The aging process can cause the skin and deeper connective tissue to lose its elastic quality over time, causing the formation of fine lines, wrinkles and facial sagging. Simultaneously, as collagen begins to break down, men and women may experience a gradual reduction in facial volume due to facial fat loss and diminished tissue hydration. UV rays, environmental factors, genetics, and certain lifestyle choices, such as smoking, may also accelerate the visible effects of facial aging. A facelift is a surgical procedure that targets key signs of facial aging to create a more revitalized and youthful appearance.
- What Is a Facelift?
- Facelift Candidates
- The Facelift Procedure
- What to Expect During Facelift Recovery
- Facelift Results
- Facelift Scars
- Facelift Cost
- Facelift Before-and-After Photos
What Is a Facelift?
A facelift is a plastic surgery procedure that uses a variety of techniques to address the sagging appearance caused by aging skin and connective tissue in the lower two-thirds of the face. When performed by our experienced plastic surgeons—John M. Sarbak, MD and Amy Simon, MD—a facelift can provide a number of cosmetic benefits, including:
- A reduction in facial wrinkles, creases, sagging, and jowls
- Smoother, tighter skin
- Removal of excess skin
- A more defined jawline
- Improved facial harmony
- Boosted self-confidence
Our plastic surgeons customize each facelift to address each patient’s specific needs and cosmetic goals. Using advanced surgical techniques and a keen sense of artistry, they are able to consistently achieve the beautifully rejuvenated results our patients love. Dr. Sarbak and Dr. Simon believe it is critical to focus on blending areas—such as the junction between the lower eyelid and cheek, and the area where the jawline meets the neck—to achieve natural-looking transitions.
Who Is a Candidate for Facelift Surgery?
Facelift candidates typically have one or more common cosmetic concerns regarding the appearance of the face, including wrinkles, deep creases or folds, jowls, and excess skin. During one-on-one consultations, Dr. Sarbak and Dr. Simon like to evaluate the face as a whole. Aesthetic harmony is extremely important (ie. a young face can look out of place with an aging forehead). When examining patients who are considering a facelift, our plastic surgeons start with the skin, examining the quality and thickness. They then assesses the volume and placement of underlying fatty tissue and look for asymmetries (differences between the left and right sides). A certain degree of asymmetry is normal and in some cases desirable. However, if these differences are significant, your plastic surgeon can adjust one or both sides to make them appear more balanced. At the end of the consultation, Dr. Sarbak or Dr. Simon can determine whether or not facelift surgery is the best option for facial rejuvenation.
In many cases, our plastic surgeons recommend combining additional procedures, such as a neck lift or cosmetic eyelid surgery, with the facelift in order to achieve more comprehensive rejuvenation. Along with the face, the neck and eyes can also exhibit noticeable signs of aging that can be addressed with surgical techniques. In particular, neck lift surgery is a natural complement to a facelift as it can continues the improvements of the facelift down to the regions below the jawline. A neck lift typically focuses on smoothing the area beneath the chin; tightening lax musculature and connective tissue; and lifting and tightening the skin of the neck for beautifully youthful contours.
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What Happens During the Facelift Procedure?
Because each patient’s needs and goals are unique and there are so many variables for Dr. Sarbak and Dr. Simon to consider, performing only one facelift technique would not be a suitable cosmetic solution. Our plastic surgeons routinely perform five different types of facelifts, each designed to address a specific set of aesthetic concerns and conditions.
Any incisions are typically made within the hairline so that they can be easily concealed. During the procedure, the facial muscles and deep tissue may be tightened, the skin lifted and smoothed, and any excess skin can be removed. When necessary, tissue is repositioned underneath the cheeks and lower eyelids for a more youthful, natural look. This particular technique takes a little bit longer in terms of healing time but can really make a big difference in the quality of the overall result. For patients who elect to combine a facelift with a neck lift, an incision will be made that extends behind the ears, which allows our plastic surgeons to access the neck muscles and deep tissue, and remove excess skin, to create a sleeker appearance.
What Can I Expect During Facelift Recovery?
Mild swelling and bruising can be expected in the days immediately after the procedure. Oral pain medication is typically effective for any postoperative discomfort. Our plastic surgeons usually recommend that patients keep their head elevated as much as possible for the first few days to help reduce swelling. In most cases, patients can return to work or their normal daily routines within one to two weeks. Patients are advised to avoid strenuous activity during this time until Dr. Sarbak or Dr. Simon provides approval. After two weeks, patients can begin to see the results of the facelift. As the healing process continues and swelling dissipates completely, the results should continue to improve.
How Long Does a Facelift Last?
While the results achieved with facelift surgery are typically considered to be long-lasting, the longevity of the rejuvenation can vary from patient to patient. The length of time that facelift results last depends on a variety of factors, such as:
- The depth and degree of enhancement achieved with the facelift
- Your unique rate of skin and tissue aging
- Degree of environmental exposure
To help provide you with the longest-lasting facelift results, Dr. Sarbak and Dr. Simon utilize advanced facelift techniques that target the deeper tissue in addition to superficial skin. In order to extend the quality of your results, there are some things you can do:
- Protect facial skin from sun exposure
- Eat nutritious foods
- Drink plenty of water
- Don’t smoke
- Limit alcohol intake
- Get quality sleep each night
- Stay healthy
- Use medical-grade skin care products to nourish, protect, and rejuvenate skin
Unfortunately, there are no guarantees when it comes to facelift results; however, the majority of our patients are very satisfied with the quality of their outcome even as they continue to age. Many remark that their facelift has helped them to age more gracefully. If desired, a secondary facelift or touch-up procedure can be performed when necessary.
Will I Have Facelift Scars?
Dr. Sarbak and Dr. Simon are always mindful of keeping facelift incisions as hidden as possible to minimize the potential for visible scar tissue after healing. During facelift surgery, incisions are carefully concealed within the hairline and behind the ear. Even though incisions may appear reddish and raised in the early phase of healing, the scar tissue should continue to fade and flatten as it matures. The best way to encourage proper healing of your incisions and minimal scarring is to keep your dressings clean, take your antibiotics as prescribed, abstain from smoking, keep incisions out of direct sunlight, and attend all follow-up appointments with your plastic surgeon.
How Much Does a Facelift Cost?
The pricing can fluctuate based on your unique needs, the degree of rejuvenation desired, and any additional procedures/treatments you may be interested in, so it is best to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sarbak or Dr. Simon to get a precise estimate for the cost of your surgery. Following the completion of your consultation, you will be presented with a detailed cost quote for your customized surgical plan. At this time you can speak with a member of our knowledgeable office team to discuss acceptable payment methods, financing options available through CareCredit® (for qualified applicants), and procedure scheduling. Our goal is always to help make the surgery you want as accessible and successful as possible.
Facelift Before-and-After Photos
Explore our digital photo gallery of facelift patients to see examples of the results that are possible:
If you would like to learn more information about facelift surgery, neck lift surgery, or any of the other plastic surgery options we offer, Please contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sarbak or Dr. Simon.