Facelift (Rhytidectomy) in Cape Girardeau, MO
Heartland Plastic and Hand Surgery specializes in facelifts for patients from Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Sikeston and surrounding areas
What is a facelift?
At Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, the goal of a facelift, or rhytidectomy, is to reduce sagging and loose skin in the face and neck. This goal is accomplished by lifting or repositioning the skin and underlying tissues. Modern techniques tighten the deeper layers of facial tissue as well as the skin, creating a natural look that usually “subtracts” 6-10 years from your appearance.
Facelift using Vectra 3D
Using special simulation software, the Vectra 3D camera will show you the possible results of your facelift. Patients considering one type of facial procedure can also see the benefits of combining more than procedure to achieve facial symmetry and an overall improved appearance. You and the doctor will be able to experiment with different looks until you find the one you want.
During your consultation visit, your surgeon will show you before and after photos of patients who have had a facelift. You will be able to see firsthand the difference the procedure made for these people.
What is the average cost of a facelift? Is there a charge for the consultation?
The cost for a facelift varies depending on the extent of surgery necessary to achieve optimum results. There is an $85 charge for the consultation. The consultation charge is deducted from the price of the procedure if you decide to schedule your facelift within six months. After six months, a new consultation may be scheduled to review any changes in your medical history.
A cosmetic procedure such as a facelift is not a procedure covered by insurance.
Our office in Cape Girardeau accepts several types of payment options. They are cash, credit cards (Visa, Master Card, Discover, and American Express), money orders, cashier checks, and financing with an outside agency. We require that financing arrangements be in place before surgery.
What is the difference between a full and mini facelift?
The full and mini facelift differ in length of scar and amount of skin tightening on the face. A full facelift’s scar starts in the hair by the temple, running in front of the ear, and then extending behind the ear into the hairline. This incision will allow the skin to be tightened from the cheekbones through the neck. The mini facelift’s incision starts approximately at the top of the ear and then runs behind the ear into the hairline. This incision will only tighten the skin from the jowl line through the neck. Both types of facelifts are offered at our Cape Girardeau practice.
Do I have to stop smoking before having a facelift procedure?
Yes. A patient must stop smoking one month before surgery and one month after surgery. Nicotine in cigarettes decreases the blood supply to the skin, and blood supply is important to the healing process. We hope patients can also decrease their exposure to secondhand smoke. We will NOT perform a full facelift unless you stop smoking.
Is there anything I need to do to get myself ready for facelift surgery?
To reduce bruising and the risk of hematoma, you must stop taking blood thinners and vitamin E at least one week before and after surgery. If you are on prescription blood thinners, you may need to get medical clearance from your physician as well as instructions on how to stop these medications. We also want all herbal medication and diet pills (prescription and over-the-counter) stopped at least two weeks before surgery and one week following.
At Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, cosmetic surgeries are elective procedures. The patient must be in overall good health before the surgery can be performed. If there are questions regarding your health, medical clearance from your family doctor may be required.
When is the best time of year for a facelift?
You should make it when you can allow yourself time to heal. After facelift surgery, you will have a 10-15 pound lifting restriction (that will include lifting children) for at least 2 weeks following surgery. You also have to make adjustments at work due to swelling, bruising, and being on pain medication. On average, facelift patients from Cape Girardeau, Sikeston, and Jackson took 2-3 weeks off from work. Some patients have more physically demanding jobs or their jobs demand being in the public eye. Those patients might need to take off longer. Patients on average will have bruising for 2-3 weeks.
I might consider a face lift. What should I do next?
At Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, David Deisher, MD and J. Stewart Humphrey, MD are board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. They offer plastic and hand surgery to patients across Missouri including Cape Girardeau, Jackson, and Sikeston. Your next step is to contact the Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery office in Cape Girardeau at (573) 837-1610 to schedule your initial facelift consultation. Make a mental note of all your questions and concerns and bring them to your consultation so your doctor can address them. Act now and make this important phone call. You will be glad you did!
David Deisher, MD and J. Stewart Humphrey, MD offer plastic and reconstructive surgery to patients across Missouri including Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Sikeston, Cape Girardeau County, Bollinger County, Perryville, and Dexter. Contact the Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery office today at (573) 837-1610 to schedule your facelift consultation!