Plastic and reconstructive surgeon John B. Harris, MD, performs a facelift under local anesthesia in Jacksonville, FL
Our patients live very active and productive lives; however, some feel that the energetic, confident person they feel on the inside is not reflected in their outside appearance. Dr. Harris uses an approach that is best suited for each individual patient’s appearance and anatomy. Gone are the days when the surgeon would simply tighten the skin producing an unnatural and stretched face, commonly described as “windswept.” Dr. Harris repositions the underlying facial foundation for each patient, lifting and tightening the deep tissues to their original position, allowing for more natural draping of the skin and eliminating the “stretched” look.
Many patients who stayed in shape over the years will have lost facial volume resulting in facial skin sagging. Dr. Harris will replenish the facial volume for these patients with fat taken from another part of the body for a very natural feel and look. The results of this combined approach leave the patient aware that the tired, fatigued look is gone and replaced with a resulting natural appearance. There are times when a “short-scar facelift” is possible whereby the incision begins in the temporal hairline and goes to a point around the contour of the ear lobe. This is most commonly used for individuals who do not have significant sagging of the jowls or neck.
One of the benefits of having performed thousands of facial rejuvenation surgeries over the last 30 years is that Dr. Harris can accomplish these procedures quickly, with minimal discomfort under local anesthesia at the FSCC. Many patients are concerned about the potential effects and risks of general anesthesia. There is no need for a general anesthetic, which decreases patient risk and speeds recovery. Many patients will take an oral anxiolytic to help relax during the procedure.
During your pre-operative consultation, you are given a complete list of do’s, don’ts, and postoperative instructions. Some bruising and swelling is expected for every patient, and the recovery times will certainly vary. Our patients typically take a week to 10 days to recover from surgery to the point where they can be publicly active, such as visiting the grocery store. Most patients return to full social and work activities in three weeks. However, Dr. Harris advises planning the procedure at least a month before major social commitments to avoid unnecessary worry. He routinely will allow patients to begin some degree of exercise in a week, with a return to most normal exercise activities in three weeks.
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