Tension Free Facelift
Men who are considering a facelift are often worried about the visible scarring that may develop. Since men have less hair growth than women, there aren’t as many opportunities to mask incisions in the hairline. If performed improperly, a facelift on a man can adjust the position of his hairline as well as his beard. To combat the effects of a traditional facelift, Dr. Calabria created the tension-free facelift, which relieves pressure from the incisions during recovery to minimize excess scarring.
The Benefits of a Tension-Free Facelift
- Minimizes scarring
- Maintains natural color transition around the incision
- Provides extensive facelift results
- Places minimal tension on the incisions
- Longer-lasting results
Elements of a Tension-Free Facelift
In traditional facelift surgery, the incisions are placed in front of the ear, which can result in a distinct color difference between the cheek and preauricular skin. To address this issue, Dr. Calabria places his incisions at the edge of the tragal cartilage, which is higher up on the ear. This process results in a less visible scar.
Tension that is placed on the incision throughout the recovery process plays the largest role in scar creation. To relieve this tension, Dr. Calabria uses facial tissue to create suspender flaps. These flaps are anchored in the temporal areas so that tension is shifted to these anchors rather than being placed on the incision itself. This technique provides support to the skin, allowing less skin relaxation postoperatively. This additional support also allows your facelift results to last longer.
A poor incision closure can also result in an unsightly scar. The key is to avoid using “stitch marks.” Instead, Dr. Calabria uses half-buried sutures. This technique doesn’t leave a stitch mark appearance, no matter how long the suture is.
Dr. Calabria performs all of his surgeries, from the first incision to the final suture. He believes that a plastic surgery practice should focus on quality, not quantity. He only performs one surgery a day to ensure that each patient receives comprehensive care throughout their preop, surgery, and their postop.
Facelift surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure using general anesthesia. While general anesthesia provides a safe and comfortable surgery, patients who require minimal facial correction may qualify for local anesthesia.
A tension-free facelift recovery is similar to that of any facial procedure. You will experience some swelling and bruising of your face. You should rest with your head elevated for one to two weeks following your procedure to minimize excess swelling. Most patients can return to work within two to three weeks of their procedure. You should avoid strenuous physical activity for three to four weeks. After six weeks, major swelling should begin to subside and your final results should become noticeable.
Some patients experience mild discomfort during the first week of facelift recovery, which is often caused by swelling. Oral medication can be used to control any associated pain that may occur.
The tension-free facelift provides longer-lasting results than most other facelift techniques. Most patients achieve results that last for many years. Routine non-surgical treatments are the ideal way help maintain the quality of your facelift results.