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What is a facelift?

A facelift, or Rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to make you look younger. Facelifts address the causes of aging appearances at their roots and offer patients the opportunity to achieve a more youthful and rested appearance. Facelifts can accomplish many desirable outcomes including: decreasing sagging in the midface, mitigating deep creases below the lower eyelids, mitigating deep creases along the nose extending to the corner of the mouth, redistributing fat that has fallen or become displaced, addressing the loss of muscle tone in the lower face that may create jowls, and repositioning the loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw that can lead to the appearance of a double chin. Facelifts can be used to achieve many desirable results that will help you to look better, feel better, and live better.

Is a facelift right for me?

The answer to this question depends on a number of personal factors. The best way to determine if a facelift is right for you is to meet with one of our Plastic Surgeons for a consultation.

What should I expect during my facelift consultation?

At CAPS, the satisfaction of our patients is our priority. That’s why we place a great deal of importance on your consultation. We want you to be well-informed so that you can confidently determine, in partnership with your doctor, if a facelift is the right choice for you. During your consultation, your doctor will explain the full procedure to you and will ask you several questions including:

  • Why do you want a facelift?
  • What are your expectations for the procedure?
  • What is your desired outcome?
  • Do you have any medical conditions or drug allergies?
  • Are you currently undergoing any medical treatments?
  • What is your current use of medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco, and drugs?
  • Have you had any previous surgeries? If so, what were they?

In addition to asking these questions, your Plastic Surgeon will use your consultation to evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors you may have, discuss your facelift options, examine and measure your face, take photographs for your medical record, recommend a course of treatment, discuss likely outcomes of a facelift and any risks or potential complications, and answer your questions.

What should I expect before my facelift?

Before your facelift, you may be asked to get lab testing or a medical evaluation, take certain medications or adjust your current medications, stop smoking, and avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements that may increase bleeding.

We will also give you special instructions about what to do the night before and the morning of your surgery and regarding your post-operative care and follow-up appointments.

What will happen during my facelift?

First, you’ll be administered anesthesia. Your Plastic Surgeon will recommend the anesthesia option that is best for you. Then, you’ll go to sleep while your skilled Plastic Surgeon and well-trained staff perform the facelift. The exact procedure will vary depending on your unique needs and desired outcomes. Your doctor can walk you through every step of the procedure during your consultation. Generally, a facelift takes about three hours.

What should I expect after my facelift?

Your doctor will give you instructions regarding your post-operative care. Following these instructions is absolutely vital for the success of your surgery. These instructions will include ensuring that your surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, abrasion, or motion during your recovery. Your doctor will also instruct you regarding the proper care of the surgical site, the use of medications to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection, and your overall follow-up care. At CAPS, our relationship with you doesn’t end after your surgery is completed. We will always be available to address any concerns you may have and to ensure that you heal well.

What will my results be like?

The results of a facelift are long-lasting and natural. You can expect to see a rejuvenated, younger-looking face in the mirror after you have healed from your surgery. Exact results vary, but your doctor can help you to determine what to expect and, when you place your trust in the skilled Plastic Surgeons at CAPS, you can rest assured that they have the experience and education to make them uniquely suited to perform successful facelifts.

Dr. Vasko was a pleasure to meet and made me feel very comfortable. She spent a lot of time with me explaining my problem and how she could help to fix me up! Her expertise was shown in every aspect! I truly felt that trust from the start!

Patient of Dr. Vasko

Dr. Heck is extremely courteous and professional and puts a patient at ease quickly. There was no doubt I was in very capable hands.

Patient of Dr. Heck

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