WHAT IS A FACELIFT?
A facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that aims to improve the visible signs of aging in the face and neck. This procedure involves lifting and tightening the skin and underlying muscles and fat to restore a more youthful and refreshed appearance. Our double board-certified facial plastic surgeons utilize the extended dual plane facelift technique to restore the position and volume of the drooping deeper tissues of the face and neck. This surgical technique allows them to create a natural appearance to the lifted face.
Facial aging patterns are influenced by a combination of genetic makeup and environmental factors. Smoking is the most significant culprit in accelerating facial aging and causing loose skin. Sun exposure and significant weight fluctuations can also contribute greatly to an aged facial appearance. Facial rejuvenation procedures aim to reverse these processes and restore a more youthful, refreshed appearance. Facelifts are an effective way to lift and tighten sagging skin and tissues, creating a smoother, more youthful facial contour.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM A FACELIFT?
Facelifts are typically performed on patients who are experiencing visible signs of aging in the face and neck, such as sagging skin, deep wrinkles, and loss of facial volume. It is important to note that while a facelift can improve the appearance of the face, it cannot stop the aging process altogether. There is no one-size-fits-all facelift procedure, as each patient presents a unique anatomic picture and requires a personalized set of tools for optimal, natural rejuvenation.
Depending on the patient’s needs, a facelift may also include additional procedures such as a brow lift or eyelid surgery to further enhance the overall appearance of the face.
If you are considering a facelift, our experienced facial plastic surgeons will work closely with you to determine the most appropriate surgical plan based on your individual needs and goals.
Deciding to Schedule
During your consultation, you will receive a detailed surgical quote and any required clearance forms. If you choose to proceed with surgery, our dedicated Patient Coordinator, Julia, will guide you through the process of selecting a procedure date. To finalize your preferred surgical date, a non-refundable, non-transferrable booking fee of $500.00 will be required. A pre-operative appointment will be scheduled for at least two weeks prior to your surgery date. At the time of booking surgery, we will also schedule your first few follow-up visits. Take a close look at your social calendar and ensure you do not have any travel or major life events booked within 6 weeks of your surgery date. This will help to eliminate the risk of exposure to respiratory illnesses or the possibility of residual swelling being present during an important event such as a wedding with photography.
During your pre-operative appointment, you’ll have plenty of time to discuss your upcoming facelift procedure in detail and have all your questions answered. Your pre- and post-operative care instructions will be reviewed with one of our nurses, as well as any medications you’ll need to take before and after surgery. You’ll review and sign the consent form for the surgery, meet with your surgeon to revisit your goals, and review any submitted medical clearance forms. Our goal is to ensure that you feel fully informed and comfortable with the upcoming procedure, allowing you to approach your surgery with confidence and peace of mind.
What to Avoid Before Surgery
To ensure optimal surgical results and minimize the risk of complications, it is crucial to avoid all blood thinning medications and supplements for at least two weeks prior to your facelift procedure. This includes aspirin or aspirin-containing products, as well as anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen or naproxen (including Motrin, Aleve, and Advil). Additionally, supplements such as Vitamin E, multivitamins, and omega 3 fatty acids (fish oil and flaxseed oil) should be avoided. For a complete list of medications and supplements to avoid, please consult with your pre-op nurse. Our goal is to help you achieve the best possible results while ensuring your safety and comfort throughout the surgical process.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM THE PROCEDURE?
At our fully accredited on-site surgical suite, our double board-certified plastic surgeons use IV sedation administered by our skilled nurse anesthetists to ensure maximum safety and comfort for our patients during the procedure.
The facelift procedure involves creating incisions along the hairline and around the ears, which allow the surgeon to access the underlying muscles and tissues. Excess skin is then removed, and the remaining skin, muscle, and fat is lifted and tightened to create a smoother, more toned appearance.
After the procedure, our patients are closely monitored before being discharged to recover in the comfort of their own homes. For patients traveling from out of town, we encourage you to ask our Patient Coordinator about hotel accommodations for added convenience.
Although facelifts are generally safe with minimal scarring, any surgery carries risks. Smoking can significantly impede wound healing and increase the risk of scarring. Patients should inform their surgeon if they smoke, as the procedure may need to be modified accordingly. Smoking must be discontinued at least 4 weeks before and after the procedure to ensure the best possible outcome.
Carefully reviewing and following your pre-op instructions is crucial to achieving optimal results. Following the procedure, patients wear a large dressing for one to two days before removing it to gently wash their face and hair. Sutures and staples are typically removed within one to two weeks. It’s important to minimize activity and keep the head elevated as much as possible. Ice packs can help reduce swelling in the first 24 hours. Light walks around the house are recommended. Bruising and swelling are common after the procedure, but typically resolve within ten days to two weeks. In addition, we offer a complimentary laser treatment called the VBeam Perfecta, which targets bruising and promotes accelerated healing. Makeup can be used to conceal bruising after one week. Pain is generally minimal, and numbness in the cheeks and ears may persist for several weeks. Over a period of about six weeks to three months, swelling will gradually subside.