Procedure Information: Face Lift

When you first look at a picture of a young person followed by one of an older person, what differences do you most notice? The older person projects less energy, less vitality, and perhaps even tiredness or sadness. These communicated features are the result of fat and skin descent, deflation and laxity. Time, genetics, nicotine, sun damage, stress, medications, etc. are all contributing factors.

Face lift surgery is a rejuvenating cosmetic surgery. Face lift surgery will lift, tighten, re-drape and smooth facial and neck soft tissues. The location (e.g. temple, cheeks, jowls/jawline, or neck) and degree of aging will be major factors in deciding the extent of this operation. A conversation between you and your surgeon will be key in deciding what to expect throughout the recovery period. Typically, incisions for a face lift are around the ear or under the chin and may extend into or along the hairline.

Many times a facelift is combined with other procedures such as a forehead lift, or eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). Significant visible improvement can also be achieved by smaller procedures that can be performed under local anesthesia in the office such as a variety of mini-facelift procedures, eyelid surgeries or lip enhancement surgery. Botox and Dysport (which weaken muscles that produce lines or furrows), or “fillers” such as Restylane and Juvederm are very useful treatment that can help maintain surgical results or delay the need for surgery.

Face lift surgery may be outpatient or overnight stay and is usually done under a general anesthetic.

We invite and encourage you to view some before and after face lift photos on our website.