Facelift surgery is a popular cosmetic facial procedure known for its rejuvenating benefits and ability to improve self-confidence. By removing excess skin and tightening underlying musculature, facelift surgery can significantly reduce visible signs of aging in the lower face, jawline, and neck. Patients who want age-defying outcomes that are more long-lasting than the results from facial fillers can benefit from facelift treatment. Here at Waldman, Schantz, and Turner Plastic Surgery Center and Skin Care, our highly-experienced team of plastic surgeons is dedicated to achieving beautiful, youthful, and natural-looking results for our facelift patients.

If you are interested in learning more about facelift surgery, we invite you to read the information provided below.

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Who Is a Candidate for a Facelift?

Good candidates for facelift surgery are usually individuals who want to address the following concerns:

  • Loose and sagging facial tissue (especially in the cheeks)
  • Jowls
  • Deep creases between the base of the nose and the corners of the mouth
  • Facial and neck wrinkles
  • Excess or displaced fat in the face and neck
  • A tired facial appearance
  • Double chin

Some patients may have additional conditions that they would like to improve. During your consultation, your plastic surgeon may suggest combining your facelift with other cosmetic procedures, such as neck liposuction or eyelid surgery, for more comprehensive results.

Patient Results

Are There Other Procedures to Complement Facelift Surgery?

Depending on the patient’s unique needs and aesthetic goals, the following procedures can help enhance the results of facelift surgery:

How Is the Facelift Procedure Performed?

Our plastic surgeons perform most facelifts in the privacy of our state-of-the-art accredited operating suite. While facelifts can be performed under either general or local anesthesia, our plastic surgeons prefer to use local anesthesia with monitored anesthesia care whenever possible. Some people refer to this as “twilight” anesthesia, and it is intravenously administered by one of our certified nurse anesthetists (CRNA).

At our practice, we perform facelift surgery using a highly-specialized deep plane technique 25% of the time and a SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system) method 75% of the time. The deep plane approach tightens and elevates both the skin and the SMAS layers simultaneously in the deep plane layer of the face. This method is designed to protect and preserve the patient’s deep facial structures and avoid the overly-tight, unnatural look that facelift patients often do not desire. For the SMAS technique, the skin and SMAS layers are tightened separately rather than together. It is less invasive than the deep plane method, yet can still achieve the same beautiful, long-lasting results. Both methods are considered highly effective at diminishing signs of aging in the face. Your plastic surgeon will let you know which technique would be best for your individualized treatment plan during your consultation.

Facelift incisions are typically made within the hairline and creases of the outer ear so that any scarring can be easily concealed. For women, the incision usually begins in the hair behind the temple, passes just within the ear or in front of the ear (depending on the patient), and then loops around the earlobe back into the hairline. In men, the facelift incision may pass in front of each ear, where it can be hidden by the sideburns. It does not pass through the ear, as in women, because that would cause beard growth in the ear.

By using these incisions, your plastic surgeon can carefully lift and tighten the underlying tissue and musculature to achieve your desired look. They can also reposition or remove fat and skin for a more contoured appearance. For the final step of the procedure, your plastic surgeon redrapes the facial skin for a smoother and firmer facial appearance. We provide private overnight care for patients following their facelift surgery.

“Dr. Waldman is a perfectionist. He has performed several cosmetic procedures on me without incident. The results of my facelift give me a natural, relaxed appearance with which I am completely satisfied.”
- Sylvia S.

What Is Recovery from Facelift Surgery Like

Most of the time, patients will go home with a dressing, which their plastic surgeon removes the next day. Sutures are removed within 7-10 days, and bruising and swelling decrease to “socially acceptable” levels in 10-20 days. Final results are evident in 4-6 weeks or sooner, with continued improvement over several months. Most patients are able to return to work in 2-3 weeks or so. It is best for patients who will be attending major social engagements to allow themselves even more time to heal. Patients who undergo a “mini facelift” usually have a slightly shorter recovery period.

How Long Do Facelift Results Last?

A facelift doesn’t stop the aging process but helps to “turn back the hands of time”. The rate at which facial aging occurs is greatly dependent upon how old a patient is and their lifestyle. Years after the surgery, patients can expect to look better than if they had never undergone facelift treatment. Most of our patients consider returning for a secondary surgery 7-15 years after their initial facelift to enjoy their results for even longer.

How Much Does a Facelift Cost?

At our practice, facelift surgery typically costs between $10,000 and $15,000. A variety of factors can affect the total expense of treatment, including:

During your consultation, a member of our team can give you a more precise quote of how much your facelift procedure will cost. Cosmetic treatments can be a big investment, which is why we allow qualified patients to pay with a CareCredit® card or a loan from Prosper Healthcare Lending. CareCredit® can make it easier and more convenient for you to pay by helping you set up monthly payment plans with little to no interest. Similarly, Prosper Healthcare Lending helps finance plastic surgery treatments by providing loans with no prepayment penalties or retroactive interest. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about our financing options, feel free to contact us.

Additional Frequently Asked Questions About Facelift Surgery

If you are interested in achieving a more youthful appearance with the help of facelift surgery, please schedule a consultation today by calling us at (859) 254-5665 or by filling out our online contact form.