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A facelift would be better called a “lower-third -of-the-face-and-neck-lift” because it primarily improves the jowls and neck. The muscles under the skin are tightened and the remaining skin is draped over the face. This results in a much firmer, fresher looking face. Depending on your current facial structure and appearance, the results of your facelift may very subtle or very dramatic. Because every individual has unique facial structures, the results can vary greatly with each person. The surgery itself takes several hours to complete and can cause temporary bruising, swelling, numbness and tenderness of the skin. A tight feeling and dry skin may also be possible.
Are You a Facelift Candidate?
Typically, patients over the age of 18 who are displaying signs of aging are candidates for a facelift. A facelift is considered a safe procedure as long as you are healthy and in good physical shape. Ideal candidates for this procedure are those who are experiencing wrinkles, sagging eyelids, sagging skin on the jaw or chin or anywhere on your face. If you only have certain problem areas, such as wrinkles on the forehead or sagging eyelids, you might only need a brow lift (forehead lift) or eyelid lift. If you have signs of aging on your entire face then you may need more than a facelift. You may also benefit from a brow lift to improve the upper third, and upper and lower eyelid lifts. Volume restoration of the mid-face may also be beneficial.
“After a horrible experience and outcome with another surgeon I decided after a lot of research to meet with Dr. Wilder. I had an extremely difficult case. Dr. Wilder is a miracle worker. I could not be happier with the outcome. I only wish I had come to him the first time. Tricia, his nurse, is also the absolute best.”
Face Procedure FAQ
How long does a facelift last?
A facelift will normally last 5-8 years. Unfortunately, we cannot stop gravity.
When is the ideal time to do a facelift?
The best time to do a facelift is when the sagging skin justifies it and before it is “too late.” Skin elasticity really deteriorates after age 65. It is very individual.
The best thing to do is have a consultation if you think you are ready.