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Benefits of a Facelift

A facelift can turn back the clock on your appearance by as much as ten or 15 years. Over time our skin loses its elasticity and the effects of sun exposure, gravity, and stress on the face show up in the form of wrinkles, sagging deep folds, and fat deposits. Gawley Plastic Surgery offers traditional facelifts and is an expert in the endoscopic facelift.

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Traditional Facelift

The traditional facelift addresses the lower two-thirds of your face and neck, removing excess skin and fat and tightening the muscles. The result is a smoother, firmer, more youthful appearance. A traditional facelift can correct:

  • Loose skin
  • Fat deposits
  • Creases below the lower eyelids
  • Mid-face sagging
  • Creases around the mouth
  • Jowls
  • Double chin

Endoscopic Facelift

The endoscopic facelift is minimally invasive and virtually scar less. This method uses tiny incisions and a miniature camera in lifting the cheeks and upper face. The endoscopic facelift can correct:

  • Sagging brow
  • Frown lines
  • Sagging mid-face
  • Sagging cheeks
  • Cheek folds
  • Lines around the mouth
  • Jowls

Choosing Your Procedure

Both the traditional and endoscopic lifts can be performed alone or in combination with other procedures, such as the brow lift or eyelid surgery.
During your initial consultation, one of our surgeons will evaluate the condition of your skin and your overall health. After listening to your goals and concerns, they will recommend the combination of procedures that will best achieve the results you desire.
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Mini-Lift

In most cases, Gawley Plastic Surgery does not recommend the mini-lift, also known as the lunch-time lift. It is a quick procedure, but the results are not long-lasting. We will sometimes make exceptions for patients who understand the limitations of the mini-lift but want a fresher look for a special occasion, such as a wedding. However, our surgeons warn that patients should beware of surgeons who advertise the lunch-time lift as having comparable results to more extensive facelift techniques.
If you are interested in a facelift in the Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona area, one of our surgeons can help you decide which type of procedure is right for you. Please read our Frequently Asked Facelift Questions and call or email us today to schedule your initial consultation.

Facelift Frequently Asked Questions

Does a facelift require general anesthesia?

Although general anesthesia is a safe form of anesthesia where the patient is brought to a controlled level of unconsciousness, most facelift procedures do not require that you undergo it. Most of the lower facelift and neck lift procedures can be performed under IV sedation, also known as conscious or twilight sedation. The level of sedation with this is lesser than the general anesthesia and you will have a sense of time. With this form of anesthesia, the feeling of tiredness and nausea is also lesser. However, there are instances when general anesthesia would be in your best interests and your surgeon will determine this during your initial consultation. If you have chronic back or neck pain, suffer from any medical issue or are undergoing multiple procedures then it would be best that you get general anesthesia.

What Is The Best Age To Have A Facelift?

Age is an important consideration when determining your candidacy for a facelift and most surgeons do not like to perform the procedure on those under the age of 30. However, it also depends on how you feel about yourself within your age group and your lifestyle factors affecting your facial appearance. Factors like excessive drinking, smoking, exposure to pollution and stress can also accelerate the aging process. On average, the optimal age for getting a facelift has been 45 to 50 with most patients falling within the range of 35 to 65 years. The goal of the surgery is to maintain and preserve your facial appearance and that is why, the sooner your aging signs are addressed, the more enduring your results will be. When you are 60 or older, the facelift can leave very noticeable changes to your face.

How soon can I drive after a facelift?

The vast majority of our facelift patients do not require any prescription pain medication as we strive to truly minimize your discomfort.  If you do end up using the prescription pain medications, for your safety and the safety of others it is advised not to drive for a minimum of 24 hours. Depending on how you respond to medications, it may take even longer before you are safe to drive.

Additionally, swelling and compression wraps worn after surgery may obstruct your peripheral vision and interfere with your ability to drive.  Most patients will feel comfortable driving after one week as the swelling typically starts to subside after 3-5 days. Every patient is unique and your surgeon will give you specific care to optimize what is best for you.

How long before you can fly after a facelift?

Many of our patients fly in from out of state as our surgeons are recognized as some of the premier plastic surgeons in the country.  Ideally, we would like you to stay in town for 10-12 days after surgery so we can ensure a quick, safe recovery.  When you fly after your surgery, it can increase your risks for complications. The stress on your body while recovering from surgery can result in a decreased ability to resist infections and airplane travel does have a somewhat increased risk.

You may be allowed to take a short flight before your healing is complete, but you will be advised to wear leg compression garments. However, if you are at risk for blood clot development, you will be asked to wait longer before you can fly.

Taking longer flights after your surgery can increase your risk of developing a blood clot, such as a Deep Vein thrombosis (DVT) or Pulmonary embolism (PE). In fact, any travel over four hours increases this risk.  Certain precautions (like leg compression garments and getting up and walking on the flight) may help increase venous flow, therefore, decreasing your risk of developing a blood clot.  You should speak with your surgeon to assess your risk level in developing a blood clot up to 90 days following any surgery.

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