Facelift & Mini-Lift
What is a Facelift?
A facelift is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures. Utilizing minimally-invasive techniques, Northwest Facial Aesthetic Center’s physicians go underneath the deeper tissues and muscles of the cheek, face and neck. They will reposition these delicate layers to give a natural result and to restore harmony to the aging face.
When considering a facelift, it is very important to understand the aging process and how it affects the facial structures. Skin, muscles, ligaments and facial bones are affected by gravity over time, and the face slowly starts to sag. This progression that occurs as we age has become increasingly difficult to accept. People are feeling much younger and energized with the advent of healthier lifestyles, cleaner diets and improved medical care. The job market has become incredibly more crowded and people often need to look younger to be competitive.
A facelift can provide a remarkable improvement in your appearance, as it is the gold standard for rejuvenation of the aging face. Reasons that patients seek out this procedure include:
- Sagging jaw line
- Falling cheeks
- Blunted neckline
Procedure and Results
Our physicians’ training and comfort level when performing a facelift allows them to meticulously address the deep muscular structures by using smaller incisions. This creates the desired results with a shorter recovery period.
Your physician will normally see you several times after the surgery. These follow-ups are to alleviate patient anxiety and update the physician on your healing process.
- Bandage Removal 24 Hours
- Suture Removal (gradual) 4-10 Days
- Return to Work 10-14 Days
- Wear Make-Up 2 Weeks
- 75% Healed 6 Weeks
- 100% Healed 6 Months
A successful facelift will not only address the skin, but most importantly, lift and tighten the deep tissues and facial muscles. This is what gives the patient a natural contour and avoids the “operated look.” The procedure usually takes 2-4 hours and can be performed under local anesthesia with the patient fully awake, twilight (I.V. sedation) or general anesthesia. Most patients can return to work in 10-14 days.