What Should I Expect During a Facelift Procedure?
If you’re considering a Tampa facelift procedure, your first step will be a consultation with Dr. Holcomb. He will discuss what you want to achieve with the surgery and work with you to craft a personalized treatment plan.
Before the procedure begins, you will be given either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation. The specifics of the surgery will depend on the type of facelift you’re undergoing. A traditional facelift will involve making incisions around the targeted areas and carefully adjusting the skin and muscles. There’s also the radiofrequency-assisted facelift, which Dr. Holcomb co-developed. This procedure blends traditional facelift techniques with the use of a special fiber laser, which removes excess fat and tightens loose collagen bands.
Once the adjustments are finished, Dr. Holcomb will close your incisions to complete the procedure. On average, a facelift will take anywhere from three to six hours.
What Can I Expect From the Recovery and Results?
After your facelift surgery, you should be able to head home following a few hours of monitoring. You will likely experience swelling and bruising for two to three weeks. Typically, you can return to your normal daily activities 10 to 14 days after the surgery, but you’ll need to avoid strenuous exercise for at least three or four weeks.
The results of your facelift will gradually become visible as your swelling and bruising subside. The exact timeline varies, but it shouldn’t take longer than six weeks to see the final results. The positive effects can typically be expected to last for at least ten years.