Facelift (Rhytidectomy)

Face Lift

Rhytidectomy

The facelift is a well-known facial plastic surgery procedure that is performed to reduce signs of aging in the mid to lower face. Common problems that are treated by a facelift include sagging skin or jowls, and deep facial folds or wrinkles. Dr. Kolder and Dr. Improta can perform a facelift for men and women who are wanting the naturally youthful look they had several years ago.

Your Facelift Consultation

Dr. Kolder and Dr. Improta will take a close look at the condition of your face to determine the best treatment plan for your facelift surgery. You will be able to ask any questions you may have about facelifts during your consultation. Details such as surgery steps, facelift benefits, and recovery will be explained, so you are able to make a well-informed decision about this surgery. There will also be facelift “before and after” photos available.
If you are considering a facelift, you may benefit from combining your surgery with other facial procedures, such as a brow lift or eyelid surgery. Dr. Kolder and Dr. Improta can perform these procedures in a single surgery to provide you with a full rejuvenation of your face.

The Facelift Procedure

Your facelift will be performed using general anesthesia at our outpatient Ambulatory Surgery Center. An incision will be made within your natural hairline, beginning near each temple, continuing just in front of your ears, and then finishing back by the nape of your neck. From here, Dr. Kolder and Dr. Improta are able to tighten underlying muscles, remove or reshape the facial tissue to achieve a more youthful and lifted facial structure, and reduce excess skin to get rid of any drooping or sagging. Liposuction may also be performed to eliminate any stubborn facial fat around your chin or neck. When addressing bands in the neck region, an incision is performed in the crease under the chin. Finally, suture repair is performed. A temporary wrap will often be applied after your surgery to help reduce swelling and any accumulations of fluids under the skin.

Recovering from a Facelift

Bruising, swelling, and some discomfort is normal following facelift surgery. Your face will likely feel sore and tight for a few days, but pain medications can be used at this time. After about ten days, you should be able to cover up most surgery signs with makeup until your face fully heals. You will need to take a couple of weeks off work and should avoid strenuous exercise for about three weeks.

Results

You will notice an immediate change in your appearance once your facelift is complete, but it will take some time for your face to fully heal. As bruising and swelling goes away and your incision lines fade, your face will appear much more youthful and well toned than before your surgery. Patients are often able to take up to ten years off their appearance while still maintaining a very natural look.

Next Steps

For more information about eyelid surgery, please contact us online or call our Camarillo practice at 805-491-9535 to schedule your consultation with one of our Southern California board certified plastic surgeons. All cosmetic consultations are complimentary at Pacifica Center for Plastic Surgery in Camarillo.

Facelift FAQs

Facelift costs depend on a variety of different factors. This can include your surgeon’s experience, where you live and if you are having any additional procedures. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons estimates the average cost of a facelift is $7,467. However, this does not include additional fees such as anesthesia, operating room facilities or other expenses, such as medical tests or prescription medications.

When choosing a plastic surgeon for your facelift, ask about their previous experience and certifications.

  • Do they perform facelifts regularly?
  • Do they have facelift before and after photos from some of their patients for you to look at?

This can help you get a better idea of what to expect with your facelift procedure. In addition to experience, find a surgeon that you feel comfortable with. Someone that will answer your questions and address any concerns you may have.

While a facelift is a relatively safe procedure, all surgeries pose potential risks. Some of the possible risks associated with a facelift procedure include:

Before your facelift procedure, your plastic surgeon will go over your full medical history and discuss the procedure process to make sure you understand the possible complications involved with this surgery.

Ideal candidates for a facelift will be in good general health. Candidates will have excess skin or sagging in the face and neck, but still have skin elasticity and good bone structure. In these cases, a facelift is often the most beneficial cosmetic procedure to restore your youthful appearance.

Incisions for your facelift typically begin near the temple and follow the natural hairline or creases in your face. While the incisions may be visible after your procedure, the scars should soften and mature during the months following your procedure. Because they are along the hairline, they are generally not noticeable and can often be covered by your hair.

As your procedure day approaches, there are some things that you can do to prepare for your procedure and recovery. These things include:
  • Stop smoking — Smoking hinders the body’s ability to heal and quitting can make your recovery easier.
  • Avoid medications such as aspirin, anti-inflammatories and herbal supplements as these can make you more prone to bleeding
  • – Prepare for your recovery ahead of time
  • – Ask family members for help
  • – Create a recovery station at your home where everything will be within your reach
  • – Plan or cook meals in advance for easy preparation
  • – Pick up all post-operative medications before your surgery date