A face lift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure used to help turn back the clock and create a more youthful natural-looking appearance. The effects of the aging process, gravity, and the sun result in a tired look, forming folds around the jaw (jowls), cheeks, and neck. In addition, laxity in the neck muscles as well as fat deposits result in an older appearance.
If you’d like to look as good as you feel, a face lift tightens the underlying muscles, smoothes the loose skin on your face and neck, and removes excess fat. As a result, your face will appear younger, firmer, and fresher. A face lift can also be performed in conjunction with a brow lift, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), or rhinoplasty for a more complete facial rejuvenation.
At Florida Plastic Surgery Group, we believe that patients, their desires, and anatomy are all unique. Therefore, our doctors evaluate each patient and create a customized surgical plan to meet each patient’s expectations. Our doctors use the latest techniques in facial rejuvenation to create a natural, younger appearing you – and not the wind-blown pulled back look created by many traditional face lift procedures.
Although the term “face lift” is commonly used to describe a variety of techniques, it is important you understand that not all techniques and not all surgeons are the same.
As with any product including cosmetic surgery, you should make an educated decision when choosing your surgeon and the particular type of face lift technique. Be cautious of cosmetic surgeons who advertise fast recovery face lifts or those who only specialize in faces since likely they have had only one year of cosmetic surgery training and were trained as ENT (otolaryngology) surgeons. The information below will provide with a complete overview of facelift to help you make an informed choice.
Face Lift Techniques
Thread Lift and Next Day Lift
Uses various sutures to help create a more youthful appearance.
- Minimal Recovery Time
- Provides only mild improvement
- Higher complication rate
- Results last for only short time
Mini Face Lift, Short Scar Face Lift, MACS Face Lift, S-Lift
A less invasive facial rejuvenation procedure with smaller incisions and faster recovery.
- Minimal Recovery Time
- Less Bruising
- Smaller Incisions
- Not applicable for patients with severe aging
Full Face Lift – Extended SMAS, Lateral Smastectomy, Etc.
Provides a complete rejuvenation of the neck and lower third of the face and turning back the clock 10 years, but requires larger incisions and longer recovery time.
- Can rejuvenate the neck & face
- Can set back the aging process 10 years
- Longer recovery time & bruising
- Require larger incisions, but all well hidden
For complete facial rejuvenation, ask our Jacksonville cosmetic surgery team whether you are a candidate for the FACIAL ENHANCEMENT package. The package includes a combination of a face/neck lift, mid-face lift, chin lift, lower lid tightening, and endoscopic brow lift to truly create a natural and youthful look.
Preparing for Your Face Lift
Who is a candidate for face lift?
Patients with sagging skin around their neck and face that results in a tired, older appearance are candidates for a face lift. Patients with good skin tone, strong bony framework, and elasticity are ideal candidates.
How do I prepare for my face lift?
Patients should be generally in good health and be seen regularly by the primary care physician.
What to Expect on Your Face Lift Surgery Day
In addition, patients who smoke should begin a smoking cessation program as we ask patients to stop smoking four weeks prior to surgery. The nicotine in tobacco products decreases the blood flow to your skin and results in delayed healing and increased wound complications.
Face Lift Surgery
Depending the particular needs of the patient, a face lift is generally performed through an incision around the natural contours of the ear that extends toward the back of the neck. The skin is then tightened in an upward direction instead of to the side, preventing that wind-blown, swept appearance of many face lift techniques. Any excess fat and skin are also removed at this time. An incision under the chin may also be necessary to remove excess fat and tighten the muscles of the neck. See above for more information about the different face-lift techniques.
Recovering After a Face Lift
The bandages are removed within the first few days and the stitches are taken out generally 1 week after surgery. As the incisions continue to heal, they will become more imperceptible and generally can be covered with makeup after around 2-3 weeks. Patients typically return to work after 2 weeks. You skin may be numb after the surgery, but this resolves in the weeks following surgery.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have been contemplating a face lift, our doctors can provide you with the tighter, more vibrant face you have dreamed about. We offer a variety of financing options that fit most budgets, and we will explain the entire surgical process with you at the time of your consultation. Please contact a member of our staff at the Florida Plastic Surgery Group today.