The face can be a very strong indicator of our age. Most patients considering a face lift look to a Surgeon to remove wrinkles around the eyes, nose, and mouth in addition to improving the appearance of sagging skin around their chin and neck. Although your Surgeon will recommend a daily skin care regimen and seeking non-surgical face lift treatments to prolong the results, face lift surgery is usually the only way to tighten and remove excess skin.

A face lift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the face and neck by adjusting the fat, muscle, and skin on your face to create a smoother, more radiant and youthful appearance.

During the free in-depth consultation, the Cosmetic Surgeon will examine the patients and recommend the best type of face lift to achieve the most natural results.

The procedure is often done as an inpatient procedure and is performed under general anesthesia to minimize discomfort. Depending on the patient and what procedures are being done, the face lift can take a few hours to complete.

After the surgery, patients should expect bruising, numbness, tightness and swelling lasting 2-3 weeks. Results from the surgery will be long lasting and depending on the patient, it may take several months for the swelling to completely diminish and incision lines to fade.

A follow-up consultation with your Cosmetic Surgeon and Patient Care Coordinators will help ensure your face lift results will last a long time.

A traditional face lift incision usually begins in the hairline at the temples and continues to the ear and end of the lower scalp. Fat may be redistributed from the face, jowls and neck. The tissue underneath the face is then repositioned (this is commonly the deeper layers of the face and neck). In addition, the muscles are also lifted.

Last skin is rewrapped over the uplifted contours and excess skin is trimmed away. A second incision under the chin may be necessary to further improve an aging neck.

Q: How old do I need to be to have a facelift?

A: There isn’t a rule when it comes to facelift surgery, however most patients are between the age for forty to seventy years old. Candidacy is dependent on a few factors, including extreme aging and your current state of health. During your consultation, your Surgeon will help you determine whether facelift surgery is a viable option for you or whether you’d be better served by a different procedure.

Q: Will I need another Face Lift in the future?

A: Although the results of facelift surgery are not forever, they should last for many years with healthy living habits and a daily facial regimen. The decision to have a second facelift at a later age depends on your own personal preferences. Some patients will choose to take advantage of non-surgical treatments in assisting with maintenance.

Q: How much time should I take off work to recover?

A: Most patients report they feel ready to return to work in two to three weeks; however, it is advised to allow four to eight weeks before major social events.

Q: How long will it take for my scars to begin to fade?

A: Scars from face lift surgery are barely visible and usually fade within 3 months.

Q: How much younger will I look?

A: Unfortunately, there is not a science or math equation to answer this. Every patient’s genetic makeup is different as are their results. The great news is most patients notice results immediately after swelling and bruising has subsided. Your Surgeon will walk you through realistic expectations on your personal results.

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Cosmetic Procedures