As we age, collagen, the protein in the body responsible for our skin’s elasticity and firmness, breaks down. Over time, this breakdown of collagen results in wrinkles, loss of facial fullness, deepening of facial lines, sagging or loose skin, and more. A variety of environmental, lifestyle, and genetic factors play a large part in how our skin ages, such as smoking, diet, stress, and sun damage. A facelift may be the right option for you to restore youthfulness to the face.
A facelift is a surgical procedure to restore youthfulness to the cheeks, chin, neck, and jawline. Common reasons for a facelift include
- Tighten sagging or loose skin, especially at the neck and jawline
- Reduce deep wrinkles of the face and neck
- Restore fullness in the face where muscle tone and elasticity have been lost
Your procedure will begin with a consultation appointment, during which you and your surgeon will determine the right treatment plan for you based on your overall health, medical history, anatomy, personal goals, and more.
In general, there are two types of facelifts:
- Mini. A mini facelift typically addresses a specific area of the face or neck. Less tissue is shifted or removed in a mini facelift, presenting a more subtle solution for those who do not require a full facelift.
- Standard. A standard facelift is intended to remove a larger area affected by loose skin and wrinkles. It is an ideal solution for patients who wish to address multiple areas of concern, such as the neck and jowls.
Both a mini and standard facelift are performed using IV sedation or general anesthesia. Both forms of sedation allow you not to feel any pain or discomfort during your surgery.
Depending on the type of facelift, your surgeon will make a few select incisions, usually at the hairline by the temples, around the ear, or under the chin. This will allow your surgeon to gently smooth and firm the area by repositioning the tissue under the skin. At this time, fat may also be redistributed, sculpted, or removed. Once the tissue has been successfully repositioned, your surgeon will place the skin back to be sutured, and any excess skin will be removed.
You will remain in our state-of-the-art surgical suites for approximately one hour after your surgery, and a follow-up appointment with your surgeon will be scheduled for the following day. Moderate pain and discomfort are normal for the first few days after surgery and can be controlled with medications. Bruising and swelling are also normal and expected to decrease within 14 days. You can expect to see the full benefits of your facelift within six months. You will need to come back to our office to have your sutures removed, usually within 5–14 days. On occasion, your surgeon may remove your sutures in stages to reduce scarring.