A facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is the most comprehensive approach to treating facial wrinkles and sagging caused by aging. The surgery varies in range from minimally invasive ‘lunchtime lifts’ to more extensive, sophisticated surgery. A facelift removes excess skin, tightens underlying tissues and muscle, and re-drapes skin on the face and neck. It can correct mid-face sagging, marionette lines, jowls and a double chin, maintaining its reputation as the ‘gold standard’ for facial rejuvenation. Every year, thousands of people undergo successful facelift surgery and are pleased with the results.
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, there are several guidelines to considering a Facelift:
If you feel that your face does not reflect your youthful spirit and energy level.
If you determine that your facial sagging and excess skin is a social or career obstacle.
If you show signs of facial aging but still have some skin elasticity One day you look in the mirror and realize that time, gravity, sun exposure and heredity have taken a toll and you simply do not look like yourself any more.
A facelift can improve many areas of the face in one surgery.
Can last for ten years or more and can make you appear ten to fifteen years younger.
Can re-contour the neck and jawline better than all other techniques.
A facelift will not create a ‘new’ you, just a younger version of yourself.
There will be some downtime associated with this procedure.
Depending on your age and skin type, you may want a secondary procedure later on.
General Operative 3 to 5 hours
Anesthesia: Local with sedation and/or general anesthesia
Most individuals are able to return to normal activities after about two weeks.
For the individual who is not quite ready for a facelift, Dr. Bland recommends non-invasive procedures that use laser and ultrasound to tighten the skin of the neck, chin, and face. You may also consider fillers for checks and lips. For additional information on non-invasive Medical Spa treatments, visit Premier MediSpa located within our office.
About the Center for Plastic Surgery: Dr. Bland holds two Doctorate degrees – a Doctorate in Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and Doctorate in Medicine (M.D.) from the prestigious University of California at San Francisco (UCSF). A prominent Colorado Springs Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Bland is member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons as well as the prestigious American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.