Face Lift in Shreveport

Hardly anyone wants to think about getting older, especially when you still feel youthful, but aging is something we all experience. Many residents of Shreveport, Alexandria, and the surrounding areas turn to Bridges to Beauty when they desire a facelift in Louisiana. We take the time to get to know our patients with a friendly, professional demeanor in our state-of-the-art facility.

Dr. Bridges is an award-winning surgeon who has performed rhytidectomy (facelift surgery) for over 25 years, and he can happily answer any questions you may have during your personal consultation.

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What Should I Expect During My Facelift Consultation?



If you are considering a facelift, the best place to start is by scheduling a consultation. During your meeting, Dr. Bridges will discuss your goals and concerns and assess your physical and emotional health.

Please be prepared to provide your information about the following:

  • Any previous procedures or surgeries you’ve had
  • Current and past medical conditions
  • If you plan to lose more than five pounds
  • List of current medications, herbal remedies, or other treatments
  • Your expectations for your outcome
  • Your family medical history

Dr. Bridges will evaluate your bone structure and the underlying tissues of your face. Your skin thickness, texture, and elasticity as well as the severity of your wrinkles or folds will all be considered. Examining your hairline will help determine if the incisions can be placed discreetly. All of these factors will help Dr. Bridges create a customized surgical plan to achieve your aesthetic goals.

What Can a Facelift Achieve?

Tighter Facial Structure

During facelift surgery, Dr. Bridges restructures the underlying facial tissue. By tightening the deeper muscles, your appearance can be significantly enhanced.

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Slimmer Figure

Smoother, Tighter Skin

Loose, sagging skin on your face can make you look older than you feel or really are. Excess skin is removed to reveal taut, smooth facial skin.

Youthful Facial Contours

Facelift surgery provides youthful, smooth skin and an improved facial structure. These changes can elevate your self-confidence and bring forth a renewed sense of identity.

Improved Confidence

What Does the Facelift Procedure Entail?

  • Step 1: Preparation

    You will be given specific instructions several days prior to your actual procedure. These will guide you as you approach your surgery date and following your surgery. Several points will be covered, including:

    • Abstaining from smoking before and after your facelift
    • Aftercare instructions and what to expect
    • Arranging personal care after your procedure
    • Refraining from certain medications that may interfere with the surgery

  • Step 2: Incisions

    Your facelift will be performed in an outpatient surgery center. During the process, our goal is to keep you comfortable, so medications will be administered. Typically, we use local anesthesia with sedation, and you will be asleep throughout the operation. Occasionally, a general anesthetic is used.

    The technique chosen for your facelift depends on your features, your surgeon’s preferences, and your desired results.

    There are many variations to the facelift procedure. However, the incision is typically hidden in the natural contours of the temporal hairline and extends down around the earlobe and back into the hairline. There also may be a small incision hidden beneath your chin.

  • Step 3: Tightening and Repositioning

    Through the incisions, Dr. Bridges frees the facial skin from its underlying tissues and pulls it upward and back. The excess skin is removed, and deeper tissues are repositioned to restore a more youthful contour to your face. If necessary, an incision under the chin allows for the removal of fatty tissue and smooths the banding of underlying muscles in the neck.

Concerns

Recovery

Recovery

All of our patients recover in our patient recovery area. Bandaging may be wrapped around your face to help control swelling, and you will have immediate assistance available if you need it. In many cases, small drainage tubes are placed beneath the skin to help prevent fluids from accumulating. We can control any discomfort during this time with prescribed medication.

Although everyone heals at a different rate, you can expect that your recovery will follow this general timeline.

After the First Day:

In the early stages of healing, you should rest with your head elevated to minimize bruising and swelling. Ice packs or some other cooling device should be used to reduce swelling.

Within the First Week:

Stitches are removed or dissolve at this point. Bruising and swelling will reach its peak and then subside. Bandages will be removed, and you may shower. You may return to light activities, but continue to sleep with your head elevated. You can wear makeup to conceal any discoloration.

Within Two Weeks:

Most of your bruising should disappear. You may resume many of your normal activities, including non-strenuous work.

After Several Weeks:

You may resume exercising. Numbness in the facial area will diminish; however, some numbness may persist for several months. Bruising and swelling will continue to subside, and you’ll begin to see your results.

Throughout the healing period, you should avoid exposure to direct sunlight and, for the long term, be conscientious about using sunblock to protect your skin.

Results

Results

Our patients generally have a rejuvenated appearance when their faces heal and the final results take shape. Although the healing may take some time, you can expect the results to be worth the wait.

A number of factors, including your heredity and lifestyle, play a role in how long the results of your facelift will last. Even though the aging process continues, patients are usually happy with their appearance for many years following a facelift. Some patients find that they want to make additional improvements at a later time.

Pain

Pain

Any pain associated with your procedure can be alleviated with prescription medications. After the first few days, most patients feel almost back to normal.

Scars

Scars

Following surgery, the incisions can be easily concealed by your hair or with makeup.

Patient Testimonials

"Dr. Bridges and his nurses are excellent. He is very thorough and takes time to explain things to his patients -- I appreciate that very much. He is also very knowledgeable about current methods and procedures. He and his nurses are also very sweet and pleasant to interact with during visits; making me feel very comfortable."

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Am I a good candidate for facelift surgery?

    Facelifts are most commonly performed on patients in the 40 to 70 age range. Some patients yield excellent results in their 80s too. You may be a good candidate for a facelift if you have concerns about the following conditions:

    • A deep line that runs from the corner of your nose to the edge of your mouth
    • Deep wrinkles in the cheeks and sagging skin near the cheekbones
    • Loose skin, wrinkles, or excess fatty tissue in the neck
    • Loss of a well-defined jawline

    Candidates will need to exercise caution if they have any of the following medical conditions:

    • Uncontrolled high blood pressure
    • Blood-clotting problems
    • The tendency to form excessive scars

  • How much does a facelift cost?

    Our patient coordinator will discuss your price at your consultation based on the techniques involved and other included factors. We offer financing programs such as CareCredit®.

  • How long does facelift surgery take to perform?

    The extent of the procedure will determine how long it takes. Mini facelifts take about two hours, while a more extensive facelift can take around four hours to perform. Details concerning your procedure can be discussed during your consultation.

  • Can I combine my facelift with other procedures?

    Additional procedures can be performed in conjunction with a facelift to achieve your cosmetic goals. Facelift surgery is frequently combined with a forehead lift to correct lines or furrows in the brow, eyelid surgery to eliminate drooping upper eyelids and bags beneath the eyes, rhinoplasty (nose surgery) to reshape the nose, and skin treatments such as chemical peels or laser resurfacing to minimize fine wrinkles and lines.

  • What is your service area?

    Our office is located in Shreveport, Louisiana, which is part of a unique area called the Arklatex area. We service three states: East Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana.

  • How long will I continue to see Dr. Bridges after my facelift?

    After your recuperation, you will return to our office for a post-operative visit with Dr. Bridges. This visit is to ensure that your healing and progress are on the right track. After your initial follow-up visit, you may ask to return for periodic check-up appointments. Be sure to contact the office if you have any questions or concerns.

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