Early signs of facial aging include fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, mouth, and ears. As we age, we lose some of the elasticity to our skin and gravity takes over. We now have several options for delaying the effects of this change without surgery. Eventually, however, these non-surgical options become less effective. In this circumstance a facelift may a good choice for you. A facelift addresses excess skin, facial fat descent (jowling), and lines/wrinkles attributed to facial aging. There are several types of facelifts. Our surgeons believe in a truly natural look that avoids the “wind swept” or “tight” appearance that can be associated with a facelift. Our surgeons use the latest techniques and personalize your operation to meet your needs.
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This type of facelift addresses the excess skin not only in the face, but in the neck as well. You can anticipate an incision that extends around your ear into the hairline behind your ear. Through this incision and possibly a small incision under your chin, the excess skin is removed, the jowls corrected, and the muscles of the neck are tightened giving you a more youthful appearance and a rejuvenated neck line.
A mini facelift is a great option for patients who do not have as much skin laxity, particularly in their neck region. With this procedure, the incisions are hidden around your ear, but do not extend into your hairline.
A MACS lift (Minimal Access Cranial Suspension) is a technique that uses a short incision to minimize your scaring. Special sutures are placed to overcome gravity and elevate the jowls, correcting the facial fat descent. The excess skin is then removed.
These procedures are often accompanied by other procedures to completely rejuvenate the face, neck, and the skin. These procedures include: liposuction under the chin, fat injections to fill areas of face that are deficient as a result of aging, and chemical peels or laser treatments. These adjuncts and which procedure is best for you will be discussed with you at your consult.
Your surgery will be done as an outpatient and you can go home the same day with a bulky dressing on your face. You will be seen in the office the next day. We will see you the week after surgery and then extend appointments out from there depending on how you are doing. Healing takes place in 2-3 weeks, at which time you can apply makeup. The majority of the swelling is gone by 4 weeks, but it takes several months for every last bit of swelling to resolve.