What is a Facelift?
As we age, skin and tissues in the face and neck area lose elasticity, and this leads to sagging and wrinkles. A facelift works to reduce the signs of aging through a surgical procedure to lift and tighten tissues in the face. It may involve removing excess skin, smoothing folds or wrinkles, and tightening facial tissues.
A facelift focuses on the bottom two-thirds of the face and may be combined with a platysmaplasty (neck lift) or a brow and eye lift. While there are many reasons for getting a facelift, the most common is to correct the signs of aging.
- Advancements in facelift surgery have reduced the downtime that patients can expect to experience
- Pain after the surgery is much lower than patients anticipate
- The procedure removes excess skin and fat to reduce sagging in the face and neck area
- Facelifts are outpatient procedures, and, in most cases, the patient goes home after the surgery
- Risk of scarring has been reduced significantly - incisions are hidden in front of, or behind the ears and in the hairline, and the scars are barely visible once fully healed
- A facelift won’t help with fine lines, superficial wrinkles, pigmentation issues, or sun damage
- The surgery doesn’t create a new look; it only helps you to look younger
- Doesn’t help with signs of aging in the eyelids or brow area
- Some risks, such as scarring, numbness, blood loss, and infection
- Downtime is approximately two weeks, although it may be less
- A facelift may cost more than $12,000
- Results are not permanent, although the results last longer than many other cosmetic procedures