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What Is A Face Lift?

A facelift is a very generic term used to describe a highly variable procedure in plastic surgery.


There are multiple methods used to reverse the effects of aging on the face. These techniques depend on the areas of facial aging, skin condition, and the extent of descent (sag) in the facial soft tissues and fat. Premature facial aging is commonly caused by excess sun exposure, smoking, and genetics.


Facelifts are ideal for improving the contour of the jawline and cheeks and correcting sagging skin in the neck. The degree of facial aging including skin quality, the patient’s areas of concern, and the extent of cheek descent all factor into the choice of a facelift procedure. Facelifts are often carried out on in conjunction with lower eyelid blepharoplasty and brow lifts to rejuvenate the area around the eyes and lift the cheeks and brow. Non-invasive facial procedures such as chemical or laser peels, fat grafting, and volumetric fillers can help harmonize the result.

Who Are Good Candidates For A Face Lift Procedure?

  • Facial sagging along the jawline

  • Sagging excess neck skin and neck fat deposits

  • Midface (cheek) sagging with deep creases and bags under the eyes

  • Deep creases between the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds)

  • Skin creases and wrinkling

  • Non- Smokers 

  • Overall Healthy Individuals 

Recovery After A Face Lift Surgery:

After a facelift, patients will usually need about a week to two weeks off from work and other regular activities. There will likely be mild bruising and swelling for the first few days, which can be relieved with cold compresses to the face as well as an elevation of the head.  Any operation around the eye can lead to swelling and irritation. The swelling and irritation are alleviated with gel ice masks and hydrating eye drops for the first week after the operation.

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