What is a facelift?
Facelift surgery, also known as a rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure recommended for patients to restore a smooth and younger contour to the face through the removal of excess skin in the face and the neck. The surgery also repairs the underlying muscles and tissues to tighten the skin and provide support.
A facelift is the goal standard for facial rejuvenation. When a facelift is combined with fat grafting it can instantly make you look years younger. Dr. Timothy Jones specializes in limited incision facelifts, which benefits patients who are experiencing early aging signs.
Who are the patients who can benefit from a facelift?
A facelift can address a number of age-related conditions to achieve a smoother and younger appearance. It can help remove deep lines or folds that run from the corners of the nose to the corners of the mouth. It can also restore the definition of the jaw line, remove deep wrinkles in the cheeks, reduce the sagging of the cheekbones, and remove the loose skin in the neck that results in vertical cords.
A facelift cannot, however, address other facial concerns such as sagging eyelids and drooping eyebrows, so we often recommend forehead lift and eyelid surgery done for these concerns. These procedures are often, but not always, performed in combination with a facelift for a balanced facial rejuvenation. Fat grafting is performed in conjunction with facelift in the majority of cases.
How is Facelift Surgery Performed?
The facelift procedure is typically done on an outpatient basis and can take about 3 to 7 hours. The incision is made in the temple, just behind the hairline, running along the front of the ear. From here, the muscles and the underlying tissues are tightened to achieve a more youthful appearance. Any excess fat and skin will be removed and the skin will be re-draped and the incisions will be closed with sutures. Drains will be placed to prevent the accumulation of fluid and the head will be wrapped in bandages.
Facelift Surgery Recovery
It is normal for patients to experience swelling and bruising on some parts of the face, but this will gradually disappear in a few days. Patients should be able to resume work and their day-to-day activities 2 weeks after the facelift. Patients will have to wait about 2 to 3 months to fully appreciate the effects of the facelift. But day-by-day, our patients notice the dramatic change that the facelift has achieved, and they are able to enjoy their rejuvenated appearance.