Natural Makeup

Melissa Hu, MD

BOARD CERTIFIED FACIAL PLASTIC SURGEON

 
It's natural to take steps to look your best

Facelift

The natural process of aging involves the loss of fat under the skin and a decrease in water content of the skin.  This causes the skin on the face to loosen, sag, and wrinkle.  Aging may be accelerated by factors such as sun exposure, smoking, and illness.   

The neck is typically also treated with a face lift.  The skin and underlying muscles of the neck may loosen and sag with age.  This also happens to people who have lost a large amount of weight. Other people may simply have an excessive fat pad under the chin.  This is often genetic, and despite significant weight loss, may persist and give the face a weightier appearance.

If you would like a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance of your face and neck, you may be a candidate for rhytidectomy (facelift). 

What Can a

Face Lift Address?

  • Loose skin of the face & neck

  • Drooping of the lower face

  • Jowls

  • Excessive fat in the neck & chin

  • Banding of the neck

Facelift Types
What does a Facelift Entail?

Various forms of facelift exist. In general, a face lift suspends tissues of the face in a vertical direction. Excess skin is removed. Neck muscles may be tightened and extra skin of the neck excised. Liposuction and excisional techniques may also be used to create a leaner appearing neck.

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What does a Facelift Entail?
Facelift Recovery
Facelift Recovery

It typically takes about two weeks to recover from a face lift.  Usually by this time, swelling and bruising have largely resolved and you are presentable again to the public.

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Facelift Recovery
Facelift Incisions
Hidden Incisions

Incisions are strategically placed to be hidden within the hairline, along natural creases around the ear, and behind the hairline of the neck.

Hidden Incisions
Details
Details

Various forms of facelift exist. In general, a face lift suspends tissues of the face in a vertical direction. Excess skin is removed. Neck muscles may be tightened and extra skin of the neck excised. Liposuction and excisional techniques may also be used to create a leaner appearing neck. The descent of cheeks are treated separately with a midface. This may be combined and performed at the same time for a more global rejuvenation of the face.

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Incisions
Incisions

Inicisions are strategically placed to be hidden within the hairline, along natural creases around the ear, and behind the hairline of the neck.

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Recovery
Recovery

It typically takes about two weeks to recover from a face lift. Usually by this time, swelling and bruising have resolved and you are presentable again to the public.

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Preparing
Preparing

Stop aspirin and other NSAIDs at least 10 days before surgery. Arnica which is an herbal supplement which has shown to help swelling and bruising may be started a couple days before your scheduled procedure. Smoking should be completely discontinued 6 weeks before surgery.

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Recovery
Recovery

Follow all postoperative instructions. Focus on healing, keeping your head elevated for the first week. Apply ice to the affected areas for 15 minutes every hour you are awake for the first 3-4 days. Continue taking arnica as directed until bruising resolves. Ensure good nutrition to provide your body vitamins needed to heal. Smoking cessation should continue for 6 weeks after surgery.

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Cost
Cost

Depending on the extent of surgery, what regions of the face will be addressed, whether liposuction is performed and whether the midface is addressed, cost typically ranges from $5000 - $7500.

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Preparing for Facelift
Preparing

To decrease bruising, it is advised to stop aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and naproxen at least 10 days before surgery.  Arnica may be started a few days prior to surgery. Smoking should be stopped at least 6 weeks before.

Preparing
Facelift After Care
After Care

Follow all postoperative instructions. Keep your head elevated for the first week. Apply ice for the first 3 to 4 days. Continue arnica until bruising resolves. Ensure good nutrition. Smoking cessation should continue for 6 weeks after surgery.

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After Care
Cost of Facelift
Cost of a Facelift

Depending on the extent of surgery - what regions of the face will be addressed, whether liposuction is performed and whether the midface is addressed, cost typically ranges from $5000 - $7500.

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Cost of a Facelift

Before & After

 

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SMAS Facelift
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