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What Is a Facelift?

Facial aging is natural and genetically programmed into us. While taking care of your skin can prolong its youthful qualities, eventually everyone will suffer from lifelong environmental, stress, diet, routine, and genetic effects. Facial aging appears most commonly as sagging skin around the cheeks and jawline as well as fatty tissue around the jawline and neck. A facelift is designed to remove excess tissue and tighten muscles and skin to enhance and rejuvenate your facial contours.

The Benfits of a Facelift

  • Reduces signs of aging
  • Accentuates facial feature
  • Eliminates excess sagging skin
  • Improves the appearance of facial wrinkles
  • Provides sleeker definition between the jawline and neck
  • Boosts your confidence in your facial appearance

Facelift Procedure Options

Traditional Lift

A traditional facelift, also known as the SMAS technique, targets drooping in both the outer skin surface and the underlying muscular layer. Incisions are created at the temples that run down and around the ears. The facial tissue and muscles are separated, and the muscles are tightened. Excess skin is removed, and what remains is draped to highlight your new facial contour. Liposuction may be used to remove fatty tissue from under the neck.

Areas of Correction
  • Cheeks
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Marionette lines
  • Jawline
  • Neck

Mid Facelift

The mid facelift technique targets the middle area of the face, focusing on the cheeks. This technique utilizes an incision just above the ear. The muscles of the midface are separated from the skin. The muscles are pulled tight, which improves the contours of the cheeks. The mid facelift typically does not improve the lower face or neck. Frequently performed with a Traditional Lift

Areas of Correction
  • Cheeks
  • Nasolabial folds

Mini Lift

The mini facelift is designed to treat sagging in the lower face. It’s also known as the “short scar technique” because it utilizes a smaller incision just around the ear. The mini facelift removes excess skin from around the cheek and jaw. Liposuction may be used along the jawline to enhance the definition of your jaw and chin.

Areas of Correction
  • Lower face
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Jawline
  • Sometimes Chin/Upper Neck

Neck Lift

The neck lift can be combined with any facelift technique for further facial enhancement, or it can be performed as a stand-alone treatment. A neck lift treats a sagging or fatty neck that resembles a turkey wattle. This technique utilizes an incision placed under the chin, through which the neck muscles are stitched together to restore firmness. Hanging skin is trimmed away, and the remaining tissue is draped over the new neck contour. Liposuction is commonly used during a neck lift to remove fat from the neck and under the chin.

Areas of Correction
  • Neck
  • Chin
  • Jawline

What to Expect During Recovery

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Frequently Asked Questions

A: Facelift surgery is typically performed as an outpatient procedure under sedation or general anesthesia. However, patients that require minimal correction may have their procedure performed using local anesthesia.

A: The length of facelift surgery depends on the amount of correction needed. It ranges anywhere between two and a half hours to five hours.

A: Facelift surgery is designed to treat the mid to lower portion of the face. Patients who require overall facial rejuvenation should consider combining brow lift surgery or eyelid lift surgery with their facelift. Combining procedures can save time and money as well as achieve optimal results.

A:The cost of facelift surgery is highly variable and depends on a number of factors. Surgical fees, facility fees, anesthesia fees, the technique to be used, and the extent of correction needed can all affect the ultimate cost of your procedure. A tailored estimate will be provided during your consultation.

A: Great care is taken to place all incisions discreetly in the hairline. However, some scarring may be visible. This is easily covered using makeup and is likely to fade over time.