Facelift in Philadelphia
What is a Facelift?
In time, gravity, sun exposure, and the stresses of daily life take their toll on our faces and necks. Deep creases appear beside the mouth, the jaw line slackens and becomes jowly, and the neck develops loose folds and fat deposits.
A facelift, technically known as a rhytidectomy, is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures available. Rhytidectomy literally means removal of wrinkles and is aptly named since the procedure is designed to treat wrinkles, sagging and skin laxity for a younger, more refreshed appearance.
A facelift procedure counteracts these signs of aging by tightening muscles, removing fat, and trimming excess skin, giving your face a fresher, youthful look. Facelifts rejuvenate the mid- to lower face, including the cheeks, mouth, chin, and neck.
Facelift Treatment Areas
Facelifts are most effective for patients who want to correct:
- Midface sagging
- Deep creases under the eyes
- Deep creases between the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds)
- Jowls due to loss of muscle tone
- Sagging areas of fat
- Loose skin and fat under the chin and jaw
Educational Presentation on Facelifts
At Claytor Noone Plastic Surgery, Dr. Claytor performs facelift surgery on both male and female patients. The ideal candidates for facelift surgery are those that are generally healthy and do not smoke. Additionally, those that want to correct the signs of aging in the areas mentioned above but still have some skin elasticity can be eligible for surgery.
Facelifts are typically outpatient procedures and may be performed in an office-based facility, surgery center or hospital. Patients may have a choice of IV sedation or general anesthesia which allows the patient to be asleep and feel no pain during the duration of the procedure. The way a facelift is performed varies depending on the patient’s anatomic changes due to aging. The length of the procedure is determined by the technique chosen as well as if the patient opts to combine their facelift with another procedure.
During the facelift procedure, an incision is made around the ear, sometimes extending into the scalp. There are several different techniques that Dr. Claytor may choose depending on each patient’s facial structure and goals. Most include sculpting, lifting and repositioning the underlying fat, muscle, and tissues, while also trimming and reshaping the skin for dramatic yet natural-looking results.
Facelift Surgery Before and After
Following your facelift or rhytidectomy, you will be bandaged and may have drainage tubes. The tubes will then be taken out the next day in the office and stitches can be removed approximately one week later. At first, you may experience swelling, numbness, bruising, and a feeling of tightness or tension in the face and neck. These feelings will resolve and patients can return to work by the 2nd or 3rd week. During this time, camouflage cosmetics can be used to minimize the appearance of bruising. You should be gentle with your skin and hair as you recover.
Results of a Facelift
With good maintenance, your facelift results will last between 8-10 years. Skin continues to age, so it is important to have a regular skincare regimen to maintain your results. This is especially important for the incisions placed in the hairline or near the ear. and as time goes on the scar will begin to fade but Dr. Claytor recommends continued use of scar cream and sunscreen to minimize scarring.
Facelift Operation Demonstration
Risks Associated with a Facelift
During your consultation, Dr. Claytor will discuss the risks and complications that can occur during a facelift. These possible complications include:
- Uneven swelling
- Allergic reaction to anesthesia
- Skin blistering (usually only seen in smokers)
- Temporary or permanent loss of sensation in the face
How Much Does a Facelift Cost?
A facelift varies in price depending on the look you wish to achieve and your body’s specific needs. The complete cost for a surgical procedure will include the surgeon’s fee, the hospital or surgery center fee, and the anesthesia fee. There are several options within the facelift which will dictate whether Dr. Claytor will perform your surgery in our AAAASF surgical facility or at the hospital. Those options and decisions will be discussed at your consultation.
Alternatives to a Facelift
Facelifts can produce a dramatic improvement in appearance for patients. However, they do not stop the aging process. Therefore, signs of aging will gradually appear once again. Further, facelifts will not rejuvenate the brow, eyelids, nose, and some of the midface.
Patients who want to improve these areas may consider combining a facelift with a blepharoplasty or neck lift using SmartLipo to achieve their desired result. Additionally, are non-surgical rejuvenating options such as Pellevé, Fraxel, IPL, and fillers that can enhance the effects of a facelift. Unfortunately, no non-surgical options will have the effect of a surgical facelift.