Facelift (Rhytidectomy)

As we age, the supporting structures of the face become lax, which contributes to loss of cheek volume, increase of deep folds along the nose, and jowling or excess skin and fat along the jawline. Surgical correction repositions the cheek fat, tightens the underlying tissue, softens the folds and improves the contours of the jawline. Depending on your skin and tissues, results from this type of surgical correction may last for several years. Our cosmetic surgeons bring skilled hands and experience to each patient.

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Patient Before & After Photos

Face lift by Dr. Lamont Jones

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Face lift by Dr. Robert Deeb

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What to expect

During your initial consultation you will undergo a thorough evaluation of your facial structures and features. Photographs are taken and your personalized treatment plan is then created and discussed in great detail. 

Facelift surgery generally takes 2 – 3 hours in an outpatient setting. You will be able to go home the same day. The procedure can be performed under general or local anesthesia with light anesthesia. Recovery is approximately one week. You may experience some bruising along the cheeks, jawline and neck.

Surgery involves incisions around your ear, which are generally not noticeable once they have healed. Facelift surgery is often combined with liposuction under your chin and along your jawline. Your results will last for several years.

How old do I need to be to have a facelift?

There is no age requirement for facelift surgery. It is generally performed in patients ranging from 35 – 85 years old.

What are the risks of facelift surgery?

Facelift surgery is relatively safe, however, like any surgery there are some risks. These include minor bleeding, bruising, earlobe numbness and scarring. Address your concerns with your surgeon.

Will I look different after facelift surgery?

No, you will look more rested and rejuvenated. It may also look like you have lost some weight.

How long does a facelift last?

Facelift longevity varies from patient to patient depending on age and other medical conditions. Results may last from 5 – 20 years.

Does insurance cover facelift surgery?

No, most insurance companies do not cover a facelift surgery. We do offer flexible payment options. Discuss with your surgeon the finance options we offer.

  • What to do before facelift surgery
    It is important to follow these steps in order for you to have long-lasting results:
    • Build healthy habits. This includes developing healthy eating habits, sleep patterns and exercise routines.
    • Quit smoking. Try to cut back on your smoking habits prior to surgery.
    • Reduce your amount of alcohol intake before your facelift surgery.
    • Stay active. Increase your daily activity by taking 10 minute walks daily.
    • Stop all of the following medicines one week before your surgery: aspirin, anti-inflammatories (Motrin, Advil), Plavix, Warfarin/Coumadin.
    • Shower and shampoo the morning of your surgery.
    • Do not apply body lotions, perfumes, deodorants or nail polish.
    • Remove all jewelry, piercings, glasses and contact lenses.
    • Wear your hair up, if possible.
  • What to do after facelift surgery
    When recovering from your surgery, it is important to be aware of the following:
    • You have received an anesthetic and may be mildly groggy and dizzy.
    • Use prescribed pain medications and/or antibiotics as directed on the label. Do not use any aspirin or aspirin-containing medications.
    • Elevate your head and upper body, such as when sitting in a recliner chair.
    • If directed by your doctor, you may remove the bandages 1 – 2 days after surgery.
    • After the bandages are removed, shower and gently wash your hair daily until you are seen in the office for suture removal.
      • If prescribed, apply ointment to the incision lines after each hair wash.
      • Due to numbness it is easy to burn yourself; be careful when using hair dryers, curling irons and electric rollers.
    • Avoid pulling clothing over the head.
    • Avoid pulling on the earlobes.
      • Do not wear earrings until after all the sutures are removed.
    • You may use makeup any time after surgery to cover discoloration, but do not apply it to the incision lines until after the sutures are removed.
    • Do not smoke for at least seven days after surgery.
    • You may feel tightness in the neck following surgery. It is important to continue moving your neck normally.
    • Avoid heavy exercise for the first 10 days after surgery.
    Call your doctor immediately or go to the emergency room if you develop any unusual symptoms, such as:
    • Shaking chills and/or fever over 101 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Excessive bleeding (more than a slight staining of the bandage)
    • Excessive pain or swelling
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