As we age, our faces naturally begin to show signs of aging. This can include sagging skin, wrinkles, and
jowls. If you’re looking for a way to improve your appearance and feel more confident, a facelift may be
the right option for you.
A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from
the face and neck. It can also tighten the muscles in the face, which can help to improve the
appearance of wrinkles and jowls.
Historically, facelifts were performed by pulling the skin on the face backwards, resulting in a “windblown”
At Visthetic Surgery Institute & MedSpa™, our surgeons are specialized in this procedure, such that the
face is tightened across various angles resulting in a natural looking lift. The results produce a natural youthful,
rested, and rejuvenated appearance.
Each facelift will be tailored to your face as our surgeons assess your face shape to ensure your face remains
proportionate and balanced.
Good candidates for a facelift are typically in good
overall health and have realistic expectations for the
outcome of the procedure. They may be bothered by
visible signs of aging on their face and desire a more
youthful, refreshed appearance. It’s also important for
candidates to have skin that is elastic enough to adjust to
the lifting and tightening that occurs during the procedure.
Candidates for a facelift may be in their 40s, 50s, or
60s, although there is no strict age limit. It’s important
to note that a facelift is not a one-size-fits-all procedure
and each candidate will be evaluated individually by a
qualified plastic surgeon to determine if they are a good
At Visthetic Surgery Institute & MedSpa™, our
experienced surgeons will work with you to determine
the best treatment plan for you to reach your aesthetic goals.
After a facelift, patients can expect a more youthful and refreshed appearance. The procedure can help to tighten and lift sagging skin, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, and restore volume to the cheeks and other areas of the face that may have lost volume over time.
The results of a facelift can vary depending on the individual and the specific techniques used during the procedure. However, in general, patients can expect to see a significant improvement in the overall appearance of their face, with results that can last for years to come!
In addition to the physical improvements, many patients report feeling more confident and self-assured after a facelift. They feel more comfortable with their appearance and are more willing to engage in social activities and other forms of self-expression.
A facelift can now be performed with fewer and smaller incisions and a lower impact on the patient’s body, which results in a faster healing period. Often, tissue glue is used instead of, or in addition to, sutures to provide enhanced reinforcement during the healing period to ensure that the wound does not re-open or cause any complications.
The tissue glue also allows the patient to be bandage free and return to an active life sooner. Most people just take a week off work, rather than the two or three weeks that used to be the norm due to the more intense impact of the traditional facelift. Any post-surgical marks are nearly unnoticeable, thanks to improved closure techniques.
Our plastic surgeons use the SMAS (Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System) technique for their facelifts.
Patients will be advised on best practices to prepare for surgery and since this will be customized, each patient will receive specific instructions on pre-operative preparations.
During the procedure, our plastic surgeons will lift the SMAS layer, and begin to trim excessive drooping skin or perform facial liposculpting techniques to get rid of excess fat.
The patient’s face is wrapped in bandages, which will be removed within 48 hours post-surgery.
The healing and recovery phase after a facelift can vary from patient to patient depending on several factors, such as the extent of the procedure, the patient’s age and overall health, and their individual healing process. Here’s what to expect:
Immediately after the procedure, patients can expect some discomfort, swelling, and bruising. The surgeon will usually prescribe pain medication to help manage any discomfort. Patients may also be advised to keep their head elevated and avoid bending or lifting for a few days to help reduce swelling.
In the first week or so after the procedure, patients will need to take it easy and avoid strenuous activities. They may need to wear a compression garment to help reduce swelling and support the healing process.
After about two weeks, patients may be able to return to work and resume their normal daily activities, although they should still avoid strenuous exercise or activities that may put strain on the face or neck.
Patients will need to attend follow-up appointments with their surgeon to ensure that they are healing properly and to remove any sutures or drains that may have been used during the procedure.
In the weeks and months following the procedure, patients can expect to see continued improvements in the appearance of their face as the swelling subsides and the skin continues to heal and settle into its new position.