What is a facelift?
A facelift is a surgical procedure that addresses the signs of aging in the cheek area (called the “mid-face”) alone, or often in combination with the neck, and sometimes also in combination with the eyebrows. Over time the skin and soft tissues in the cheek area thin and drop resulting in loss of fullness at the cheekbone and jowls at the jawbone. A mid-face lift repositions the tissue higher in the cheek, removes excess skin, and often adds fat (fat transfer) to the face. The term “full facelift” most often refers to a mid-face lift done in conjunction with a neck lift, although the term can mean brow lift, mid-face lift, and neck lift in combination.
Who is a candidate for a facelift?
Anyone who is in good overall health and is bothered by the changes seen in their face over time may be a candidate for a facelift. Patients need not wait until the aging process is advanced; many patients prefer to address the aging process earlier with more subtle results. Patients in their forties can be good candidates for facelift surgery.
Benefits of a facelift
- More youthful appearing face, neck, and brows
- Look refreshed and energetic; not tight and overdone
- Heightened confidence that you look your best
Recovery and results
A facelift can be performed as a day surgical procedure; however, many patients spend the night in the surgery center after the procedure. A facelift can be combined with other procedures, most commonly eyelid lift. Patients should plan to minimize public appearances for ten days and avoid strenuous activities for four weeks after the surgery. You will see results immediately after surgery. Any bruising present after surgery will resolve within approximately ten days. You will have swelling that will largely resolve in three weeks.