Facelift overview

Facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a well known facial plastic surgery procedure. With aging, the skin, muscle, and fat pads in the face gradually sag and droop causing jowls, a sagging neckline, and sometimes a “turkey waddle”. Facelifts can remove or reposition this fat, tighten the underlying support system, and remove the excess skin for a better contour around the jaw and neckline. In the past, facelifts may have been overdone with too much tension on the facial skin, resulting in a “windswept” look. Our procedure hides incisions, and minimizes risks while giving you a natural looking improvement in your appearance. This newer technique repositions the deeper tissues in the face allowing a tension free closure on the skin, and a better, longer lasting result. The incisions are typically hidden around the ear, in the hairline, and under the chin. Liposuction is often done at the same time to further improve the appearance of your neckline. In some cases, a mini lift with minimal incisions and a decreased recovery time can provide excellent results. You and your surgeon will discuss your goals in depth to tailor your surgical plan for your best result.

What to expect during and after facelift procedures

A facelift is typically performed under sedation or a general anesthetic in an outpatient surgery center, but may be done in the office with only local anesthetic in some patients. You should expect to feel well within the first two to three days after surgery. However, because of the postoperative bruising and swelling you will want to have two to three weeks to recover.