A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a complex facial plastic surgery procedure that offers comprehensive facial rejuvenation, especially when combined with a neck lift and fat grafting.  Numerous facelift surgery techniques exist, including the short-scar or mini lift, deep plane facelift and SMAS facelift, but don't focus too much on surgical terminology.  

Put your face in Dr. Weston's hands, and she will select the proper procedures and techniques to achieve your facial rejuvenation goals.

Is a facelift right for you?

Facelift surgery is an effective way to achieve facial skin tightening and deep wrinkle reduction in qualified patients.  Folds and creases along the forehead and cheeks, as well as jowls, can be effectively diminished by a facelift.

Although facelift surgery tends to provide the most dramatic facial rejuvenation results, non-surgical procedures like dermabrasion, laser resurfacing and liquid facelift (rejuvenation using BOTOX® and injectable fillers) are sometimes recommended as facelift alternatives, particularly for younger patients who are not yet facelift surgery candidates.

Dr. Weston will talk with you about your facial rejuvenation goals, evalute your skin and bone structure and review your medical history before recommending a facelift or other facial rejuvenation procedure for you.

What to expect during facelift surgery

Dr. Weston will advise you regarding the use of medications and supplements in the weeks leading up to your facelift, and if you’re a smoker, smoking cessation will also be necessary.

On the day of your facelift, general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation is administered and discreet incisions are made in your hairline and near your ears. 

Facial tissues are separated and repositioned, muscles and skin may be tightened, and excess skin is removed.  Excess fat may also be removed via liposuction during facelift surgery.  

Sutures or staples are used to close the incisions once your skin has been expertly re-draped, and your incisions are dressed.  The facelift procedure typically takes about two to four hours.

In order to achieve the most pleasing, natural-looking results, Dr. Weston will choose which surgical techniques to use during your facelift based on your unique goals and facial anatomy.

Facelift recovery

You will need a ride home following your facelift surgery, as well as some in-house help during the first 10 days of recovery.  Drainage tubes may be necessary for a few days after surgery to reduce swelling and expel excess blood.

By the end of the second week of recovery, you should be ready to resume most daily activities and make public appearances, however vigorous activity should be avoided for one to two months.

Most swelling should be resolved within three months, and final facelift results should be visible in six to 12 months.  To ensure optimal results are achieved, follow all post-operative care instructions and keep your follow-up appointments with Dr. Weston.

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