Facelift

Rhytidectomy

A facelift is a rejuvenating procedure that can combat the signs of aging in the face. Performed at our El Paso, Texas practice, a facelift can significantly improve the appearance of deep wrinkles, loose skin, and other signs of aging and allow older patients to turn back the hands of time to better reflect a youthful spirit. Slip procedures are now more available to patients than ever. Rhytidectomy can be an excellent way to improve appearance and boost self-confidence.

Types of Facelift Surgery

The public is often confused by the multiple names a facelift procedure can be given. Mini facelift, lower facelift, mid-facelift, weekend lift, lifestyle lift, and thread lift are some of the terms to name a few. In reality facelift procedures can be categorized according to the extent of surgery and location of facial corrections. Therefore it’s important to consider the specific areas they want to target for improvement, desired length of recovery, and your post surgical expectations. Click on the links below for further information.

The Facelift Procedure

During the initial consultation at our practice, your cosmetic surgeon will examine your face and neck, pointing out multiple techniques that can be used during the facelift. Like any cosmetic surgery procedure, it is important for patients to have realistic expectations about their results. A highly accurate, animated, computerized visualization may be used to help you better understanding what a facelift can do for you. Before a facelift, the patient should stop smoking for at least two weeks. Most anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin, should also be avoided for two weeks before the surgery to reduce bleeding. Most of the time, facelift surgery involves the entire face – the forehead, cheeks and neck. Occasionally, it may be combined with a chemical peel or laser skin resurfacing to maximize effects. During the facelift procedure, incisions are typically made in front of and behind the ear and may extend into the scalp. The skin is loosened, the deep layers of tissue are lifted, and the muscles are tightened. Excess skin is removed or repositioned, and liposuction may be performed on the neck and jowls. We may also incorporate micro-fat injections to restore volume and youthfulness to the face.

Candidates

A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a procedure designed to decrease the visible signs of aging which include skin laxity, wrinkles, sagging jowls, marked nasolabial lines, and loss of facial volume. There are no age limitations for undergoing a facelift procedure. Although most patients are between 40 and 70 years old, any patient with good overall health may undergo the facelift procedure. Younger patients with milder signs of aging may be good candidates for volume restoration utilizing fat grafting and a mini-facelift with smaller incisions, less skin undermining, and a quicker recovery. Facelift procedures are often combined with blepharoplasty or eyelid rejuvenation, forehead or brow lift, and neck lift.

Recovery

Patients usually stay in the hospital overnight after a facelift and go home the next day. Most patients can go back to their regular activities after a few weeks. Bruising from a facelift typically disappears in one to two weeks, but swelling may last longer. A significant portion of the swelling will subside in the first month, but complete resolution requires six months or longer. After a facelift, patients may experience some change in the sensation in the skin or in the face, which can last for up to a year. Other potential risks associated with facelift surgery include infection, excessive bleeding, nerve damage, healing difficulties, and adverse reactions to anesthesia.

Risks and potential complications

Facelift surgery is one of the safest and most popular procedures available. The most common facelift risks or complications include nausea and/or vomiting due to the anesthesia, bleeding, and infection. Some other less frequent complications specific to facelift or rhytidectomy procedures include injury to nerves, wound healing delays, scarring, and hair loss around the incisions. Most of these complications are temporary and resolve.

Cost

The cost for a facelift procedure has changed dramatically over the years. Only available to the rich and famous in the past, the procedure can now be affordable. The price for a facelift procedure can range from $5,000 to more than $15,000 including surgeon fees, facility fees, and anesthesiologist fees. The cost depends on the extent and type of procedure (mini-facelift vs. full face lift with eye lift, neck lift, and brow lift), patient desires for rejuvenation, and type of anesthesia (general anesthesia versus conscious sedation anesthesia).

If you are interested in learning more about facelift, contact our West Texas practice today, servicing El Paso, Las Cruces, Albuquerque, Juarez, Chihuahua, Canutillo, Alamogordo, and Northern Mexico.

RealSelf Q&A with S. Ozan Sozer, MD