WHAT IS A FACELIFT?
A facelift is a surgical procedure that restores sagging tissues to a more youthful position. An expertly performed facelift will reverse age-related changes to the face in a natural and long-lasting manner.
WHAT ARE THE COMMON AGE-RELATED CHANGES TO THE FACE?
- Marionette lines
- Loss of definition along the jawline
- Deepening of the nasolabial fold
- Flattening and sagging cheeks
- Fullness and excessive skin in the neck
- Neck bands
HOW LONG DOES A FACELIFT LAST?
The most important determinant of the longevity of a facelift is the type of facelift performed and the skill with which that facelift is performed. There are many skin tightening procedures that are advertised as facelifts (mini-facelifts, weekend facelift, etc.) but fail within a year or 2 because the skin is not designed to maintain tension and will weaken and stretch immediately after surgery. A true facelift involves identifying and isolating a dense layer of tissue under the skin called the SMAS and using the SMAS to hold the tension of the facelift. The most durable technique is the deep plane facelift which involves dissection under the SMAS layer to give maximum mobility and lift to the sagging tissues of the face and neck.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECOVER AFTER A DEEP PLANE FACELIFT?
Most patients can return to work around 2 weeks after facelift surgery. A typical recovery timeline for a facelift looks like this:
- Headwrap and drains are removed 1 day after surgery
- Sutures are removed sequentially 5-10 days after surgery
- Bruising typically resolves 1-2 weeks after surgery
- Much of the post-surgical swelling will resolve at 2-4 weeks
WILL THE FACELIFT INCISION LEAVE ANY SCARS?
A skilled facelift surgeon will carefully mark the skin and meticulously close the incision making the post-surgical scar inconspicuous.