Facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is a plastic surgery surgical procedure that may focus on many areas of the face. People in their late 30′s and into their 70′s request facelifts for the following areas:

  • Mini Facelift: Improve fine lines and early wrinkling of the upper cheek, mid face, lower face or neck. The advantages of a mini-facelift for individuals in the early stage of aging are numerous. The mini-facelift delays the need for a late stage facelift that is more invasive. The procedure may be performed under local anesthesia and sedation. The recovery time is usually less than a traditional face lift.
  • Mid Facelift: Improves mid-face sagging, lower eyelid wrinkles, and skin folds from the nose to the corners of the lips.
  • Subperiosteal Facelift: Improves the vertical lines on the face, specifically by repositioning soft tissue on the cheek, jowls or chin. Underlying muscles may be repositioned as well.
  • SMAS Facelift: There are variations of the facelift to remove excess skin, fat, and tighten the facial muscles as well as improve lower face and neck muscle and jowl sagging.

Facelift Procedure

Dr. Hardesty developed a unique treatment plan for women and men interested in a face lift. Other procedures that may be a part of the treatment plan include: neck lift, forehead (brow) lift, eyelid surgery (blepharplasty), injectibles, and/or laser skin care.

The Incisions

Dr. Hardesty takes precautions to position the incisions in the most inconspicuous locations. The location choice depends upon the extent of the procedure.

  • Mini Facelift: Small incisions may be made at key locations along the hairline and ear.
  • Mid Facelift: A tiny incision in the temporal scalp hair and a small intra oral incision is all that is usually needed.
  • Subperiosteal Facelift: This procedure often combines the incisions of mid face lift and SMAS face lift.
  • SMAS Facelift: Depending upon the treatment area, the incision may be located along the hairline behind the ear, along the ear/face junction and extending under the side burn area and perhaps under the chin.

The Technique

Facelifts may involve treatment to one or more facial layers, including:

  • Sculpt or inject fat to create a more youthful appearance
  • Reposition one or more underlying tissue layers to reframe the face
  • Reposition muscles to improve deep sagging
  • Redrape skin above the renewed contours of the face

Facelift Recovery

Facelift recovery may extend up to ten days following the procedure. This time period is usually several days at which time you can return to normal daily activities. Face lift improvements will be visible at the time that swelling and bruising subsides. The beauty of a facelift is that the mini- face lift procedure has great simplicity that will often provide lasting results for two or more years. The mid face lift, subperiosteal face lift and variations thereof will usually last for ten or more years.

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