Face Lift Using Tumescent Local Anesthesia
As with liposuction, Dr. Goodnight uses tumescent local anesthesia to perform face lift surgery. This technique involves the injection of a fluid containing lidocaine (which numbs the face) and epinephrine (which helps to reduce bleeding) into the facial skin. Dr. Goodnight then uses the Smartlipo® liposuction cannula to do the initial dissection. He prefers using this device as it seals the blood vessels prior to making the incisions. With the blood vessels sealed, bruising is minimal, and healing is rapid.
The goal of the face lift is to remove excess skin and tissue and tighten the remaining skin and underlying musculature to rejuvenate the face. The appearance of wrinkles and fine lines will be dramatically diminished, yet the results will be completely natural looking. Because Dr. Goodnight uses the most discreet, well-concealed incisions possible, visible scarring will be minimal. Likewise, he uses his well-developed artistic sensibilities to ensure that the facial looks healthy and vibrant rather than “pulled back.”
Dr. Goodnight carefully tailors the face lift procedure to each patient’s unique needs and goals. In many cases, he suggests that patients augment their face lift results with a fat transfer procedure. Fact lift surgery can also be combined with other facial procedures, including eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty, cosmetic ear surgery, and neck and jowl tightening using the Smartlipo® laser.