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A facelift is a surgical procedure that can help reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles and other signs of aging, including sagging in the middle of your face, loss of tone in your lower face (creating jowls), and perhaps a “double chin” even if you are not overweight. While it cannot turn back the hands of time, a facelift can help to provide a more youthful contour to the face and neck, giving you a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance.

Additional procedures that can enhance the results of a facelift include: an eyelid lift, skin peel, chin enlargement, nose reshaping, PrecisionTx liposuction, and lip enlargement. We also offer a non-surgical procedure called Ultherapy.

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Who is a good candidate for a Facelift?

A facelift may be a good option for you if you have begun to notice:

  • deepening of lines or wrinkles on your face (including “smile lines” around the mouth and eyes)
  • loss of facial volume
  • loss of a well-defined jawline (jowls)
  • lines or “cords” in your neck

Ideal candidates are those who have good skin elasticity (so that facial skin can conform to your new and improved facial contours), realistic expectations, and good overall health. Because nicotine compromises blood flow to the tissues, which can cause healing issues, it is strongly preferred that patients do not smoke; smokers will need to make adjustments in their smoking habits both before and after surgery in order to optimize healing.

How is a facelift performed?

Facelifts are done on an outpatient basis. While the patient is under anesthesia, incisions are made within the hairline above the ear extending in or below the hairline behind the ear. The subcutaneous layers of the cheek and neck muscles are tightened, the facial skin is lifted, and the excess skin is removed.

Recovery after a facelift

The patient goes home with head and neck wrapped in dressings, which are usually removed a day or two after the surgery. Minimal initial discomfort can be controlled with medication. Sutures are gradually removed over 14 days. Bruising and swelling decrease to "socially acceptable" levels in 10 to 20 days. Anticipated results should be visible in 4 to 6 weeks or sooner, with continuing improvement for several months.


Insurance Guidelines

Because this procedure is considered to be cosmetic, the cost is not covered by insurance and must be paid by the patient. The cost of a facelift can be determined during a consultation with one of our surgeons.

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