The facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is plastic surgery procedure designed to turn back the clock on visual aging and uncover the lost youthfulness of the face. The procedure can improve the appearance of sagging facial skin, jowls, and loose neck skin by removing excess fat, tightening the underlying muscles, and redraping the skin. Good candidates for a facelift include men and women who are in good health and wish to look more youthful.
The facelift is a procedure which not only requires meticulous technique but also a true artistic ability if the best and most beautiful results are to be achieved. It must be performed with regard to producing the most pleasing, long-term aesthetic outcome. This is not the procedure to shop around for based on cost. You only have one face and it is the first thing that people see when they look at you.
Dr. Vitenas has extensive experience and training in the latest facelift techniques. He is always careful to spend the time and produce the craftsmanship that will ensure a beautiful, natural and long-lasting result without the tell-tale look of surgery. Dr. Vitenas performs facelift surgery at the Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital or at its affiliated outpatient facility, the Day Surgery Center, usually with an overnight stay for the patient’s comfort. General anesthesia is used and the procedure takes four to six hours to complete.
The incision for the facelift begins above the hairline at the temples, extends inside the front of the ear, and ends behind the ear in the hairline. To achieve a very natural, relaxed, and youthful look, Dr. Vitenas uses a dual-plane technique which addresses both the skin and the deeper tissues (SMAS) with multiple vector lifting and reshaping.
The recovery after a facelift takes about two weeks. Patients can expect some swelling and bruising, and it may take two to three weeks for the bruising to fade. There usually isn’t any significant pain after the facelift, though patients can take medication to manage any discomfort they do experience. Patients may experience some numbness of the skin. The stitches are usually removed on the fifth and tenth days after surgery. Work can typically be resumed after two weeks, though more strenuous activities may need to be postponed for four to six weeks.
Q – What is a facelift?
The facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is a plastic surgery procedure able to improve the appearance of sagging facial skin, jowls and loose neck skin. The procedure can effectively turn back the clock on visual aging, uncovering the lost youthfulness of the face.
Q – Who is a candidate for a facelift?
Men and women who are in good health and want to look more youthful may be good candidates for a facelift.
Q – What should I expect during a consultation for a facelift?
During the consultation for a facelift, Dr. Vitenas will go over your complete medical history, take the time to understand your goals, and answer all of your questions. You will see pre-op and post-op photos of previous facelift patients, and computer imaging will be used to help you visualize your own personal results. Dr. Vitenas will discuss reasonable and expected outcomes, and explain the details of the procedure including the technique, the recovery, the risks, the costs, and financing options.
Q – Where is the surgery for a facelift performed?
Dr. Vitenas performs the facelift at the Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital or its affiliated outpatient facility, the Day Surgery Center. There is usually with an overnight stay for the patient’s comfort.
Q – What is the price of a Facelift?
In general, the cost of facelift includes the anesthesia fee, the facility fee and the surgeon’s fee. Facelifts vary in cost depending on the level of correction needed. There are different types of facelifts including short scar, macs lift, mid facelift, neck lift, etc. Depending on your age and the amount of laxity present the correction may run from $7,500.00 to $15,000.00.
Q – What type of anesthesia is used for the facelift?
The facelift is usually performed with general anesthesia.
Q – How is the facelift performed?
For the facelift, an incision is made which starts at the temples in the hairline and extends inside the front of the ear, ending in the hairline behind the ear. For the most natural and relaxed look, Dr. Vitenas uses a dual-plane technique which addresses both the skin and the deeper tissues (SMAS) with multiple vector lifting and reshaping.
Q – How long is the surgery for a facelift?
The surgery for a facelift is about four to six hours in length.
Q – Where are the incisions made for the facelift?
The incision for the facelift starts at the temples in the hairline, extends inside the front of the ear, and ends in the hairline behind the ear.
Q – Does the facelift leave scars?
Patients will have a scar after the facelift, though it tends to be well-concealed within the hairline and natural creases of the face and ears.
Q – Is the facelift a painful procedure?
Pain usually isn’t significant after the facelift, though medication can be taken to manage any discomfort that patients do experience.
Q – How long is the recovery after a facelift?
The recovery after a facelift takes about two weeks.
Q – What is the recovery like after a facelift?
Patients can expect a recovery time of about two weeks after the facelift. Swelling and bruising may occur, with most of the bruising fading in two to three weeks. Numbness of the skin may also occur.
Q – When will I be able to return to work after my facelift surgery?
Patients are often able to return to work within two weeks after the facelift.
Q – When will I be able to exercise after my facelift procedure?
Patients will need to postpone strenuous activities and work for four to six weeks after the facelift.
Q – When are the stitches removed after the facelift?
The stitches are typically removed on the fifth and tenth days after the facelift surgery.
Q – What are the risks or possible complications of the facelift?
The potential risks or complications associated with the facelift may include bleeding, infection, hematoma, nerve injury, and delayed wound healing.
Q – Is it possible to get finance my facelift procedure?
There are financing options available for plastic surgery, and Dr. Vitenas will discuss these with you during your initial facelift consultation.