A facelift smoothes loose skin on your face and neck, tightens underlying tissue and removes excess fat. There are many variations to the facelift procedure and the placement of incisions. The goal of every facelift technique is to keep the incisions hidden as much as possible; following surgery, scars will be concealed by your hair or with makeup.

How is a facelift performed?

Drs. Thomas and Jeffries will free your facial skin from its underlying tissues and trim off the excess. In some instances, the deeper tissue may also need to be repositioned to restore a more youthful contour to your face. If necessary, a small incision beneath your chin permits the removal of fat and smoothing of the cord-like structures in your neck.

The procedure is performed at the hospital or surgical center and may require an overnight stay. Most patients report manageable or minimal pain. After facelift surgery, you will experience temporary skin discoloration and some tightness or numbness in your face and neck. Patients who have this procedure can wear cosmetics a few days following surgery and can typically return to their normal activity levels within ten days or less.

This information is for educational purposes only and not intended to render medical advice.

For more information please visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website.