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Facelift

  • Length: 1-5 hours (this applies to all facial procedures)
  • Anesthesia: IV Sedation
  • In Patient/Out Patient: Out patient
  • Potential Side Effects/Risks: Bruising, numbness, muscle weakness and nerve weakness
  • Principal Benefits: More youthful, alert appearance

Any of a number of factors can cause facial skin to sag or droop: excessive sun exposure, the aging process, changes in weight. Such wrinkles and jowls can make you look much older than you really are and how you feel. Facelift is a surgical procedure that can give you a smoother, more youthful appearance with long-lasting results.

What is a Facelift?

A facelift is a surgical procedure focused on lifting and tightening the deep tissue and skin of the lower third of the face and, oftentimes, the neck area as well. There are many facelift techniques that our experienced plastic surgeon, James Vogel, MD, can utilize to create a customized approach to your facelift. The surgical plan he develops is based on the visible signs of facial aging you present and cosmetic goals you’d like to achieve.

Benefits of Facelift Surgery

For men and women experiencing moderate to significant signs of facial aging, facelift surgery performed by Dr. Vogel can provide  several cosmetic benefits, including:

  • Reduction in deep facial creases and folds
  • Elimination of excess skin
  • Smoother, more lifted facial contours
  • Reduction of jowls along the jawline
  • More youthful-looking neck if combined with neck lift techniques
  • A more graceful facial aging process
  • Long-lasting results

Dr. Vogel may even suggest complementary non-surgical treatments or facial plastic surgery procedures that can help create more comprehensive rejuvenation. Brow lift surgery, eyelid surgery, BOTOX® Cosmetic injections, and state-of-the-art dermal fillers are commonly combined with facelift for more youthful and natural-looking results.

The Facelift Procedure

During an in-depth consultation with Dr. Vogel, you will have the opportunity to discuss your cosmetic concerns and goals. He will assess both your physical health and appearance to determine if facelift surgery is the right option for you. If you are a good candidate for a facelift and choose to proceed with surgery, you can schedule your procedure and learn about what to expect at each stage of the process.

On the day of surgery, general anesthesia is administered and the procedure begins. Dr. Vogel makes two incisions within the hairline and in front of the ear, following the carefully devised surgical plan. The techniques used can vary from patient to patient depending upon the degree of improvement desired. Through these small incisions, he accesses the connective tissue and musculature that requires lifting and tightening. Once the soft tissue has been properly addressed, he focuses on smoothing the facial skin over the newly rejuvenated framework for a natural look. He removes any excess skin and carefully closes the incisions. The face is then bandaged and wrapped.

Recovery after Facelift

Some degree of swelling, bruising, tenderness, and numbness is common after a facelift and should subside as the face heals. Keeping your head elevated as you recover is critical for minimizing swelling. Any discomfort experienced after surgery can be managed with medication if desired. Usually, patients are able to return to work and low-impact activities after a couple of weeks of rest. Follow-up appointments with Dr. Vogel keep you updated on the progress of your healing.

Facelift Surgery Results

When residual swelling has subsided completely, the final results of your facelift will be revealed. Patients who have undergone a facelift performed by Dr. Vogel are typically thrilled with the natural-looking results of their procedure. His expertise in facelift surgery has earned Dr. Vogel a reputation of excellence nationwide. If you are considering a facelift, we encourage you to browse through our before-and-after photo gallery featuring many of our facelift patients. To schedule a facial rejuvenation consultation, please contact our office.

Dr. Vogel Answers Frequently Asked Questions

I do not want to look like I had a facelift or appear tightly pulled; can I obtain a natural look?
Absolutely! My goal is to have patients appear younger and refreshed, not “operated upon.” The technique I use for the procedure pulls deep layers and does not require tight skin stretching. I encourage patients to bring photos of themselves taken 15 years ago to the consultation. This serves as an important starting point for the planning of the procedure.
How long does a facelift usually last?
Depending on the patient’s age, health, smoking history, and skin type, a facelift’s results should last ten years. However, the facelift can be thought of as lasting forever in that individuals who undergo a facelift will always look better having had the procedure than not.
Will a facelift help if I have a lot of facial wrinkles?
A facelift itself is not entirely effective against very fine facial lines. In addition to a facelift, you might need laser resurfacing, dermabrasion and/or fat grafting.
Do men commonly get facelifts, and are there any special concerns?
Yes, men commonly have facelifts with terrific success. A man’s face has more blood vessels than a woman’s because of the male beard. Therefore, there can be a higher incidence of postoperative bleeding. Also, the bearded skin is pulled closer to the ear and behind the ear so shaving will be necessary in those areas.
What is recovery like following a facelift?
You will have only moderate soreness for a few days, but this will improve quickly thereafter. A tight feeling will persist for a few weeks. Numbness of the face will persist to some degree for several months. Most people take off about 2-3 weeks from work to recuperate.
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