One of the most common aesthetic enhancement procedures available is also one of the most effective: the facelift. Facelift surgery addresses a number of issues one may have with how they look, including deep folds, wrinkles, and other signs of aging and exhaustion that are too significant to treat with non-surgical skin tightening techniques like Ultherapy®. Facelift procedures available from our board-certified plastic surgeons can take years off the face and give your skin a smoother, more youthful, more refreshed appearance. Luis A. Zapiach, MD and John T. Cozzone, MD offer a variety of facelift techniques that can create natural-looking, beautiful results without giving away the fact that you’ve had plastic surgery.
What Are the Benefits of a Facelift?
Facelift surgery offers numerous benefits to individuals seeking to minimize signs of aging for a rejuvenated and revitalized facial appearance. Based on your specific needs and goals, this popular procedure can be individually tailored to help:
- Reduce notable lines, wrinkles, folds, and creases
- Lift and tighten loose, sagging skin of the face
- Tighten lax facial musculature
- Augment and/or restore lost volume in the cheeks and midface
- Diminish localized fat buildups throughout the face
In addition to these cosmetic improvements, facelift surgery can usually be combined with complementary treatments like brow lift, eyelid surgery, and aesthetic injectables to create an even more comprehensive facial enhancement.
Who Is a Candidate for Facelift Surgery?
Good candidates for facelift surgery typically include women and men who desire a more extensive, longer-lasting solution than non-surgical treatments can provide for one or more of the following aesthetic facial concerns:
- Moderate to deep facial lines, wrinkles, creases, and/or folds
- Stubborn accumulations of excess fat
- Lax, sagging skin and/or jowling
- Loss of volume in the temples and midface
It is important to note that facelift surgery will only address these concerns if they are located in the lower two-thirds of the face. If your cosmetic issues also pertain to the eyes and/or forehead region, you may want to also consider a brow lift and/or blepharoplasty.
How Is the Facelift Procedure Performed?
At Art Plastic Surgery, Dr. Cozzone and Dr. Zapiach offer a full facelift and mid-facelift, both of which are outlined below. The most appropriate option for your unique needs and goals can be determined at the time of the consultation.
A traditional facelift typically begins with incisions made at the temples, above the hairline. The incisions will extend to the front of the ear, or inside the front-ear cartilage going to the back of the earlobe. Typically, any scarring from a traditional facelift is well-hidden under the hairline. Our plastic surgeons will separate facial skin and fat from underlying muscles, and then tighten the muscles. The excess skin is removed, and the remaining skin is tightened for a smoother, less-wrinkled appearance. The incisions are closed, and the procedure is then complete.
Most facelift surgeries take about two to three hours to perform, depending on the extent of the procedure. Facelift surgery can be performed on an outpatient basis.
Mid-facelift surgery is a procedure that can provide effective rejuvenation in the area of the cheeks. Dr. Cozzone or Dr. Zapiach will remove excess fat and and tighten muscle tissues in the cheeks, which can give the area a firmer, more youthful appearance. Nasolabial folds—furrows and creases between the nose and the upper lip—can also be significantly rejuvenated with this procedure. Mid-facelift surgery can also serve to smooth out and renew areas around the lower eyes. The mid-facelift is often performed in conjunction with facial rejuvenation procedures targeting other areas of the face to achieve a full aesthetic facial makeover.
What Is Recovery from Facelift Surgery Like?
Recovery from a facelift procedure will entail some bruising and swelling after surgery; however, any pain and discomfort can be managed with medication. Our surgeons will advise you to keep the head elevated for a few days following surgery, and patients will often be required to wear bandages on the face for a few days while the face heals. Most patients can resume normal daily routines about 10 days after facelift surgery, though more strenuous activities will need to be avoided for a bit longer to help ensure proper healing.
Other Facelift FAQs
Does facelift surgery address the entire face?
While it is certainly the most comprehensive facial procedure available, facelift surgery will only address the lower two-thirds of the face. As a result, individuals bothered by signs of aging in the upper third of the face (essentially the eyes and forehead region) will benefit most from combining their facelift with eyelid surgery and/or brow lift if they wish to rejuvenate these areas as well.
What is the best age for a facelift?
Due to factors such as heredity, lifestyle habits, environmental elements, and more, there is not a specific age that is considered “best” for a facelift. Our plastic surgeons have performed facelift surgery for patients of many different ages, all of whom were considered good candidates based on their specific needs and desires at the time. If our doctors determine that facelift surgery is not right for you during your consultation, they will recommend a more appropriate treatment option.
Will scarring be noticeable?
Incisions for facelift surgery are usually made above/behind the hairline, which means any scarring is often concealed by one’s hair. As an added benefit, the appearance of any potential scarring tends to improve over time with proper care and strict adherence to postoperative restrictions throughout the healing process. In the majority of cases, the only people who will know you have received a facelift will be you, your surgeon, and anyone you choose to tell.
Will there be much pain?
Our plastic surgeons take great care to minimize tissue trauma throughout the facelift procedure, which ultimately helps reduce any pain that may be experienced after surgery. At our practice, most patients report experiencing nothing more than mild to moderate discomfort that can be effectively alleviated with medicine.
How long do facelift results last?
Facelift results tend to last an average of about seven to ten years for most patients, though this can vary based on factors such as tissue elasticity, lifestyle habits, postoperative skin care, genetics, and much more. When results do eventually start to diminish, patients will still appear younger than they would if they never received a facelift.
Please contact our practice with any additional questions you may have on our facelift procedures. Our plastic surgeons will be happy to meet with you in an initial consultation and discuss all aspects of the treatment and recovery process.