Face Lift


Today's face-lift is more effective and natural looking than ever before. The goal of a face-lift is not to give you a different look, but rather help you look as you used to - turn back the clock. The face-lift (rhytidectomy) is a surgical procedure used to reduce the most apparent signs of aging in the facial area giving you a more youthful appearance. The procedure involves reducing the creases from the nose and mouth, the slacking jaw line and sagging jowls and fat deposits around the neck by removing excess fat, tightening underlying muscles, and redraping the skin on the face and neck. Though the procedure cannot give you a completely new look it can give you a younger, fresher look. It can also have a positive effect on your self confidence.
 
The best candidate for a facelift is a man or a woman whose face and neck have begun to sag, but whose skin has elasticity and whose bone structure is strong and well defined. Most patients are in their forties to sixties, but facelifts can be done successfully on patients in their seventies and eighties.

Facial rejuvenation can be accomplished utilizing a number of different techniques. At the time of a consultation the patient's concerns about their appearance are discussed in detail. A plan for facial rejuvenation is formulated and the best technique to accomplish these goals are discussed at the time of consultation. The procedure can be performed under general or twilight anesthesia. Most patients are back to work 2 weeks after surgery. Other activity will be limited for a few more weeks. Depending on the technique required to achieve the formulated goals, the recovery time may be less than anticipated.
The greatest risk of complication with the face-lift procedure can occur in people who smoke. Smoking decreases a patient's wound healing capacity and may lead to tissue loss and poor scar quality. Patients who smoke must stop 3-4 weeks prior to the procedure and not resume until 4 weeks after the procedure.

FAQ's


  • How is the procedure performed?
    • For a traditional facelift, an incision is made on the sideline of the temple to the bottom of your ear, and then excessive tissue is removed. Then the neck lift is done, if needed by the patient or doctor, and this is done by making a small incision under the ear lobe and again the excessive tissue is taking out. Once the procedure is completed, the incisions are closed and bandage; the facelift will be hidden by the face and ear.
  • How long does the procedure take?
    • The procedure can take up to 1-3 Hours
  • What is the recovery time?
    • Most patients are back to work 2 weeks after surgery. Other activity will be limited for a few more weeks.
  • Will the procedure require an overnight hospital stay?
    • Quite possibly, either one or two days in the hospital, but in some cases, patients are able to go home the same-day
  • Who is the ideal candidate for this procedure?
    • The best candidate for a face lift is a man or a woman whose face and neck have begun to sag, but whose skin has elasticity and whose bone structure is strong and well defined.
  • How much pain is involved?
    • Soreness and swelling will be seen after the surgery and there will be mild pain, however patients will be prescribed medication to help reduce the pain.
  • How much does this procedure cost?
    • Face-lift procedures do vary by each company, but on average it can cost up to $6,500