Over time, our facial appearance is impacted by numerous factors both in and out of our control, including genetics, environmental elements, lifestyle habits and interests, and even the natural process of aging. While the timing and significance of their effects on the face vary by individual, these factors often lead to wrinkles, skin laxity, jowling, volume loss, neck banding, and various other cosmetic concerns that can make us look much older than we truly are or feel. Fortunately, when aesthetic issues such as these present themselves, there are several treatments available that can help restore a more youthful facial appearance—one of the most effective and popular of which is facelift surgery.
- What Is a Facelift?
- Facelift Procedure
- Facelift Recovery
- Facelift Scars
- Facelift Results
- Facelift Cost
What Is a Facelift?
A facelift is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to achieve a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance through the treatment of aesthetic concerns in the lower face and mid to upper neck. Although loose skin is addressed, the operation does not simply involve removing excess skin. In fact, the basis of all facelifts is tightening of the underlying supporting structures of the face and neck. In addition to this tissue tightening and skin excision, facelift surgery can include fat removal/redistribution, as well as skin rejuvenation in the form of fillers, laser resurfacing, and/or BOTOX® injections, when necessary.
- Moderate to severe lines and wrinkles
- Excess skin and sagging tissue in the face and neck (including jowling)
- Under-chin fat accumulation
- Facial volume loss and/or fat displacement
- Muscle band laxity in the neck
How Is the Facelift Procedure Performed?Facelift surgery is generally performed under light IV sedation, typically taking about one and a half to three hours to complete, depending on whether a modified (small-incision) facelift or a more extensive face and neck lift is performed. Total treatment time may also be extended if complementary procedures are simultaneously conducted. When an area of greater laxity that includes the neck is being addressed, the facelift incision is usually extended behind the ear, but hidden in the posterior hairline. Through this incision, underlying tissue/musculature is carefully elevated and tightened, and any excess skin is removed. This procedure will also often include liposuction of the under-chin and neck to remove stubborn fat, as well as tightening of the platysma muscle to help further create a more desirable neck contour. For patients who do not present with extensive looseness of tissue, a small- or minimal-incision facelift may be ideal. This incision is hidden in the contours within the front of the ear, and with just one or two underlying support sutures, the lower face and jawline can be rejuvenated. Once the surgical aspect of treatment is complete, cosmetic injectables and/or laser resurfacing may be performed to help enhance the final outcome, depending on the specifics of your customized plan.
Prior to each surgery, my consultations with Dr. Cytryn showed him to be sympathetic to all of my concerns. He is honest, confident, and reassuring. He is patient and takes as long as needed to discuss every aspect of your surgery with you. He has a kind, warm, and caring personality and his skill level is outstanding.
What Is Recovery from Facelift Surgery Like?In the initial days following facelift surgery, some degree of swelling, soreness, and bruising is to be expected. That said, these side effects are temporary and should gradually diminish with time. Rarely do Dr. Cytryn’s patients report feeling significant pain after treatment, but medication can generally provide effective relief if any discomfort is experienced. After approximately seven to ten days, you will likely be able to resume non-strenuous work and normal daily routines; however, in order to provide ample healing time and help ensure an optimal result, Dr. Cytryn usually advises that exercise and other vigorous activities be avoided for several weeks.
Will I Have Visible Facelift Scars?
When a minimally invasive, small-incision facelift technique is employed, incisions are generally concealed in natural contours located in front of the ears, making the resulting scarring nearly invisible. With a more extensive face and neck lift approach, these incisions typically continue behind the ears, though the surgical lines also remain virtually undetectable as they are hidden within the posterior hairline. Of course, the ultimate visibility of facelift scarring will further depend on factors such as genetics and how closely postoperative incision care instructions are followed—but the vast majority of Dr. Cytryn’s patients have no concerns about scars once the incision lines have fully healed and scar tissue has matured.