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Facelift Surgery – Rhytidectomy

What is a Facelift?

A facelift is also known as a “rhytidectomy.” The procedure is intended to improve signs of aging on the face and neck, including loose or sagging skin, jowls, wrinkles, and folds between the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds), marionette lines, volume loss, or “turkey neck.” These aging signs are common and develop due to genetics, stress, or environmental damage including excess exposure to the sun.

At our Baltimore, Maryland area offices, we have a reputation for providing superior facelift results, effectively creating a more refreshed look for patients who are concerned about wrinkles, loose skin, and other signs of aging.

Facelifts are excellent solutions for those who wish to:

  • Achieve a more rested, youthful appearance
  • Eliminate wrinkles, sagging skin, “turkey neck”, or sagging cheeks or jawlines
  • And more

Dr. Rosenberg has a reputation for providing superior facelift results, effectively creating a more refreshed look and making you look years younger. We look forward to helping you achieve the results you deserve.

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What Happens During a Facelift?

Most commonly performed on patients over the age of 40, the procedure tightens sagging skin and is frequently accompanied by liposuction to remove excess fat from the neck and face.

A facelift at our Maryland area offices is typically performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. Temporary side effects may include swelling, bruising, discomfort, and numbness, and most patients are able to return to work and light activities in one to two weeks.

Not ready for a surgery? In addition to the facelift procedure, The Plastic Surgery Center also offers non-surgical cosmetic options like:

Rejuvenating injectable skin treatments such as BOTOX®, Dysport®, injectable fillers, and other in-office treatments can often help patients fight an aging appearance without the recovery time associated with surgery.

Who is a good candidate for a facelift?

The typical facelift patient sees loose and sagging skin as well as wrinkles and fine lines throughout the lower part of the face. Jowls or loose skin on the neck may also be present. Before a facelift, you should be generally healthy and a nonsmoker. You should also have realistic expectations for the surgery and your potential results.

What a Facelift Cannot Do

While a facelift can dramatically reduce signs of aging, it cannot stop the natural aging process, meaning that results are not entirely permanent. Typically, patients look about ten years younger after a facelift, but as the natural aging process continues, wrinkles and fine lines and lost elasticity will reappear. You can maintain results longer by taking proper care of your skin with high-quality products and avoiding sun exposure.

In addition, a facelift primarily treats signs of aging in the lower part of the face. Signs of aging, like laugh lines or forehead lines, in the upper face can be treated with other procedures such as a brow lift. Extensive sagging or loose skin in the neck can be further treated with a neck lift.

Finally, the results seen from a surgical facelift cannot be duplicated using nonsurgical procedures. For patients with less advanced signs of aging, a non-surgical option such as injectable fillers or a chemical peel can yield suitable results, but for others, a surgical facelift is your best option.

What should I expect during a consultation for a facelift?

During your facelift consultation, you and your surgeon will discuss your goals for the procedure and your medical history, including any medications, conditions, previous treatments or surgeries, and allergies. Your surgeon will evaluate the aging signs you wish to treat and determine whether you are a suitable candidate for the procedure. They will then determine a treatment plan and explain reasonable expectations for the procedure. They may explain a plan for your surgery, including your anesthesia options or other factors. Finally, your surgeon may take photographs or measurements of your face in preparation for your facelift.

What questions should I ask my plastic surgeon about facelift surgery?

During your consultation, you can ask any questions you might have about facelift surgery. Some common questions that facelift patients have include:

  • What certifications, training, and experience do you have?
  • Where will my facelift be performed?
  • Am I a good candidate for a facelift? Why or why not?
  • What should I know about recovery?
  • What results can I reasonably expect from a facelift?
  • What complications are possible? How do you handle complications after a facelift?

What Should I Expect During My Facelift Recovery?

During facelift recovery, it’s common to experience swelling, bruising, and redness as well as some discomfort. You may be required to wear a compression garment to minimize swelling. Pain medication can be used to maintain your comfort as you heal. Most patients return to work or other routines after 1-2 weeks of rest. Your surgeon will assess your healing during post-op appointments and advise when you can return to exercise or other strenuous activity.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Facelift Scars Noticeable?

Scars from a facelift surgery typically are not noticeable. This is because the incisions follow the hairline. If a chin incision is necessary, it will be placed in the natural creases in the chin to hide the scar.

How Long Does A Facelift Take?

Depending on what needs to be done during the surgery, a facelift can take anywhere from three to four hours. If combined with an eyelid or brow surgery, it may take up to six hours.

When Can I Return To Work After A Facelift?

Generally, patients should plan to take up to two weeks off work. It may be possible to return after one week, but most patients need at least ten days.

Schedule a Facelift Consultation in Maryland

When considering a facelift, it’s very important to carefully evaluate your plastic surgeon. Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg holds dual certifications by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery (the only plastic surgery board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties). He is active in national as well as local medical and plastic surgical societies, and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery, the Lipoplasty Society of America, and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

We invite you to learn more about facelifts or any of the body contouring procedures performed at our plastic surgery center in Baltimore, Maryland. Call us at 410-324-3071 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rosenberg.

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