A face lift is as individual as each patient. So, we tailor the procedure to you.
A face lift improves visible signs of aging in the face. As we age, skin loses elasticity, and facial tissues lose volume. This results in “jowls” on the lower face, deep wrinkles, and loose skin on the neck. Some patients feel self-conscious about how their face or neck looks as the aging process occurs.
A facelift may:
- Remove excess and sagging skin
- Smooth deep folds
- Lift or tighten deep facial tissues
A facelift can give you a healthy, energetic glow. Results can vary from minor to the dramatic. See a wide array of before and after photos at The American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Many patients feel more self-confident, which can improve their quality of life.
About the procedure
There are two types of face lifts:
This procedure is for patients with earlier signs of aging. It can help to delay a standard facelift. A mini-facelift is for patients with a mild degree of howling and sagging skin. It is a less invasive technique to tighten facial tissues through shorter incisions. These are usually near the hairline or ear. The incisions lift and tighten structural tissues which may improve jowling, refine the jawline, and enhance facial appearance. Local anesthesia or general anesthesia are options for a mini-facelift.
Standard Face Lift
A standard face lift is for moderate to advanced aging around the mid-face and neck. The results are more dramatic than a mini-facelift.
The exact technique a cosmetic surgeon uses during a face lift will vary. Patient anatomy and personal goals are key to creating a treatment plan. Your surgeon will also consider if another procedure is being performed and these factors will also help determine the kind of anesthesia.
As part of a face lift, your surgeon will make incisions near the hairline, temples and ears. Incisions may be made to:
- Reposition the deeper tissues beneath the skin and remove excess skin
- Remove excess skin helps to smooth creases
- Reduce jowling and sagging
- Re-contour to the face and neck
Recovery time is about minimizing swelling and bruising. After the procedure, you will have some bandages on your surgical area. Small tubes may be present to drain any excess blood or fluid.
As part of the recovery process, you will receive:
- Instructions on how to care for the surgical site and drains
- Medications to apply or take
- Areas to watch with your doctor at the surgical site or in your general health