The soft tissues and skin of the face and neck lose elasticity and slowly descend as we age. This is most noticeable around the jawline and upper neck where jowls and loose skin and excess fat of the upper neck can develop. Many factors including sun exposure, weight changes, smoking and genetics help determine how fast an individual ages. Most facelift candidates are between their 40’s and 70’s.
A facelift is a surgical procedure designed to lift and tighten the soft tissues of the lower face and neck. The incisions are hidden within the hair bearing skin of the temple and back of the head and blend in with the natural lines around and behind the ear. Dr. Bader employs modern facelifting techniques aimed at re-suspending the tough connective tissue of the face and neck to a more youthful position. This ensures a natural and durable result. The results of a facelift in a good candidate should last between 8 and 12 years with some patients requiring a minor touch-up procedure in the neck after a few years. Every patient is different in terms of tissue elasticity and skin thickness and an individualized operative plan is necessary to achieve optimal results.
A facelift is usually performed under general anesthesia provided by a board certified anesthesia doctor in an accredited surgery center to ensure maximal patient safety and comfort. You will be able to go home after your facelift but overnight stays while being cared for by a registered nurse can also be arranged.
Most patients have little to no pain after a facelift. There will be a dressing snugly wrapped around your face and neck that will stay on until you return to our office the day after surgery to have Dr. Bader check on your healing and remove two small surgical drains. Bruising and swelling are expected and will peak by the third day and can be camouflaged with makeup. The sutures will be removed within one week of surgery. You can expect a return to full physical and social activities within 2 weeks.
In recent years, the minilift has become popular and many patients have questions about this procedure. The minilift goes by many names such as the weekend lift, lunch lift, local lift, short scar facelift and Lifestyle Lift®. The specific techniques might differ slightly but the basic idea is the same. The procedure involves a shorter incision and less aggressive dissection and lifting compared to a traditional facelift. Ideal candidates for this procedure have less severe aging of the lower face and neck that can be properly corrected with this minimally invasive surgery. The minilift can often be performed in the office under local anesthesia. Less swelling and bruising and a quicker return to normal activity can expected.
There are some risks involved with facelift and minilift surgery. Choosing an experienced board certified facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Bader to perform your facelift or minilift will help minimize your surgical risks. During your consultation, Dr. Bader will thoroughly assess your candidacy for facelift or minilift surgery and answer your questions to your satisfaction. He will discuss the risks associated with facelift or minilift surgery and explain the steps he takes to minimize risks. Finally, he will help guide your decision as to the type of lift, anesthesia and place of surgery that is best for you.