Facelift surgery, clinically known as rhytidectomy, is a procedure used to reduce the visible effects of gravity and aging in the middle and lower parts of the face. A Facelift involves lifting the skin, removing excess skin and fat, and tightening muscles, to restore a more youthful, vibrant appearance. A face lift can also be combined with other procedures such as eyelid surgery or a brow lift for a more complete revitalization.
is a facelift right for me?
Age is not the most important factor in determining candidacy for facelift surgery; skin elasticity and overall health have far more bearing on a patient’s ability to undergo this procedure. Most patients who undergo rhytidectomy are men and women between the ages of 40 and 70 years old. A face lift may be considered in some slightly younger patients where there has been significant weight loss or premature aging. If the skin on your mid-to-lower face and neck is loose, creased, or sagging, you may benefit from a face lift procedure.
common questions and concerns
What Is Recovery Like? While recovery is different for each patient in some small ways, and the extent of the facelift will play a major role in determining what your recovery will be like, there is some common ground shared by most patients. For the first few days following the surgery, there will probably be some bruising. This bruising will be mildly painful, but can typically be controlled by pain medication. The bruising will usually have faded by the two week mark. For the first 24 hours, most patients will be required to wear some restrictive dressing.
How Long Will The Effects Last? While facelifts can dramatically enhance sagging skin and deep creases, the procedure cannot address find lines, sun damage, and other surface blemishes. To target these concerns, Dr. Collins and his team will advise a treatment plan for you prior to and after your surgery for optimal results.
You should understand that while a facelift can turn back the appearance of aging, it does not do anything to stop future effects of aging. Generally speaking, one should be able to enjoy the effects of their operation for many years to come. While your appearance won’t look the same in ten years as it does a year after surgery, chances are you’ll still look much younger than you otherwise would have.
what are my surgical options?
One of the most important components of the initial consultation is determining the right type of facelift. Several surgical options are available based on your individual needs.
A full facelift (Traditional) offers the most comprehensive results. With this procedure, your surgeon can address deep creases below the eyes, sagging around the cheeks, lines around the mouth, excess fat and skin under the chin, jowls, and more. Because it targets a larger area, the treatment requires a longer incision. It usually runs along the temple, around the ear, and down to the neck.
During a mid-facelift, Dr. Collins can lift and tighten the tissues below the eyes and around the cheeks. To perform this procedure Dr. Collins will create incisions that are similar to those used in a traditional facelift, but they will typically be deeper. This technique allows him to lift the muscles that are normally untouched by a traditional facelift. Because this procedure does not address all the signs of aging, it is often suitable for younger men and women who are simply looking to rejuvenate their appearance.
A mini-facelift or also referred to as the “weekend facelift” may be performed with an endoscopic or a non-endoscopic approach. An endoscopic procedure allows Dr. Collins to insert surgical instruments through three or more small cuts made around the area to be treated. These are used to remove excess fat and reshape muscles in the face that are causing cosmetic problems. If the procedure is non-endoscopic, more continuous incisions will be made and the skin will be turned over to expose the area to be treated. Both approaches to the mini facelift involve minimal incisions of the skin.
Additional procedures are frequently added to a facelift to rejuvenate the entire face, most commonly upper Blepharoplasty, lower Blepharoplasty and often brow rejuvenation, such as a brow lift.