What is a Facelift?
A Rhytidectomy, or facelift surgery is ideal for patients who wish to improve the signs of aging on the face and neck. Yielding natural-looking results when performed by a skilled facelift surgeon, this procedure can correct sagging of the facial muscles, nasolabial lines, jowls, excess skin of the neck (“turkey neck”), and excess skin and fat. With a multitude of incision sites and techniques available, facelift surgery can be combined with other procedures to effectively reverse the damage to the face caused by the passing of time.Patients can opt to combine their facelift surgery with other anti-aging procedures such as a brow lift or eyelid surgery. While many alternative procedures to facelift surgery are advertised, only a facelift can remove excess skin and tighten the muscles of the face. The results of undergoing facelift surgery can be dramatic, it won’t change the appearance of the face, simply improve it. Natural looking facelifts leave patients looking refreshed and well-rested, not pulled tight or “different” and won’t have any visible evidence of ever having any work done.
Candidates for a Facelift
Most surgeons agree that there is no “magic” number for when a patient should have their first facelift. The aging process can vary greatly from patient to patient, some show signs of aging in their early 40’s, while others in their 60’s.Regardless of age, patients suffering from severe sagging at the jowls and neck, or skin laxity at the cheeks may consider having a comprehensive or partial facelift. Patients with less severe concerns may wish to explore less invasive treatments such as Botox and dermal fillers to address the visible signs of aging on the face.
When should patients consider a facelift?
Patients who feel their facial age does not reflect the “age they feel”, who have lost elasticity in the skin of the face, or find themselves stretching their face back in the mirror may be ready to explore facelift options.
Candidates for cosmetic surgery, including facelift surgery should not be in the process of losing weight, in good health, and do not smoke.
Performed as an outpatient procedure, facelift surgery can be completed using intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Several techniques and incision sites are available to address different patient concerns.
Quite possibly the best non-surgical facelift alternative, patients can also consider minimally invasive options to rejuvenate the appearance of their face. Using a combination of dermal fillers and Botox, this combination of injectables is frequently referred to as a lunchtime facelift.
Patients in the advance stages of facial aging, who are suffering from excess skin and loss of elasticity may be advised to undergo a traditional facelift, but patients wishing to address minor concerns, or prevent further aging of the face can explore non-invasive alternatives using injectables, for a facelift in a bottle.
Aging can be especially cruel to the delicate skin above the eyes. Loss of elasticity and collagen can cause the upper eyelid to droop, resulting in a perpetually tired or unhappy look. Patients undergoing a facelift procedure often choose to undergo an eyelift, or blepharoplasty as well. Using an incision at the crease of the eye the surgeon can remove excess fatty deposits, tighten muscles, and remove excess skin.
Similarly, patients suffering from puffiness at the lower eyelid, may choose to combine their facelift with a lower eyelid lift. Using an incision at the lower lash line, surgeons can remove or reposition the excess fat causing the puffy appearance at the lower lid. No skin is removed.
Patients with drooping eyelids and undereye puffiness may opt for a dual eyelift in combination with their facelift.
Rhytidectomy, an alternative to a full facelift, the face neck serves to tighten drooping jowls, remove pockets of fat, and remove excess skin of the neck. Using an incision from the earlobe to the back of the hairline, the goal of neck lift surgery is to restore the youthful contour of the jawline and neck.
Ideal for patients whose upper facial musculature is still sound, a neck lift corrects “turkey neck” and loose skin at the jaw. Once the incision is made, the surgeon addresses excess pockets of fat, and tightens the platysma muscle; which causes the appearance of bands at the neck. Lastly, the excess skin is trimmed, and the incisions are sutured.
A neck lift is often combined with a facelift for patients wishing to address the signs of aging in the face as well as the neck.
A lower facelift or, mini facelift, only addresses the lower third of the face. Using an incision from the temples to around the ear, the mini facelift is ideal for patients who are only suffering from laxity along the jowls. Less invasive than the traditional facelift, this procedure is sometimes performed under local anesthesia. Candidates for a mini facelift have minimal facial drooping in the upper regions of the face.
Sometimes called the “weekend facelift” due to the shortened recovery time of the mini facelift, this procedure is reserved for younger patients with minimal sagging at the jaw and neck.
The traditional facelift employs an incision from temples to behind the earlobes, ending at the back of the scalp. During the comprehensive or full facelift, the surgeon may address pockets of fat and reposition the muscles of the face. The outer layer of skin is repositioned, and the excess skin is removed. A comprehensive facelift addresses the upper and lower face.
Immediately following a facelift surgery, patients will likely experience bruising, swelling, stiffness, pain, and general discomfort. Some patients may have facial drainage tubes in place in order to collect excess fluid following surgery. Most facelift patients wear a post-surgical face chin support mask.Pain and swelling begin to subside around the 72-hour mark, and patients may resume light activities and driving around day 4. Some patients opt to run simple errands wearing large sunglasses or scarves to help disguise bruising and sutures. While bruising and swelling may still be visible, patients typically return to work around the 10-day mark.
Most patients can return to their “normal” lives at the 2-week mark, though a bit of swelling may still be present.
Cost of a Facelift
Costs for this highly versatile procedure typically start at $3000. Offering a variety of solutions for addressing the effects of facial aging, the cost of a facelift depends on the location of the surgeon, facelift type, and combination of procedures.
Advantage of Facelift Surgery
Aside from looking younger and more refreshed once recovered, perhaps one of the greatest advantages of facelift surgery is how long results last. When compared to routine injectables, which typically need to be repeated at least twice a year, the results of a facelift can last for years.
Facelift surgery can address more severe concerns on a long-term basis, with most patients never needing additional surgery. When combined with other facial procedures such as eyelid or neck lifts, facelift surgery can significantly reverse the ravages of time, revealing a more youthful, vibrant face.
Best Facelift Surgeon
Prospective facelift patients are wise to consult several plastic surgeons; explore before and after galleries, and thoroughly research the credentials of each surgeon. Patients should set realistic goals for their facelift surgery, and aim for a natural result. Price does not necessarily reflect the skill, or experience of the plastic surgeon.
Lux Cosmetic Surgery offers convenient virtual consultations, allowing prospective facelift candidates to explore their options in the comfort of their own home.
At Lux Cosmetic Surgery, we pride ourselves on offering some of the best plastic surgeons on staff at boutique prices. With a variety of comfortable finance options available, finding the right plan to carry out a facelift surgery is easy.