A facelift surgery is a type of surgery to correct varying degrees of age in the face and neck, almost always the signs of aging first appear in these areas. You may think and feel very young, but may have a very tired or sad appearance as the neck and jaw line begin to sag and lose their youthful contours. You may notice wrinkles and creases in your face and around the eye with furrows and frown lines in your forehead. Marionette lines begin to form between your cheeks and chin while creases set into the nasolabial folds at the corners of your mouth.
About Facelift Surgery
The fat in your cheeks descends, leaving you with sagging jowls, while the fat in your neck increases forming a double chin or creases that leave you with deep, unsightly bands. You may develop “turkey waddle” as the neck muscles (platysma) lose their elasticity, weaken and sag.
The causes may be hereditary or environmental (lifestyle). It doesn’t matter – it happens to all of us! That’s the bad news – the good news is here at The Choe Center in Virginia Beach, VA we can safely and effectively turn back the clock at least 10 years with one of our lift procedures!
We have also included a listing of typical complementary procedures patients choose to have in addition to their facelift.
Are you a candidate?
Every patient who undergoes facelift surgery must be in good overall health. Any history of heart conditions or disease, or any autoimmune conditions warrant telling the surgeon prior to the procedure.
Good candidates for this procedure should also have sufficient skin elasticity, due to the fact that the skin will be stretched during the procedure.
Having realistic expectations about the outcome of surgery is also vital. Although surgery can provide you with a more youthful look, you must be realistic in what is possible and what may be accomplished. You will look like you do now, only improved.
What is the Facelift Procedure?
Most facelift procedures begin with either general or local anesthesia. They can also include sedation, where you are fully awake, but numbed to any pain.
Incisions are then created along the hairline and around the ears. Skin is then lifted away from the face, and the underlying tissue rearranged. Excess skin is removed, and the remaining skin re-draped over the face. The incisions are closed with sutures, and the procedure is complete.
A post-operative appointment will usually occur the day following surgery. During this appointment, your bandages may be changed by the surgeon. However, no sutures or staples will be removed for an additional 4-5 days following surgery.
Sometimes, other procedures are performed at the same time as a face lift. These procedures can include blepharoplasty and the injection of dermal fillers. Of course, these procedures will need to be collaborated on by both the patient and the surgeon so that the patient’s desired look can be achieved.
Full Facelift Recovery
You may experience mild to moderate discomfort in the days following facelift surgery. Painkillers are usually prescribed for this. Antibiotics may also be prescribed in order to ward off infection. Bruising and swelling are very common with this procedure and can take some time to dissipate.
Physical activity be limited following face lift surgery, particularly any activity which involves the muscles in the face or may lead to injury. Although the surgeon will provide a timeline for each patient’s unique recovery needs, you can expect to be off of work for up to one week following surgery.
Benefits of Full Facelift
- Safe, effective and among the most popular for its long lasting results
- Reverses the many unwanted signs of aging
- Restores balance and harmony to the aging face
- Smooths & tightens skin of the face & neck
- Very common procedure chosen by people in their 40s-50s & older
- An effective plastic surgery procedure for men & women
Risks of the procedure
You may experience excessive pain and redness, which are both risks of this procedure. Another risk is a high temperature. Any of these symptoms should result in a call to your surgeon right away. Temperature can be monitored at home with the purchase of a thermometer, which is available from most drug stores and pharmacies.
Educating yourself about all of the facets of this surgery is crucial, as it will help you to thoroughly understand the process before you go through it. Many surgeons will make this mandatory so that their patients are completely prepared for surgery.
Frequently asked questions about Facelift
What is a facelift?
It is a surgical procedure performed to improve the visible signs of aging in the face and neck. It was created and perfected in order to correct all of those unwanted signs of aging and to restore a more youthful, more rested appearance.
Will a facelift change my real appearance?
No. It will turn back the clock to give you a more youthful appearance again. It will not change your fundamental features – those that define you, as you.
Does this procedure create a “pulled or too tight look?”
Dr. Choe is a board certified facial plastic surgeon, certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and trained in plastic surgery of the face and neck. Your surgery will be customized specifically to you – and will simply restore a “younger looking” you – one that is age appropriate.
How long will my results last?
The effects of aging, gravity, lifestyle will continue to take their toll. But consider this: if you had a twin sibling and you had the procedure, you would both continue to age, but you would always look about 10+ years younger.
Will this surgery eliminate all my wrinkles, furrows and grooves?
This procedure targets with the sagging skin of the face – lifting it to its original position. Many wrinkles and grooves will be done away with. However, our patients typically have an eyelid lift to deal with the hoods above the eyes and the bags beneath the eyes. Chin implants effectively restore definition to the chin while a neck lift and neck liposuction fully complements this procedure to give the most outstanding overall results that you deserve.
Where will my surgery be performed?
Dr. Choe will perform your surgery in our accredited surgery center conveniently located in Hampton Roads, Virginia. This is an out-patient procedure – so you will return home the same day.
Is there much pain associated with this surgery?
Actually, our patients report very minimal discomfort. You will experience a tightness due to swelling and some pulling under the chin. This is normal, managed very well with pain medication and generally decreases each day until completely gone.
How much does a Virginia face lift cost?
At Dr. Choe’s office in Virginia Beach, VA, a face lift procedure can cost from $7500 – $9000 including anesthesia fees. This is a range, and individual patient needs can vary significantly. For the most accurate figure, come in for an individualized consultation with Dr. Choe.
What about anesthesia?
Dr. Choe uses an IV sedation along with local anesthetic keep you completely comfortable. Most patients sleep and do not hear or feel anything.
How long will my surgery take?
It usually takes 3-4 hours – depending upon the extensiveness of your surgery.
How long will I need to be out of work?
Usually 7-10 days. Swelling, bruising and tightness are part of this lift procedure. This takes time to diminish – usually 2-3 weeks.