Facelift (also, see RefreshLift™)
The facelift is a proven plastic surgery procedure that works to correct or reduce the signs of aging. As we age, the ligaments which hold up our facial soft tissues begin to lose support resulting in sagging, folds, creases and jowls. Aging and sun damage also lead to facial skin changes such as wrinkles and laxity. The procedure targets excess fat in the face and neck, loose muscle and skin, deep nasolabial folds, perioral creases, jowls and the platysma neck bands. Generally speaking, facelift procedures only address the face and neck, although it can safely be combined with eyelid surgery and/or browlift. Laser resurfacing or chemical peels are ideal for improving wrinkled and damaged skin. Routine skin care treatments and products will help to maintain healthy skin and definitely increase the quality and longevity of facelift and other facial cosmetic procedures.
For many middle aged and elderly people, a facelift is ideal for achieving a younger appearance that more accurately expresses a youthful attitude toward life.
Those who are looking to rejuvenate the appearance of the face may want to consider facelift surgery. Specific indications include:
- Sagging jowls
- Deep facial folds and creases
- Loose skin in the face and neck
- Fat around the neck
- Neck bands
- Wrinkled skin
Individuals who suffer from high blood pressure, blood clotting problems, or a tendency to develop excessive scars should talk with their doctor before considering facelift surgery.
“It has been over a year since Dr. Phillip Dahan gave me my facelift, and I am MORE than pleased with the results. I look and feel much younger than my age, my husband and friends love my appearance, and even my career has received a significant boost! The procedure was easy, the recovery was quick. Dr. Dahan and his office staff were efficient and extremely caring. I’ve been to other surgeons, but Dr. Phillip Dahan is the best of all!”
To access the areas treated during the facelift, Dr. Dahan will make an incision above the hairline at the temples, along the natural contour in front of the ear, behind the tragus and behind the earlobe to the lower scalp. The skin is carefully cut beneath the fat. The skin is gently pulled at the lip, cheek and midline of neck. This is where the tissue is separated delicately. The thin fascia ( “SMAS” connective tissue of the face) is also pulled back to provide deeper support to the facial skin, especially around the jaw line. This is called a “Deep” facelift.
An incision may be made under the chin as well to rejuvenate the neck. The underlying tissues are then recontoured, neck bands corrected and the skin redraped for a tauter, smoother texture. Stitches are then used to fixate the tissue layers and close the incisions.
Facelift surgery time is approximately two to three hours and is performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation (“twilight”).
You can expect a two week recovery after the surgery. Common post-operative side effects include numbness, bruising, and swelling, symptoms that are alleviated with time and care. A snug bandage, for example, will be applied to the area to minimize swelling. It is also important to keep your head elevated and apply ice compresses to minimize swelling, as well as limiting activity.
Most facelifts should last 7-10 years before needing to redo it (also see RefreshLift™).
For more information about Facelift surgery, please contact Dr. Dahan’s office at (775) 826-4477.