What is a Facelift?
A facelift, 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 facelift 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 facelift 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 experienced plastic surgeons 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 facelift procedures.
Although the term “facelift” 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 facelift technique. Be cautious of cosmetic surgeons who advertise fast recovery facelifts 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.
Who is a Candidate for Facelift Surgery?
Facelift surgery is typically an excellent option for men and women with sagging skin around their neck and face that results in a tired, older appearance. Ideal candidates include those with good skin tone, strong bony framework, and elasticity. Patients should also be in good general health and be seen regularly by their primary care physician. In addition, individuals 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.
What Are My Facelift Options?
Tread 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 Facelift, Short Scar Facelift, MACS Facelift, 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 Facelift — 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.
How is the Facelift Procedure Performed?
Depending the particular needs of the patient, a facelift 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 facelift 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.
What is the Facelift Recovery Process Like?
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.
How Do I Choose the Right Facelift Surgeon?
Choosing a facelift surgeon can be a daunting task, especially when you consider that results aren’t as easily concealed as those with breast augmentation surgery. So selecting a qualified plastic surgeon is top priority as you move forward with your facelift decision.
Years of specialized training, along with trust in a competent surgeon will give you confidence that you’ve chosen a skilled doctor who will treat your case individually. By contacting the doctors at the Florida Plastic Surgery Group, you have access to surgeons who are both experienced in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.
Facelift Consultation — Your First Step to Selecting a Facelift Surgeon
Evaluating a surgeon for your facelift procedure occurs during the consultation phase. After you have consulted friends and family members who may have had a similar procedure, you’ll want to get recommendations on a particular surgeon. From there, arrange a consultation with the doctor to discuss the specifics of your case and the procedure in general. During the consultation, you’ll be learning more about:
- The doctor’s board certifications
- Educational experience of the surgeon
- Patient recommendations and surgical client testimonials
- The surgeon’s past procedures through before and after photos
What Your Doctor Should Be Assessing in Your Consultation
While you are evaluating the surgeon, the surgeon will be determining if you are a good candidate for a facelift surgery. Your surgeon must ascertain your expectations from the surgery, evaluate your bone structure, and determine whether additional corrective procedures are needed to provide you with the best possible facelift results.
During the consultation, your surgeon should conduct a few of the following evaluations:
- Assess your overall health – current medications, herbal supplements, drug allergies and use of any drug, alcohol or tobacco products
- Discuss your current lifestyle
- Learn why you want a facelift
- Determine whether you might need or want additional facial corrective surgery, like a forehead lift, eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty, or skin treatments
- Take a variety of measurements – facial dimensions, skin thickness, texture and elasticity
From the information received during the consultation, you’ll have a much better idea if the surgeon is qualified to perform the facelift and if you feel comfortable with the surgeon’s bedside manner. After all, this trusted relationship will give you the piece of mind that you are in the right hands.
Schedule a Facelift Consultation
To learn more about facelift surgery, or if you would like to find out if this treatment is the right option for you, please contact Florida Plastic Surgery Group today to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors.