degree of risk. These involve excessive bleeding, infection, poor incision healing, reaction to anesthesia, in addition to some of the risks noted below.
· Hair loss along the incisions (usually temporary)
· Asymmetry in your results
· Nerve damage
· Thickening of incision scars
All of these are rare with a board-certified occuloplastic surgeon such as Dr. Stern. His extensive knowledge of facial anatomy along with his two decades of experience ensure you’ll be pleased with the results of your S-Lift.
What is Recovery like After an S-Lift Facelift?
You will return home after your surgery with Dr. Stern and your face will be bandaged around the area of the incisions on the outer face. Your dressing will be removed the day after your procedure. For the first few days you’ll need to sleep with your head elevated. This helps keep your swelling down and minimize bruising. Dr. Stern will remove your stitches and staples seven to eight days after your surgery and you will likely be able to return to work in two weeks.
At first, you’ll have numbness and some discomfort in the area around your incisions due to tissue trauma and swelling. Dr. Stern will prescribe pain medication, but it’s typically only necessary for a few days before you can switch to over-the-counter options. You’ll need to take it easy for the first week. You can be up and around, but you shouldn’t do anything strenuous.
Generally you can get back to moderate exercise in two weeks, but strenuous activity will probably need to wait one month. Strenuous exercise too soon may result in prolonged swelling and bruising, delaying your recovery.
In about three to four weeks, most of the visible signs of your surgery should be fading, and now you’ll begin to see your results as your swelling continues to lessen.
How long will it be before I can see my results from my S-Lift?
You’ll be able to return to work and most of your typical activities within two weeks but swelling can come and go after any facelift procedure, and the S-Lift is no different. Swelling can especially return during the evening hours after you’ve been on your feet a lot during the day. Most of your consistent swelling will resolve within two weeks, and this is when you’ll be able to really see the changes created with your S-Lift. These will continue to improve as your swelling fully resolves. Most patients can fully see their results within six months of their surgery.
How long will the results from my S-Lift last?
An S-Lift removes excess skin and fat and repositions underlying support tissues and muscle to reduce the signs of aging on the lower face, jowls, and neck. You can expect to enjoy your results for up to 10 years or longer. Obviously, Dr. Stern can’t stop the process of aging but he can help “reset the clock!”