Learn how Dr. Rhys Branman can help you look up to 10 years younger
Aging is an inevitable though frustrating part of life—and wrinkles, sagging jowls, loose skin, and lines can make you appear much older than you feel. Your face is the first thing people see, and if you’re bothered by the story it’s telling, it can be difficult to feel confident. That’s why Dr. Rhys Branman has spent years helping patients just like you achieve a smoother, firmer appearance with facelift surgery.
Unsurprisingly, facelift surgery is the most popular facial rejuvenation procedure in the United States—and it’s the only procedure that can help you look an average of 10 years younger while delaying further signs of aging.
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Am I too young for a facelift?
Each of us ages at a different rate and there isn’t a specific age when you should consider a facelift. If you’re bothered by signs of aging in your face, it may be a good time to schedule a consultation with an experienced cosmetic surgeon to discuss your options. Many of Dr. Branman’s patients are good candidates for the SmartLift, which requires smaller incisions and less recovery time than a full facelift.
If you have a modest amount of sagging skin in the jowls and neck and prefer a non-surgical solution, Ultherapy skin tightening may be a good option. Ultherapy uses ultrasound to gradually lift and firm sagging facial tissues without any downtime.
It’s important to work with a surgeon who can help guide you in the right direction and make personalized recommendations for the best options for you.
Why Choose Dr. Rhys Branman?
Dr. Rhys Branman is one of Little Rock’s foremost facial cosmetic surgeons. Board certified by both the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and the American Board of Maxillofacial Surgery, Dr. Branman has the intricate knowledge of facial anatomy essential for achieving natural-looking results, along with over 20 years of experience performing facelifts. Most importantly, his patients love their results:
“Having cosmetic surgery was a very personal decision for me. It was a decision not based on changing my looks, but returning my look that the years had changed. As a middle-aged woman I simply wanted to look as youthful and energetic as I still felt inside. Dr. Branman listened to me and understood exactly what my goals were. Also, as a registered nurse myself it was very important to me to find a surgeon that I had complete confidence in. I truly found that in Dr. Branman. Thanks to Dr. Branman people no longer ask me if I am tired when I am not. Would I do it over again? Yes.”
What to Expect from Facelift Surgery
Preparing for surgery
The best thing you can do to ensure great results and a smooth and safe recovery from facelift surgery is to be healthy. Stop smoking at least one month prior to surgery; smoking severely increases your risk for complications and interferes with healing. Aspirin or aspirin-containing compounds should be avoided two weeks before and after surgery. Dr. Branman will give you a detailed list of foods and medications to avoid at your pre-surgical appointment.
What is involved in facelift surgery?
Your surgery will be performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation at an accredited hospital or surgical center. Dr. Branman will begin by making an inconspicuous incision near the ear, allowing him to reposition the underlying muscle and connective tissue and remove any excess fat or skin. After gently redraping the skin, the incisions are closed with special sutures or metal clips. The entire procedure requires approximately two to three hours.
Recovery from facelift surgery
After the procedure, Dr. Branman will apply a dressing to protect the incisions, which will remain for 24 hours. You will need to keep the area dry until the sutures are removed, so be sure to follow the provided aftercare instructions about bathing or showering during this time. As with most facial surgery procedures, patients can expect some swelling and discoloration of the face and eyelids, which are most notable on the second and third days of recovery and subside in approximately 12 days, depending on the individual.
When can I go out in public after a facelift?
As your facelift results start to look their best, you’ll no doubt be eager to give your hair and wardrobe a boost to show off your new, younger appearance. While most daily activities are okay after a few weeks, make sure you follow your surgeon’s instructions. Below are some general guidelines for hair, makeup and jewelry wearing after a facelift:
- Make-up may be applied up to the edge of the surgical scars approximately 1-2 weeks after surgery.
- While you may go to the salon about 2 weeks after surgery, you will have to wait a few weeks longer for any coloring or perms. Tell your stylist not to pull on your hair or roughly massage the scalp.
- Your hair dryer should be set at medium to cool heat. This is important if any numbness, especially around the ears or temples, is noted.
- Do not wear earrings until sensation has returned to your earlobes.
- Social activities may be temporarily limited and strenuous exercise should be avoided for four to six weeks.
We encourage you to call Dr. Branman with any questions you have about what is okay as you recover from your surgery. We are here to ensure that your recovery is as safe and smooth as possible.
Remember that healing is a gradual process and it may be several weeks before you will begin to see the aesthetic improvements in your face. After the healing period is complete, a facelift can make you look younger, and may even improve your self-confidence. Click here to see Facelift before & after photos.
What are the risks of facelift surgery?
There are risks in every surgical procedure and these will be thoroughly discussed with you prior to surgery. Though you will have scars, Dr. Branman makes takes care to make them as inconspicuous as possible. Dr. Branman will prescribe pain medication to alleviate discomfort after surgery. Be sure to call us if you experience any significant pain not readily relieved with pain pills or if minor bleeding, redness, or other drainage is noted around the incisions.
Slight temporary numbness may be noted around the ears, cheeks, and incision areas. Infection, bleeding, and areas of skin or hair loss are possible but rare. Nerve damage is another very rare occurrence. You can minimize your risk of complications by being a healthy non-smoker before surgery and following Dr. Branman’s instructions carefully during recovery.
Learn more at a consultation
If you’re ready to talk to a cosmetic surgeon about a facelift, we invite you to call or contact us for a consultation with Dr. Branman. He will listen to your goals and concerns, answer your questions, and help you decide the best approach to make the improvements you have in mind.
Dr. Branman has been helping Little Rock, Arkansas facelift patients since 1998, and he would be happy for you to come in for a consult.