A face lift, or rhytidectomy, can help our patients reverse key signs of facial aging caused by loss of skin elasticity, diminished facial volume, and exposure to natural elements. Our experienced, board-certified facial plastic surgeons – J. David Kriet, MD and Clinton D. Humphrey, MD – are highly skilled in performing full face lift procedures and are known for creating beautiful results that look natural. A face lift is one of the most popular surgical aesthetic enhancement options we offer, and our surgeons are able to smooth and elevate problem areas to reveal a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance.
Benefits of Face Lift
A face lift can accomplish a multitude of improvements along several planes of the face to restore youthful contours and smoother skin from the inside out. With a face lift, our surgeons can:
- Elevate and remove loose, excess skin
- Lift and tighten lax musculature and connective tissue for lasting results
- Reduce – or even eliminate – the appearance of jowls along the jawline
- Smooth creases, wrinkles, and fine lines
- Remove fat deposits
The Face Lift Consultation
Each face lift performed by Dr. Kriet and Dr. Humphrey is highly individualized to meet the unique needs and cosmetic goals of the patient. During your consultation, one of our facial plastic surgeons will carefully assess every aspect of your face, including skin texture, bone structure, and muscle tone to determine if you are indeed a good candidate for the face lift procedure. Your doctor will also listen to your concerns and discuss your vision for the final outcome. Integrating all of the information gathered during the examination and conversation, your surgeon can develop a customized surgical plan designed to deliver results that appear balanced and natural.
The Face Lift Procedure
Face lift surgery usually takes between three to five hours to complete and is performed as an outpatient procedure. You will be under general anesthesia during surgery, so you will not feel or remember a thing. The technique our surgeons use involves incisions that can be hidden along natural skin creases or within the hairline. Through these incisions, your surgeon can tighten the underlying facial musculature, remove excess skin and fat, and gently smooth the skin upward and back. The incisions are then closed with fine sutures or surgical clips.
Recovery After Face Lift
After the procedure, an elastic dressing is applied to the face and worn overnight. This dressing is removed the following morning and replaced with a lighter dressing. Most patients experience some swelling and bruising during the recovery phase, though discomfort is usually mild and can be controlled with medication. After a face lift, our patients typically return to work in two weeks. Scarring from the incisions is often not visible to others. In fact, many hairdressers have complimented Dr. Kriet’s and Dr. Humphrey’s patients on their hard-to-find incisions.
Face Lift Results
A face lift performed by an experienced and dynamic facial plastic surgeon can reverse the appearance of aging, fatigue, and sun damage – giving you a more youthful, refreshed, and energized look. Our face lift patients are pleased with the natural results they have been able to achieve with the help of Dr. Kriet and Dr. Humphrey. Oftentimes, patients appear years younger after recovery and enjoy a significant boost in confidence.