Q: What happens before
A: Prior to surgery, you may be given a medication to help you relax. Local anesthesia is then administered to minimize discomfort.
Q: How long does the
A: One to 1½ hours.
Q: What actually happens during the “One Hour Lift”?
A: A short incision is made in front of the ear. The surgeon gently lifts the tissues under the skin, removing any extra skin. The surgeon re-drapes the overlying skin, leaving the patient wrinkle-free with a firmer, more youthful jaw line.
Q: What can I expect
A: Post surgery, patients wear an ice-containing head garment for 24-48 hours. They are likely able to shampoo and wear make-up the day after surgery. Sutures will be removed in six to eight days, resuming normal activities within three days.
Q: Does it hurt? Will I bruise or swell?
A: Approximately 85 percent of patients experience no bruising. There is minimal pain, controlled with oral medication.
Q: How long will the results last?
A: Look five to 10 years younger, with results lasting usually five to 10 years.
Q: Can I talk to anyone who has had the procedure?
A: The Skin and Vein Center can arrange for a contact with someone who has had the procedure and agrees to speak to prospective patients. Carol Beale, interviewed below, is one such person.