September 26, 2022

As we proceed to dwell longer, more healthy lives, increasingly more persons are desperate to “look as younger as they really feel.” Because of this, facelift surgery has turn into more and more standard amongst ladies and men. The medical time period for this process is rhytidectomy, which means “removing of wrinkles.” What facelift surgery does is take away or reposition extra sagging pores and skin and comfortable tissue within the face and neck. The impact is as in case you turned again the palms of a clock, usually making you look as you probably did ten or typically fifteen years prior to now.

The most important areas addressed by the facelift operation are the eyebrows, the cheek and jowl areas, and the neck. Eyelid surgery and pores and skin resurfacing, whereas typically accomplished concurrently a facelift, are separate procedures.

Surgical Philosophy

We consider strongly in reaching a natural-appearing, rejuvenated look in facelift surgery, versus an excessively tightened, “windblown” look. The objective is to make you look as you probably did at a youthful age, to not make you appear to be a unique individual.

The Facelift Session

Throughout your session for facelift surgery images could also be taken for imaging functions in addition to for photodocumentation.

After you will have had a possibility to precise your considerations and areas of desired enchancment, your face and neck shall be rigorously examined, together with pores and skin and muscle tone, bone construction, fats distribution, and many others. The place of your brows and cheek pads shall be assessed to find out if you’re a candidate for browlift or probably midface raise. Your surgeon could counsel further or alternate procedures to enhance your required modifications. Some widespread adjunctive procedures to facelift surgery are fats switch, eyelid surgery, pores and skin resurfacing, and lip augmentation, any of which can be carried out on the identical time.

Throughout your facelift surgery session it is best to have a number of alternatives to ask questions, and following the session a affected person care coordinator will typically information you thru the surgery preparation and restoration processes.

The Surgical procedure

Facelift surgery is usually carried out on an outpatient foundation at an accredited, AAAASF licensed surgery facility. IV sedation or normal anesthesia are widespread for longer procedures.

A facelift entails tightening of the neck and jowls, in addition to a lifting and repositioning of the cheek and temple area. This typically contains liposuction of the neck and jowl area, in addition to tightening of the platysma muscle (answerable for free bands within the neck). Your surgeon could carry out a “deep aircraft” facelift, which means the deep layer of tissue beneath the pores and skin is lifted and tightening, offering an usually dramatic however very pure rejuvenation of the face. Typically, a full facelift will even contain a browlift.

A “midface raise” addresses the cheek pad and nasolabial folds or smile traces. Candidates for a midface raise embrace sufferers with heaviness beneath the cheek prominence and above the jowls. These sufferers usually current with darkish circles or hollowness beneath the eyes, that are because of a descent of the malar fats pad. The mid face is lifted by a small incision within the hair-bearing temple or underneath the attention. The mid face lift could be carried out in youthful sufferers of their 30’s with out indicators of jowling or extra neck pores and skin, or could be mixed with a typical facelift when indicated.

The direct neck raise is a well-liked various amongst sufferers with distinguished neck getting older or “turkey gobbler neck,” who is probably not involved concerning the jowls or cheek areas. The surplus neck pores and skin and fats could be eliminated with a properly hidden incision underneath the chin. This process typically requires solely native anesthetic or gentle sedation.

Fats grafting or fats switch on the time of facelift surgery has turn into a well-liked selection for our sufferers. Whereas a facelift will tighten pores and skin and take away or reposition drooping tissues, many sufferers even have quantity loss in areas such because the temples, the realm beneath the eyes, the cheek pads, and the lips. By changing misplaced fats in these areas a really youthful and pure look is achieved.

Many sufferers profit from eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty which could be accomplished concurrently the facelift. One other widespread adjunct is laser resurfacing which might deal with the wrinkles across the decrease eyes and mouth (this pores and skin is just not tightened by the facelift).

The incisions for facelift surgery are almost all hidden behind the hairline, and people that aren’t are positioned inside pure pores and skin folds or behind the ear. When therapeutic is full, these incisions are often very tough to see.

The deep layer or superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS for brief) is tightened and resuspended, restoring a refreshed, youthful look, with out stretching the overlying pores and skin.


After facelift surgery sufferers could also be required to spend the night time in a restoration facility or resort which is instantly adjoining to the workplace or surgery middle. A professional assistant is often accessible to help with any wants, and the physician could personally go to his sufferers that night. The next morning dressings are eliminated, and the affected person is usually allowed to return house.

Swelling and even bruising are regular after surgery, however start to resolve inside a couple of days following facelift surgery. Ache is usually minimal and simply managed. By one week, most sufferers really feel comfy sufficient to renew a majority of actions (with some restrictions).

Most sufferers are capable of return to their common routine inside two weeks.