What is a facelift? What is the procedure like?
A facelift is a surgical procedure that decreases sagging and other signs of aging in the lower half of the face, primarily due to gravity. First and foremost, a facelift begins with a thorough examination and consultation with the patient. At that time, the doctor will ask about your goals and review your options. Next, the procedure will take place. Most facelifts involve a small number of incisions followed by the elevation and repositioning of the skin and muscles of the face. Excess skin is sometimes removed. The result is fewer wrinkles, less noticeable nasolabial folds, and an improved jaw line. Some patients elect to combine a facelift with an eyelid surgery or brow lift to achieve an improved overall look.
Does a facelift leave scars?
Yes, any facelift that involves an incision has the potential to leave a scar. However, facelift incisions are left in places will they cannot be seen or where they are not noticeable, such as in your hairline, near your ear, or in a skin crease. Your surgeon will discuss both incision locations and scarring with you before the procedure.
Does a facelift hurt? What is the recovery time for a facelift?
Post-surgical discomfort should be expected for all patients. However, most of our patients report little discomfort and are often numb for some time. You may feel swelling, soreness, and tightness after the surgery and during your recovery, but overall pain levels are usually low. Speak with your medical team about how you are feeling after the surgery to get the pain relief that is right for you. Most patients return to normal day-to-day activity in about a week. By two weeks, you may return to work and resume aerobic exercise. Strenuous exercise should be avoided for six weeks. We recommend that facelift patients take two weeks off from work after the procedure.
Are there risks or complications associated with facelifts?
Although all surgeries come with the chance of risks and complications, facelift surgery is considered relatively safe. The most common complications related to facelifts include bleeding, bruising, and infection. Some more rare complications include poor reaction to anesthesia, facial nerve injury, tingling or numbness, and skin or hair loss. Be sure to share any concerns you have with your doctor.
How much does a facelift cost? Will my insurance cover the cost of a facelift?
The cost of a facelift depends on a number of factors, including where you receive care, the experience of the surgeon you receive care from, and the complexity and scope of your procedure. At the Surgical Arts Centre, we will explain our costs and our Financial Coordinator can assist you with possible financing options. The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS) recommends that patients visit several doctors before choosing the one that is right for them. Since the majority of facelifts are elective cosmetic procedures, insurance companies do not traditionally cover the cost. Read your insurance policy to learn more about your coverage or ask our skilled staff for assistance.
Will people be able to tell I had a facelift?
We strive to significantly improve the appearance of your face without making the results drastic or unnatural looking. While family and friends may notice a positive change, they may not be able to tell that you had cosmetic facial surgery.
Will I need multiple facelifts? How long does a facelift last?
Many of our patients are happy with the results of their facelift for many, many years. However, we cannot stop our skin from continuing to age. For this reason, some patients elect to have more cosmetic procedures in the future, perhaps including a second facelift. The choice is entirely up to you and your doctor.
What results can I expect from a facelift?
The surgery is designed to improve sagging, wrinkles, the nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and the jawline on the lower half of the face. Your individual results will depend on your procedure, your age, and the elasticity of your skin. Most facelifts provide results that are permanent. The face does, however continue to age, and some patients may desire additional tightening in eight to ten years.