Face Lift

Your face is the first thing a person often sees. Facelift surgery can reduce the aged appearance by years. The goal is to look youthful without looking like you had a surgical procedure. Dr. Carpin will discretely place incisions and uses the most modern techniques in facial plastic surgery designed to give you a refreshed, restored look without looking unnatural.


Who is a candidate for a facelift?

Healthy patients who experience sagging facial skin. Younger patients may be a candidate if they have undergone massive weight loss and experience skin laxity and sagging.

Expected Results

Facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is used to restore a youthful appearance by removing excess skin and lifting sagging facial tissues, thereby eliminating jowls and deep creases along the cheeks and mouth. Results show a younger, renewed look. Dr. Carpin’s approach is to restore your appearance to a more youthful look, without looking overdone. Scars are hidden along the hairline and near the ear.


Types of Face Lift Surgery

Facelift surgery will be modified based on the individual patient’s needs. Dr. Carpin will evaluate your skin and facial folds and determine the length of the incision needed and the type of internal lift you will require. Dr. Carpin will lift the skin as well as the strength layer below the skin known as the SMAS layer. The SMAS layer below the skin will be tightened and lifted using internal sutures.

Mini Face Lift

Some younger patients may only need a skin lift or “mini lift”, which also involves a smaller incision.

Mid-Face Lift

Patients who have moderate skin laxity may require a smaller incision and moderate cheek lifting know as a mid-face lift. This incision typically will be limited to in front of the ear, starting at the temple and ending at the earlobe.

Full Face Lift

Older patients or patients with greater skin laxity may require a full facelift, which involves using a longer incision along the hairline and in front of the ear, extending behind the ear. The SMAS layer may be redundant as well and may require partial removal as well as lifting and tightening.


Face Lift Procedure Details

The facelift surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia or heavy sedation. The procedure lasts about 4 to 5 hours. Once you are asleep, Dr. Carpin will place incisions carefully along your hairline and in front of your ear to lift and remove excess skin and tighten the underlying tissues. A small drain will be placed under the skin and will be removed the next day. Sutures will also be placed. You will be then wrapped in gauze and awoken in the recovery room. Cool packs will be placed to decrease swelling and later a garment will be applied to decrease swelling.


Face Lift Recovery

Swelling and bruising are most common after surgery, and a small drain is placed behind the ear during surgery and removed the next morning. Patients stay the evening in the hospital for close observation. Sutures placed during surgery will be removed in about 5 days. Patients typically require 2 weeks of limited activity before they can return to work, often requiring makeup application to cover bruising. Swelling will in most cases completely resolve after approximately 2 months. Postoperative recovery can vary among individuals.


Cost

The fee for facelift surgery varies depending on how much skin and work that needs to go into the surgery. On average the price ranges from $8,000-$13,000.00. Fees typically include surgeon, hospital, and anesthesia fees.


Risks

Bruising, swelling, pain, scar, and numbness are the most common.


FAQ

Can I combine facelift surgery with other procedures?
To enhance the cosmetic outcome, the procedure can be combined with a brow lift, eyelid surgery, neck lift, and fat grafting. Fat grafting can help restore the volume of fat loss as we age. Combining brow and neck lift offers a more complete and youthful restoration of your facial appearance. Dr. Carpin recommends improving the texture of your skin with a skincare regime.
Do I need to stay in the hospital for a facelift?
In most cases, an overnight stay after facelift surgery is recommended for close monitoring and to keep you comfortable.
What else can I do if I am not ready for a facelift?
If surgery is not for you, consider non-invasive anti-aging procedures. Including skin care, laser, or fillers.
What medication will I be given or prescribed after facelift surgery?
Patients typically require a narcotic medication for pain, like hydrocodone for a few days and can later transition to Tylenol. A stool softener is also recommended to prevent constipation.
Will I have dressings/bandages after surgery?
You will need to apply antibiotic ointment to the incisions several times daily for about one week, cover with a light gauze and wear a facelift garment to decrease swelling for about one week.
When will stitches be removed?
Typically, 5 days after surgery.
When can I wash my face and wear make-up?
Gentle cleansing and gently patting the skin dry will begin on the first day after surgery. Makeup application will usually be allowed within 10-14 days but will depend on the patient.
When can I resume normal activity and exercise?
Normal activity can usually begin around one week, as soon as your body feels ready. Strenuous activity can usually be resumed by 4 weeks after surgery.
When can I color my hair or get a haircut?
Patients should plan on getting a haircut and color before your scheduled procedure, and wait about 4 weeks after surgery to allow complete healing.
What can I do to help with scarring?
Scars will continue to mature for up to one year and fade. About one week after surgery, once the incision heals you can massage the scar and apply silicone scar gel. Sunscreen and protection from the sun are important, as the scar can permanently darken from sun exposure.

Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Carpin to discuss if you are a surgical candidate, and to review the risks, benefits, alternatives, and expected outcomes of the procedure.

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