You’ve heard the comments about poor facelifts, but those are the only facelifts you actually notice. Thousands of women – and men – have seamless facelift procedures every day. They pass by your line of vision in person or in the media, and you never know about the cosmetic surgeon behind the scenes. All you know is that these people look fresh, energetic, and young for their respective ages. And all they had to do was make a smart decision when choosing their surgeon. In the experienced hands of our doctors, your facelift will look perfectly natural. It will be subtly dramatic … dramatically subtle.
What can a facelift do for me?
Think back to 10 years ago … now 15 years ago. Remember how you looked in the mirror? That is likely how you will look after a facelift at H/K/B. Now, before you decide on surgery, you can “try on a face lift for size” with Vectra 3D imaging. After your surgery, you can expect to look younger with naturally tighter skin on your face and neck. The procedure improves lines, wrinkles, folds, and sagging skin and muscle. Facelifts are often performed in conjunction with a forehead/brow lift or eyelid surgery to further soften lines and wrinkles in the upper portion of the face, such as overhanging upper eyelids or bags under the eyes.
What can I expect during a facelift?
Facelift procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis or with an overnight stay at our fully accredited surgical facility on our beautiful campus, where our highly qualified nurses will pamper you. Our nurses are certified in advanced cardiac life support, which ensures the highest level of supervision, evaluation, and care should there ever be an emergency. We also work with board-certified anesthesiologists who administer the anesthesia and remain in the operating room to monitor you during your surgery.
During the surgery, the facial muscles are tightened, after which the skin is re-draped over the tighter muscle tissue. Your facelift will be highly customized based on how you wish to look. We will recommend the best techniques for your desired outcome and make as few incisions as possible in hidden locations.
Besides a full face lift, we offer our extremely popular MACS Lift procedure, which only takes 90 minutes and has a typical recovery of one week or less. There is no incision behind the ear, which is a fantastic improvement over traditional facelifts, as it leaves no visible scar. To improve the appearance of the neck along with the facelift, a procedure called Platysmaplasty is often performed. This procedure tightens and removes the “turkey-gobbler” bands on the neck. This “neck lifting” procedure is frequently combined with a full face lift, but can also be performed along with a MACS Lift.
If you are receiving a “revision face lift” to correct a previous facelift, the procedure is sometimes more complex because there may be abnormal scarring from the first operation. We will answer all of your questions and tell you exactly what you can expect before, during, and after your facelift so that there are no surprises. Whether you are getting a full face lift, a MACS lift, or a revision face lift, you will be able to show up for your surgery feeling prepared and confident.
How long does it take to recover from a facelift?
Depending on the type of facelift procedure you choose, the recovery time will vary from 1-2 weeks. There will be some bruising and swelling after a facelift, but these symptoms will fade as your face and neck heal. Pain and discomfort can be easily controlled with medication during your recovery period. Your head will likely be bandaged after the procedure, and you will need to keep your head elevated for the first few days. You should also avoid strenuous activities for about two weeks. Of course, we will monitor your progress and answer any questions you have during your recovery period.
How long does a facelift last?
The longevity of a facelift is typically 7-9 years.