As we age, the effects of time, gravity, sun exposure and stress inevitably take their toll on our faces, producing wrinkles, folds, fat deposits and loose skin. A facelift is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed, designed to treat sagging and lax skin of the lower face and neck for a younger, more refreshed appearance.
Patients dissatisfied with the changing appearance of their face may seek relief through a facelift. This time-tested procedure targets the mid- to lower face, including the cheeks, mouth, chin and neck. Ideal candidates are usually those in their 40s, 50s or 60s looking to reverse signs of aging in the face, are generally healthy and have realistic expectations for surgery.
During the facelift procedure, an incision is made around the ear, sometimes extending into the scalp. There are several different techniques that may be used depending on each patient’s facial structure and desired goals, but most include sculpting, lifting and repositioning the underlying fat, muscle and deep tissues, while also trimming and redraping the skin for dramatic yet natural-looking results.
In years past, a facelift was performed under general anesthesia, but now is typically done with a local anesthetic and sedation. The entire procedure usually takes two to four hours to perform on an outpatient basis.
After a facelift, patients may experience mild discomfort, bruising, swelling and fatigue for a few days. They can wash their hair after two days and can likely return to work within a week. It is recommended that patients avoid strenuous activity for two to four weeks after surgery until swelling has completely subsided.
The results of the facelift will often be immediately noticeable and should continue to improve several months, as swelling continues to fade. While results are not permanent and do not make patients immune to the effects of aging, they will continue to look younger than if they had not had the lift.Back to Top