What is a Facelift?

Aging is inevitable, and with aging may come changes to your appearance. As we age, facial skin can begin to sag, become loose, and you may gain wrinkles due to the loss of elasticity in your skin. There are a variety of treatments out there to help slow or reduce the significance of this process, though they may not have the overall effect you are hoping for.

A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that lifts and tightens these facial tissues to treat loose and sagging skin. This procedure focuses on the bottom ⅓ of the face and can help improve the signs of aging. For those who are wanting to turn back the clock and achieve a more youthful appearance, this just might be the procedure for you!

Facelift Candidates

  • Non-smokers
  • Healthy individuals
  • Individuals who have realistic expectations of facelift results

Facelift Procedure:

Our facelift procedure is performed in-office with general anesthesia. Procedure length can vary, though typical length is between 2 to 4 hours. Incisions are carefully placed so as to not make them noticeable to others. Placement may vary depending on the type of facelift being performed.

Mini vs Traditional Facelift

During a traditional facelift, the skin on the cheeks, neck, and jowls are pulled and tightened. Fat may be sculpted, removed, or redistributed in these areas. This procedure helps rejuvenate the face and help patients achieve a more youthful appearance. Starting in the hairline at your temples, incisions go down and around the front of your ears, and then end behind your ears. Depending on what is needed, incisions may be made under the chin to improve the overall appearance of the neck as well.

A mini facelift differs in that it only treats the cheeks and jowls. Incisions are placed in front of the ear as opposed to along the hairline as well, and less skin is removed. Mini facelifts are beneficial for those who have less excess skin to remove. This surgery can also be good for those who have already had a traditional facelift and are wanting a touch-up.

Facelift Recovery

Following your surgery, bandages will be placed over your incisions. Oral medication will be prescribed by the doctor to help with the pain. We recommend eating soft foods for the first few days after your facelift procedure.

Recovery from a facelift can take about 4-6 weeks, and a few months for your face to feel back to normal. Most patients will be able to return to daily activities within 2 weeks, and may be able to exercise after 4 weeks. A follow-up appointment 2 weeks after the procedure will be required in order to remove your sutures.

Facelift FAQ

What are the risks?

  • Anesthesia risks
  • Hair loss at the incision sites
  • Prolonged Swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Facial Nerve injury
  • Scarring
  • Infection
  • Poor wound healing
  • Asymmetry

What procedures can be combined with a facelift?

  • Brow lift
  • Eyelid lift (Blepharoplasty)
  • Neck liposuction
  • Chin implant

What is the difference between a traditional facelift and liquid facelift?

A liquid face lift is a non-surgical alternative to a facelift. Instead of going under the scalpel for surgery, this procedure is done with the combined use of dermal fillers and botox to tighten, smooth and plump the face. The procedure can be done in less than an hour and has minimal recovery time. Though results are temporary due to filler and botox eventually wearing off, a noticeable difference can be seen almost immediately.

Unlike a liquid facelift, results from a surgical facelift last longer. Because it is a surgical procedure, anesthesia is required and you will have a longer recovery time. If you are interested in a facelift but aren’t sure if a surgical facelift or liquid facelift is right for you, give us a call at 208-939-3110 to schedule your consultation.

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