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Long Beach Facelift Surgery

Southern California Plastic Surgery Group

A facelift is a very personal experience. You’ll be very pleased with the results when you know what to expect from the procedure.

Before you are sedated Dr. Hicks will mark the incision sites and go over the plans for incisions and the directions and amount of pull with you.

Anesthesia

The procedure is normally performed under local anesthesia with sedation, as outpatient surgery. You will be awake, but drowsy. You will not feel pain, but may feel some tugging. Some patients may need to stay in the hospital for a few days after surgery. Most can go home the same day or you may choose to spend a few days in a luxury recovery facility. If you go home someone will need to drive you and stay with you for a few days to help out.

The procedure

* An incision is made starting behind the hairline at the temples,
   traveling down just in front of the ears and then under and
   back from the ears into the hairline toward the back of the head. A small incision
   will also be made under the chin if appropriate.
* The skin is separated from the muscle
* Excess fat is removed, the muscle tightened, and the skin pulled to the desired
   position
* Excess skin is trimmed and the incisions are closed with stitches or sometimes
   staples
* A small drainage tube may be temporarily placed behind your ear
* Bandages may be applied to minimize swelling

After surgery

Immediately after surgery pain and discomfort should be minimal and you may experience numbness. You will be tired and groggy. Dr. Hicks will prescribe pain medication to minimize any discomfort.

* Plan on resting after surgery.
* Although you will be lying down and will probably sleep a lot, it is important to
   keep your head elevated to minimize swelling.
* You should not touch or bump your face.
* Your face will be swollen and bruised and you may find this very upsetting, but it
   will go away. Soon you will be very happy with your new look.

Learn more about facelift surgery in Beverly Hills, Long Beach, or Los Angeles, California, by viewing our Before and After Gallery, or contact us today for your initial consultation.