Facelift / Mini-facelift

A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgical cosmetic procedure used to restore a youthful appearance to the lower face and neck.

There are different variations of facelifts available to address a variety of aging concerns. These include traditional facelifts, mini face lifts, and neck lifts.

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As we age, our facial appearance changes due to thinning of the skin, loss of facial fat, gravity, sun damage, genetics, and stress. Facelifts directly address these changes in order to improve visible signs of aging in the lower face and neck. During a facelift, excess fat and sagging skin are removed, the underlying tissues are repositioned, fat is redistributed, and the facial muscles are lifted. The end result is a more youthful face and neck with tighter skin, contoured jawline, and proper facial volume. 

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Did You Know?

Your surgeon can perform additional cosmetic procedures during a facelift. In fact, many surgeons recommend doing everything at once to make the process easier and more effective. During a facelift, your surgeon may be able to add facial fillers, resurface your skin, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Restore Youthful Volume

Facelifts can remove deep lines and creases and sagging on the face. They can also be used to restore youthful volume to the face and improve underlying muscle tone that contributes to the formation of jowls. Though facelift procedures cannot stop the aging process, they can take many years off the face – especially when paired with brow lifts or eyelid surgery, which help lift and rejuvenate the eyes and brow line.

How Your Skin Can Change

  • Remove & tighten sagging skin
  • Lift the corners of the mouth
  • Reduce droopy cheeks
  • Reduce creases between cheeks & lips
  • Remove fat from the chin area
  • Sculpt the jawline 
  • Smooth wrinkles

Neck Lifts

A neck lift, more formally known as lower rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that rejuvenates the neck and jawline. During a neck lift, excess fat and skin are removed from the lower face and neck in order to restore youthful contours. Neck lifts are an alternative to full face lifts and are generally recommended in cases where the neck does not match the upper face.

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Face Lifts

A face lift, more formally known as a rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that rejuvenates the face and neck. During a face lift, sagging skin is liften and tightened to restore a smoother, more youthful appearance. Face lifts are generally recommended in cases where there are visible signs of aging throughout the face and neck.

Mini Face-lifts

A mini face-lift is a modified version of a traditional face lift that uses smaller incisions and less cutting. This procedure only takes a few hours, is minimally invasive, uses limited anesthesia, causes minimal scarring, and has an easy recovery. Mini facelifts are generally recommended in cases where there are only moderate signs of aging on the lower face or neck. Nowadays, they are the most commonly performed type of facelift surgery.

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What to Expect

Local or general anesthesia will be given to keep you comfortable and relaxed.

Your plastic surgeon will begin by making an incision. The size and location of this incision will depend on the type of face lift you are having.

For a traditional face lift, the incision will start at the temples and follow your hairline down around your ear and to the base of your scalp.  For a mini face-lift, a smaller incision will be made behind your ears.  For a neck lift, the incision will be made in front of your ear so that it wraps around the back of the ear. 

Your surgeon will address the excess fat and loose skin. Excess skin is trimmed away, fat may be sculpted or redistributed, underlying tissues are repositioned, and the facial muscles are lifted.

Recovery Process

  • You will be able to return home within the same day
  • You can expect to be fitted with some type of compression garment to ensure proper healing
  • Can return to work within a week
  • Need to refrain from strenuous activities until cleared by your surgeon
  • It takes several weeks to make a full recovery
  • It can take about a year to notice the full effects of your face lift

By addressing signs of aging in the lower face and neck, facelifts can easily take years off of your appearance or help you combat early signs of aging. Despite the fact that facelift surgery can dramatically minimize signs of aging, your face will still have a natural appearance. Although facelifts cannot stop the aging process, they will help you look years younger while allowing you to age gracefully. 

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