Please appreciate this 59-year-old female only 2 weeks following 2 layered Face and Neck Lift, along with a quad blepharoplasty. The patient demonstrates natural rejuvenation and complete avoidance of the operated look.
Facelift pictures right after surgery are an excellent way to appreciate the early results following facelift surgery. Early results can be much more telling of the surgeon’s skill set because it will demonstrate to you how quickly patients recover to the point of being visually presentable.
The reason this is important is intuitive since, at a basic level, it determines when you will be able to return to your daily and routine activities. At another level, facelift pictures right after surgery will give you a hint of the surgeons’ skill level in that it will demonstrate to you how much swelling he/she has induced.I encourage you to ask the surgeon you are considering to allow you to see his facelifts at one week following surgery or facelift pictures right after surgery.
This is a finer point of facelift surgery since if you perform your undermining in the proper plane you will have virtually have no bleeding and subsequently minimal swelling. In my early years of practice, I had the luxury to watch a few master’s facelift surgeons and was amazed at how seldom the cauterization tool was used in a facelift.
The cauterization tool is used to burn, i.e. cauterize, any small bleeding vessels during undermining of tissues in surgery. Would you believe that the cautery tool should only be used once or twice when undermining the entire cheek in the proper plane! This is in contrast to amateur facelift surgeons who will use the cautery a 10 to 20 times over even more on each side.
When the facelift undermining is done in the proper plane, there is less bleeding intraop, decreased operative time, reduced postoperative swelling, seamless recovery, and ultimately optimized facelift outcomes. If you are considering having facelift surgery, we encourage you to ask to see facelift pictures right after surgery.