Facelift - Rhytidectomy

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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
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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 make you look younger?

Yes a facelift will make you look substantially younger, on average about 10 years younger. Please know that we pride ourselves on natural, long-lasting results. We could do a facelift that might make you look 15 years younger, but that risks looking “overdone” and so there is an artist balance that is crucial. Interestingly, twin studies have shown that the twin that had a facelift looked younger throughout the rest of her life compared to her twin.

How can I tighten loose skin on my face?

For mild loose skin, there are skin care products and non-surgical treatments like Scarlet ®, Clear and Brilliant ® and lasers that we offer through our MD Skin Centers. However, for more significant skin laxity associated with normal aging or substantial weight loss, a facelift is often your best option.

How do I get rid of my double chins?

The two main reasons for double chin are extra fat and extra skin. If there is a subtle double chin, non-surgical treatments that we offer through MD Skin like CoolScuplting ® and Kybella ® may be an option. In younger patients, liposuction may be an excellent treatment as the skin has enough elasticity to tighten up. As you get less young however, a neck lift is often the best choice to both remove excess fat and tighten the skin.

How do I prepare for a facelift?

DO - Engage in your skin’s health with medical grade skin care. Having the skin as healthy as possible before surgery will only enhance your healing and the final resultnDON’T – use any tobacco or nicotine products or take aspirin / drugs / supplements that increase the risk of bleeding

How long after a facelift can I exercise?

On the day of procedure, you will be up and walking. Within a few days, you will be pleasantly surprised how little downtime there really is. That said, you should not engage in any vigorous physical activity for at least 4 weeks after surgery: try to minimize lifting anything over 5 pounds and bending over at the waist as this increases pressure in the face and neck. Walking is okay in the first week. You could chip and putt (if you are a golfer) by the third week. And by week four you are almost back to normal.

How long do ears hurt after facelift?

It is uncommon for the ears to hurt after a facelift. Parts of the face, neck, ears and scalp may feel numb. This is to be expected after surgery and is usually temporary. It normally resolves in weeks and on rare occasions it may take months to subside.

How long does facelift last?

You will look better for the rest of your life: actual twin studies have shown this to be the case. However, gravity and normal aging don’t stop after a facelift. On average, patients develop enough laxity that they start to think about further surgery in 7-10 years. Investing in maintenance treatments (medical grade skin care, regular facials, Botox ® and the occasional non-surgical tightening all offered through our MD Skin Centers) can greatly extend your result.

How long does fat transfer face last?

Fat transfer is permanent. When it is first injected into the face, there is some swelling with the procedure, so what you see in the first days after surgery is not all fat. And not all of the fat transferred will survive. On average, about 70% lives. We don’t over correct as occasionally all of the fat survives and then you would be “overdone.” You can expect to see the final result by 2-3 months and then the fat remains forever thereafter.

How do I reduce swelling in my face?

Sleeping in a recliner or angled bed at ~45-60 degrees is the best way to minimize swelling after facial procedures. Then ice compresses, used carefully, in the first 2 days may also feel comfortable and play a role in reducing the amount of swelling. And finally, arnica taken before and after surgery (and used topically), can minimize bruising which also lessens swelling.

How do I tighten my jawline?

It is important to individualize any facial treatment and the jawline is no exception. For some, botoxing the masseter (the chewing muscle) will reduce bulk and smooth the jawline. For others, adding fat or fillers may be enough to strengthen the jawline and improve the appearance. And then for those with a little more looseness, a facelift may be the ideal treatment.

How do you reduce swelling after a facelift?

Sleeping in a recliner or angled bed at ~45-60 degrees is the best way to minimize swelling after facial procedures. Then ice compresses, used carefully, in the first 2 days may also feel comfortable and play a role in reducing the amount of swelling. And finally, arnica taken before and after surgery (and used topically), can minimize bruising which also lessens swelling.

How do you take care of your face after a facelift?

For the most part, taking care of your face is very straight forward. For the first few days, you will be in a bandage or garment and there is nothing to do. When those come off, you can wash your face with a gentle cleanser. Then, after the stitches are removed, you can quickly return to your normal skin care routine. Consider adding an antioxidant like daily power defense ® to get your skin back to its best quicker and it also helps to minimize the visibility of scars.

How long does it take for bruising on the face to go away?

We encourage our patients to take arnica before and after surgery. That, combined with meticulous surgical technique and topical arnica gel afterwards leads to very little bruising. You can expect it to be almost completely gone by the end of your two weeks or social down-time.

How long is recovery from a facelift?

Recovery from a facelift is surprisingly quick. The same day you will be up and walking with only slight discomfort. You can normally be back to work in two weeks and you can be back to activities without people noticing much by 3-4 weeks. We ask you have to refrain from vigorous physical activity for about 4 weeks after surgery.

How many times can you get a facelift?

On average, patients develop enough laxity that they start to think about further surgery in 7-10 years if they have not engaged in non-surgical maintenance after surgery. Non-surgical options can extend that by years. So, depending on when you had your first facelift, you may have 2 or even three facelifts in a lifetime. There really is no limit.

How much is a face lift and neck lift?

Just as each patient is unique, each surgery performed is unique and customized to you. Rejuvenation of the face and neck can address: texture - improving fine lines or pigmentation issues of the skin, volume – restoring volume (most commonly with your own fat) and laxity – tightening the loose skin. Prices vary depending on what and how much we are addressing. Please call us or click here to contact us regarding a private consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons. We pride ourselves on a patient-centric approach to serving you and look forward to meeting you soon.

How much is a facelift?

Just as each patient is unique, each surgery performed is unique and customized to you. Rejuvenation of the face can address: texture - improving fine lines or pigmentation issues of the skin, volume – restoring volume (most commonly with your own fat) and laxity – tightening the loose skin. Prices vary depending on what and how much we are addressing. Please call us or click here to contact us regarding a private consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons. We pride ourselves on a patient-centric approach to serving you and look forward to meeting you soon.

How much does laser face lift cost?

Laser facelift is a technique where only the laser is used to improve the skin texture and appearance. There is no one laser that does everything and the cost varies with the laser used and the number of sessions. Depending on you unique needs, our surgeons may recommend either an ablative laser (requires you to be asleep and removes the outer layers of the skin) or a non-ablative laser (does not remove any skin and you are awake for the treatment). Please call us to schedule a private consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons. We look forward to meeting you soon.

How much does a mid face lift cost?

Just as each patient is unique, each surgery performed is unique and tailored to you. Rejuvenation of the mid face addresses the lower eyelid and cheek area. A private consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons will determine both if this is the right surgery for you and how much it will cost for you. We pride ourselves on a patient-centric approach to serving you and look forward to meeting you soon.

What is the average cost of a full facelift?

Just as each patient is unique, each surgery performed is unique and customized to you. Rejuvenation of the face can address: texture - improving fine lines or pigmentation issues of the skin, volume – restoring volume (most commonly with your own fat) and laxity – tightening the loose skin. Prices vary depending on what and how much we are addressing . Please call us or click here to contact us regarding a private consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons. We pride ourselves on a patient-centric approach to serving you and look forward to meeting you soon.

Is a facelift permanent?

Yes a facelift is permanent in the sense that you will look better for the rest of your life. Twin studies have shown this to be the case. However, gravity and normal aging don’t stop after a facelift. On average, patients develop enough laxity that they start to think about further surgery in 7-10 years. Investing in maintenance treatments (medical grade skin care, regular facials, Botox ® and the occasional non-surgical tightening all offered through our MD Skin Centers) can greatly extend your result.

How painful is a facelift?

The answer may surprise you: a facelift is not very painful at all! With our enhanced recovery protocols and surgical techniques, you will be pleasantly surprised how little discomfort there is after a facelift. Most people need nothing stronger than Tylenol or ibuprofen. You will be up and walking the same day. Light walking and activities can be resumed fairly quickly and you are likely to have no discomfort after just a few days.

What can I expect from a facelift?

Most importantly, you can expect to look natural! Rejuvenation of the face and neck can address several issues: texture - improving fine lines or pigmentation issues of the skin; volume – restoring volume (most commonly with your own fat); and laxity – tightening the loose skin. Our surgeons work with you to create a truly customized facial rejuvenation plan. Depending on your individual needs, your facelift will address each of these issues to varying degrees.

What is a facelift called?

The medical term for a facelift is rhytidectomy. A “rhytid” is the medical term for a wrinkle and “ectomy” means to remove. So rhytidectomy is literally removing wrinkles.

What is a mid face lift?

A mid-facelift, also known as a cheek lift, is a powerful procedure that focuses on the lower eyelid and cheeks. It can be done endoscopically (using very small incisions and a small camera) or open (often done at the same time as a facelift and through the same incisions). A mid facelift repositions the descended cheek back to its original position and smooths the transition from the cheek to the lower eyelid.

What is a neck lift called?

One of the medical terms for a necklift is rhytidectomy. A “rhytid” is the medical term for a wrinkle and “ectomy” means to remove. So rhytidectomy is literally removing wrinkles. Another term for a neck lift is “platysmaplasty.” The platysma is the most superficial muscle of the neck and contributes to vertical bands. “plasty” means to repair. So a platysmaplasty repairs and tightens the muscle resulting in a more defined neckline.

What is a non surgical facelift?

A non-surgical facelift is a combination of minimally invasive procedures that require no incisions and no general anesthesia. You are in and out of the office quickly, with little downtime and minimal post treatment discomfort. The components are individualized to your needs and are designed to rejuvenate and refresh your appearance without “going under the knife.” Book a consultation with one of the providers at MD Skin Lounge today to take years off of you appearance without anyone ever knowing you had something done.

What is the difference between a deep plane and SMAS facelift?

The dee plane facelift is an older technique where the skin and fascia of the face were raised together as a single layer. There was a greater risk of injury to the facial nerve (the nerve of facial expression: blink, smile, raise your eyebrows) and no proven cosmetic benefit. The SMAS facelift is the latest technique and raises the layers separately. This allows us to address the layers independently creating customization in restoring individual and natural facial shape.

What is a thread lift?

A thread lift is a minimally invasive alternative to a facelift and works best for people that have just started noticing signs of aging (usually late 30’s to mid 40’s). It uses a dissolvable, barbed suture to sculpt and shape the area you want lifted. The invisible, painless barbs of the suture allow us to pull your skin tighter. As the suture dissolves, your body replaces it with collagen that can fill gaps in sagging skin and restore a more youthful appearance.

When should you get a facelift?

The answer is it depends. A facelift in your mid-forties or early fifties typically achieves ideal results without anyone ever noticing. As you get older, exceptional results can still be achieved but the results are usually more evident. Ideally, we recommend a first facelift in the mid-40’s to early 50’s with a “refresher” in your mid to late 60’s. However, even people in their late 70’s and early 80’s are candidates for facelifts as long as they are generally healthy.

What is best age for facelift?

Quite simply, there is not “best” age for a facelift. People of the same age may look much older or younger than one another and the decision to have a facelift is a very personal one. A facelift in your mid-forties or early fifties typically achieves ideal results without anyone ever noticing. As you get older, exceptional results can still be achieved but the results are usually more evident. Ideally, we recommend a first facelift in the mid-40’s to early 50’s with a “refresher” in your mid to late 60’s. However, even people in their late 70’s and early 80’s are candidates for facelifts as long as they are generally healthy.

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