Facelift

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.

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.

Benefits of a HARMONIC® Facelift

Dr. Moya has had great success using HARMONIC® technology for many of his procedures, including facelifts. Whereas the more conventional and widely-used surgical instrument (Bovie) cuts and cauterizes (seals) tissues via electrical current, HARMONIC® devices use ultrasonic vibrations to perform the same tasks. This means that instead of using heat to cut and seal tissues (which can then spread and damage the surrounding tissues not being removed from the body), there is only minimal energy (heat) transfer and thus very little damage to surrounding tissues.

“So what does all of that mean for me?” you might ask. Well, for Dr. Moya’s facelift and neck lift patients, using a HARMONIC® scalpel means that there will be very little post-operative bruising, swelling, and pain, which then results in a much quicker return to your social activities. For certain patients, depending on the degree of surgery and/or length of surgical time needed, the advanced technology allows the procedure to be more easily performed under only local anesthesia with mild sedation, since there is no electrical stimulation of the nerves and muscles (unlike traditional instruments) which could cause muscle twitching and patient discomfort.

HARMONIC® technology is very different from traditional surgical instruments, and because of this, specialized training and modest amount of experience are necessary in order to obtain superior results. Dr. Moya has been utilizing this technology since 2007, and will be happy to show you what it can do for you.

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.

*Before and after photos are available at the time of consult.

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