Face Lift FAQ’s

Am I a candidate for a face lift?

If you feel as if your skin is starting to sag around your jowls, your forehead, and elsewhere on your face, if you look tired when you are not, you may be a candidate for a face lift. A face lift can eliminate or improve deep wrinkles and jowls, but cannot remove fine lines and wrinkles. Other options to consider to refresh the look of your face include laser or chemical peel, which can remove fine lines and wrinkles and skin discolorations.

What is a face lift?

A face lift is a cosmetic surgery procedure that reduces the signs of aging by tightening the muscles beneath the skin of the neck, tightening the skin itself, and removing excess fat, all of which can provide an overall improvement to the appearance. You will end up looking younger.

Although a face lift cannot make someone in their 50s look like they were 20, it can make you look several years younger

At what age is a face lift usually performed?

There is no "usual age" for a face lift. It can range anywhere from the 30's to the 80's. However, a face lift can produce better results in those who are more mature or need extensive lifting and tightening or rejuvenation. You should discuss the available options with your surgeon to determine what is best for your individual case.

How is a face lift performed?

The procedure takes about 2 to 6 hours to perform, longer if a neck lift or other procedures are also being performed. The face lift operation is most frequently performed using general or light sleep anesthesia. Patients usually sleep during the procedure and awake with very little memory of the operation itself. Local anesthesia may also be administered to numb the surgical area itself.The incisions will be placed as inconspicuously as possible within or above the hairline. They usually begin behind the hairline at the temples, and continue in a natural line in front of the ear.  Some doctors make the incisions just in the front of the ear and curve around the bottom of the ear. The skin is separated from the fat and muscle below it. The underlying muscle and other tissue are tightened and the skin itself is pulled back, trimmed, and sutured into place. Sometimes, surgical staples are used instead of sutures.