Facelift in Philadelphia
Plastic Surgeon & Medical Spa Serving Bryn Mawr and The Main Line of Philadelphia, PA
Facial Rejuvenation with a Facelift
We all wish to look as young as we feel. Gravity, sun exposure, and the stresses of daily life can 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.
What is a Facelift?
A facelift, technically known as a rhytidectomy, is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures available. A facelift removes wrinkles, sagging and skin laxity for a younger, more refreshed appearance. A facelift procedure reverses the signs of aging by tightening muscles, removing fat, and trimming excess skin, rejuvenating the mid- to lower face, including the cheeks, mouth, chin, and neck. Dr. Claytor, who is board certified in Plastic Surgery, employs the most up to date techniques to enable patients to achieve the safest, most natural looking result. Dr. Claytor expertise enables him to combine the facelift with an eyelift (blepharoplasty) and/or facial fat grafting to achieve optimal results.
What Can A Facelift Correct?
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
Who is a Candidate for facelift surgery?
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.
The Facelift Procedure
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
*Individual results may vary on a case by case basis
Recovery After Facelift Surgery
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.
Facelift Operation Demonstration
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.
*Individual results may vary on a case by case basis
Watch Our Real Patient Debbie After her Facelift and Tummy Tuck
Are there any Risks Associated Facelift Surgery?
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
AAAASF Surgery Center
Dr. Claytor performs the facelift procedure weekly at our own American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facility (AAAASF) as well as at both Bryn Mawr Hospital and the Surgery Center of the Main Line in Philadelphia. Done under local anesthesia in the safety of our certified facility, patients appreciate the ease of their recovery without the grogginess that often results from general anesthesia.
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.
Are there any Alternatives to Facelift Surgery?
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.
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I had a very pleasant experience with Dr. Claytor and his staff
Dr. Claytor and his staff were excellent. Words cannot express the comfort I felt from everyone in his office, not to mention that Dr. Claytor called me personally before, during and after my procedure to see how I was doing and if I needed anything. Thank you Dr. Claytor, Emily, Debbie and the rest of the staff for such a professional and comforting experience.
Subtract Aging! – Bryn Mawr, PA
Discouraged with the extra skin under chin and also with the marionette lines which made me look like as though I was unhappy. I was recommended to Dr. Claytor by oncologist, Dr. Schnall. I feel 10 years younger and I walk with a spring in my step. Dr. Claytor is very professional and caring. Excellent surgeon!