Surgical Facelift


The process of aging is something we can’t avoid. Time, the environment, lifestyle, and health are only some of the factors that can add to that “aging” look, especially on the skin of the face. The signs are there for all of us — wrinkles and creases, skin that looks saggy or loose, folds and fat deposits, and that general loss of firmness and volume. Many people find themselves looking for ways to improve their appearance, despite their age. Cosmetic surgery can help.

Facelifts are a common form of cosmetic surgery. In fact, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported that facelifts, also known as rhytidectomies, were the fifth most common cosmetic procedure performed in 2013, with 133,000 surgeries having been performed. Facelifts are generally safe and simple procedures that can offer dramatic results, often taking ten or even 15 years off someone’s aesthetic appearance. A facelift is also the most extensive way to correct a host of common aging issues on the face and neck, all at once. Sure, a facelift doesn’t actually stop the aging process — but nothing does. But in the hands of a skilled cosmetic surgeon, like the ones here at Facial Aesthetic Concepts, a facelift can give you a more youthful appearance without looking unnatural or unusual.

In some cases, facelifts can also be combined with other surgical techniques to get even more dramatic results, especially for those who have specific issues in addition to just the overall look of the face. For example, an overall facelift can be combined with things like a brow lift, eyelid surgery, or rhinoplasty/nose reshaping. And on the other side of the cosmetic coin, facelifts can be less extensive as well, correcting issues on just the neck or just the upper part of the face. It all depends on what you are trying to correct.

Facelifts are surgical procedures, and therefore they are performed only by qualified, professional plastic surgeons. The surgery itself is very simple to understand and is essentially what the name states. Facial skin is surgically “lifted,” which allows the surgeon to tighten both your skin and the tissues beneath your skin, and then reposition that skin over facial contours in a smoother way.

Incisions for full facelift surgery are made in the hairline by the temples, then continue around the ear to the lower scalp. In some cases, there may also be fat sculpting or fat redistribution to increase volume in areas that would benefit from it (such as the hollows of the cheeks). Following all of that, the skin of the face is smoothed over, with any excess skin being trimmed away (if needed). If a neck lift is also being performed, a second incision beneath the chin will facilitate that secondary procedure. Finally, the incisions will be closed with sutures or skin adhesive, depending what your surgeon thinks is best for you.

There will be post-surgery recovery time needed. You will have bandages on your face to keep swelling at a minimum, and you may have drainage tubes for a period of time. The tubes are there to deal with any excess blood or fluid that collects under the skin as a result of the surgery. Your surgeon will give you all the details of what your postoperative care and recovery will be, so that you know what steps you need to take to facilitate healing.

The full results from your facelift will be complete after a few months, as it does take some time for complete recovery. If you have more questions about facelifts and whether or not this procedure might be right for you, call the cosmetic surgery professionals at Facial Aesthetic Concepts today.