Face Lift (Rhytidectomy)
A facelift is one of the most requested procedures by our patients near Dearborn and West Bloomfield. As a result, facelifts, including the neck lift and the mini lift have become a specialty of the Straith Clinic. There are many surgical facelift procedures available to rejuvenate the aging face, including dermal fillers, microdermabrasion, IPL and chemical peels. Deciding on the best procedure will depend on our surgeon’s expertise, your goals, the structure of the face, and the condition of the skin.
Who is a Good Candidate?
Good facelift candidate includes healthy individuals who are non-smokers. Patients who are experiencing sagging in the mid-face region, deep creases below the lower eyelids or along the nose extending to the corners of the mouth, or loss of skin tone that creates jowls or fatty deposits under the chin and jaw could greatly benefit from a facelift. Those with realistic expectations are often the happiest with their results.
What to Expect
- Anesthesia – Usually local with IV sedation.
- Length of Surgery – Three to four hours.
- In / Outpatient – Generally out-patient in our accredited on-site surgery center or in a hospital setting. A no charge overnight stay can be provided for your comfort and convenience.
- Recovery – Most patients are able to return to work in 10 to 14 days. Strenuous activity should be avoided for three to four weeks after surgery. Bruising may last from 2 to 3 weeks. Must limit exposure to sun for several months.
- Fading of Scars – It may take several months to one year for scars to fade.
- Duration of Results – Patients usually look a few years younger. The aging process will have an affect on your facelift in later years.
Procedure Performed by Dr. Sabbagh
The traditional facelift uses a combination of techniques that target the sagging tissues of the cheeks, jowl line and neck area. It gives you a more youthful facial appearance by reshaping the underlying tissues into their youthful position and re-draping the skin over the more youthful shaped face.
In general, the traditional facelift result is longer lasting than the “mini” techniques but requires a higher degree of invasive techniques and more recovery when compared to the “mini lift” techniques.
Mini Face lift
The mini lifts provide a less dramatic result. The branded mini facelifts, like the Weekend, One-Hour, Thread, or other “breakthrough” procedures are a compromise when compared to the more traditional surgical techniques. If it has a fancy name, it is usually better marketing than medicine. As plastic surgeons, we are continually asked to provide more with less downtime. Patients have to be realistic.
The mini facelift procedure, which is less invasive than the traditional facelift, will help rejuvenate the cheeks, and to a lesser extent, the neck. Mini facelifts are best suited for patients who want to correct minor sagging or drooping of the lower face, including the cheeks and jowls. Mini face lift/neck lift procedures involve fewer incisions than the traditional facelift.
Why Choose Straith Clinic?
We understand that each patient is unique and requires a specific approach when considering facial surgery and we are experts in all techniques such as traditional facelift, mid facelifts, lower facelifts, neck lifts, mini facelifts, endoscopic forehead lifts and brow lifts. Meeting the unique needs of our patients coupled with our knowledge, experience, and training is what separates us from other plastic surgeons in the Dearborn, Michigan area.
I would like to take this opportunity to relay my facelift experience at Straith Clinic. I had considered having a face lift for a number of years and had been informed recently of the expertise of Dr. William Sabbagh at the Straith Clinic by a previous patient. I researched and found that Dr. Sabbagh and his staff at the clinic were very knowledgeable, informative, caring and courteous so I was reassured of the decision I was about to make. My results were beyond my expectations and I would like to share my experience with others. Thanks to all of you for the excellent care I received.
What Are the Risks
No surgical procedure is risk-free, and that includes cosmetic surgery like facelift surgery. During your consultation with Dr. Sabbagh, he will review the risks so you can make an educated decision.
With an established track record of over 80 years, board certified plastic surgeons, an accredited facility, and thousands of satisfied patients throughout Dearborn, metro Detroit, Michigan and the U.S., the Straith Clinic has earned an excellent reputation for cosmetic surgery of the face and body.
Frequently asked questions about facelift
How much does facelift surgery cost?
The cost of facelift surgery, also known as a Rhytidectomy, will vary based on geographical location, your individual anatomy, and your desired aesthetic results. However, the average cost of a facelift is $7,048. Pricing details can be discussed with Dr. Sabbagh during your facelift surgery consultation.
How long is facelift recovery?
Following facelift surgery, most patients can return to work after 10-14 days. However, strenuous activities should be avoided for 3-4 weeks, and sun exposure must be limited for several months. Your recovery time can be discussed with Dr. Sabbagh during your facelift consultation.
How long do facelift results last?
The longevity of your facelift results will depend on your genes, skin quality, and maintenance routine. While facelift results are meant to be permanent, this procedure cannot stop the aging process.
How is a facelift performed?
A facelift procedure focuses on the lower face, and repositions or tightens loose tissues to restore a younger appearance. There are two facelift techniques, the traditional facelift, and the limited-incision facelift, both of wish can target marionette lines, nasolabial folds, a sagging jawline, loss of skin collagen and elasticity. Oftentimes, a neck lift is done in conjunction with a facelift to address turkey neck to rejuvenate the neckline. Following facelift surgery, many patients feel more confident about their overall appearance.
How long does a facelift procedure take?
In general, a facelift procedure takes about three to four hours to complete.
Does a facelift hurt?
The facelift procedure is performed under local anesthesia with IV sedation, so you will not feel anything during the surgery. Following the procedure, you will experience bruising, swelling, and soreness, which can be controlled with pain medication.
Does a facelift leave visible scars?
Because the facelift procedure involves the creation of incisions, scarring will occur. However, facelift scars are hidden in the hairline or behind the ears, and are hardly noticeable after they are fully healed. Scars can take several months to one year to fully fade.
When will I be able to return to work after a facelift procedure?
Following a facelift procedure, most patients are able to return to work within 10-14 days, depending on the job.
What are some benefits of a facelift?
Facelift surgery is associated with many benefits. This procedure can tighten loose skin on the jaw, cheeks, and neck, as well as correct the appearance of jowls, wrinkles, deep creases, and deep folds to restore confidence. The main goal is to contour the lower face for an improved face contour. Facelift patients can enjoy a more youthful appearance, smooth skin, and natural look.
Are there different types of facelifts?
Yes, there are two types of facelift techniques that can be used today. These include:
- Traditional facelift AKA Regular facelift
- Limited-incision facelift
The type of facelift performed will depend on your individual anatomy and your desired cosmetic goals.
I don’t want a windblown look; will a facelift look natural?
Yes. The facelift techniques of today can create natural looking results, so you don’t have to worry about looking overdone or having that windswept look.
What risks are associated with a facelift?
As with any type of facial cosmetic surgery, facelift surgery has some associated risks. These include, but are not limited to:
- Hematoma or seroma
- Changes in sensation
- Allergic reactions
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