What is a Facelift?
The facelift is a plastic surgery procedure performed by Reno Plastic Surgeon Dr. Dahan 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. This results 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 can help to maintain healthy skin and definitely increase the quality and longevity of facelift and other facial cosmetic procedures.
Who Is the Ideal Candidate for a Facelift?
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
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.* 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.
Facelift Before & After
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!*Individual results may vary
To access the areas treated during the facelift, Dr. Dahan can 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. Dr. Dahan carefully cuts the skin beneath the fat. He gently pulls the skin at the lip, cheek and midline of neck. This is where he delicately separates the tissue. The surgeon also pulls back the thin fascia (“SMAS” connective tissue of the face) to provide deeper support to the facial skin, especially around the jaw line. This is 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. Dr. Dahan performs the surgery under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation (“twilight”).
The facelift recovery is typically two weeks. Common post-operative side effects include numbness, bruising, and swelling. Patients can alleviate symptoms with time and care. Patients can apply a snug bandage 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.
How Long Do Facelift Results Last?
Most facelifts should last 7-10 years before needing to redo it (also see RefreshLift™). *Individual results may vary