When Should I Consider a Facelift (Rhytidectomy) ?

The goal of a facelift operation is to reduce the signs of aging. The aging process happens in a relatively straightforward process. First, the skin starts to lose some of its elasticity, which allows structures to begin to drop. This often shows up early on as lines around the mouth called the melolabial folds (also known as the nasolabial folds) and the marionette lines. As time goes on, jowling begins to develop as the cheek continues to descend.

An exaggerated hollowness below the eyes may emerge as the cheek falls. Bands start to form in the neck as the supporting structures weaken, leading to further hanging skin and even fatty deposits below the chin. As the cheek descends further, the jowls become more severe, and the cheek can become more hollow.

What To Expect in Your Facelift Consultation?

Because your face is unique, it is important that you and Dr. Gray work together to develop a customized plan.  During your consultation, Dr. Gray will give you plenty of time to discuss what your concerns are, answer any questions that you may have, and inform you of the details of the procedure.

How Does A Facelift Work?

First of all, the facelift procedure is much simpler than it was a generation ago.  Using your personalized surgical plan, Dr. Gray typically begins the facelift procedure with an incision carefully placed around the natural contours of the ears and hidden within the hairline. At that time, the underlying facial muscles can be tightened where needed to provide greater support. Any excess skin is removed and the remaining skin is re-draped to smooth lines, wrinkles, and creases. Facelift surgery is an outpatient procedure that usually takes 2-3 hours to perform, depending upon the complexity of the surgical plan. The goal of Facelift Surgery is to always achieve a natural and not stretched look.

What Is The Typical Recovery From A Facelift?

The typical patient who undergoes this surgery has bruising and swelling of the neck and cheeks that peaks on the third day after surgery. This is usually resolved by 2.5 to 3 weeks after surgery. Individuals will vary in their recovery time, however. Some patients can look great at 1.5 weeks after surgery, and some take a bit longer than 3 weeks.

Are There Non – Invasive Techniques?

Cosmetic surgery is constantly evolving and always finding ways to minimize the invasiveness of procedures. There are countless options that are considered less invasive than a facelift, including wrinkle relaxers which can soften folds and contours. The effects, while effective, are often short-term lasting about 6 months to a year. Although these procedures can be safely repeated, for some, a facelift may be a better, more permanent option.

Am I A Good Candidate for a Facelift?

Anyone may consider a facelift as soon as evidence of aging starts taking a toll on the skin. Generally, patients who are age 40 to 60 consider a facelift. Personal habits and environmental conditions may impact the skin.