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.
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, 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
Does a facelift make you look younger?
A facelift is designed to improve the appearance of the cheeks, jawline and neck. It will make you look younger but no surgeon can accurately say it will make you look 10 or 20 years younger. It is better to say it will make you look very good for your age.
How do I get rid of my double chins?
A double chin usually is referring to a fat appearance to the neck. Sometimes it is possible to remove the fat with either injections of a substance to dissolve the fat or with liposuction. A careful examination of the neck will determine what treatment will give the best results.
How long after a facelift can I exercise?
All surgeons have their own postop guidelines. I will allow my facelift patients to start walking at 3 weeks and if they do not experience increase swelling or discomfort they can slowly increase back to full activities at one month
How long does facelift last?
A facelift will last different lengths of time in each patient. This will depend on age of patient, lifestyle(no smoking), genetics and how well the facelift was performed. My patients will generally return after 8 to 10 years for another procedure. Sometimes a procedure less than a facelift is required.
How long does fat transfer face last?
As a face ages the fat diminishes and sags. A facelift lifts the fat back up into the cheeks. If fat is transferred to the face more than 80% will become alive and be permanent and age with the face which means it will also diminish with aging.
What is a neck lift called?
There can be different names for improving the appearance of the neck . Some surgeons call it a lower facelift. I call it a necklift which involves tightening the neck muscles,removing any excess fat. and tightening the skin with incisions behind the ears.
What is best age for facelift?
There is no best age for a facelift. Mid fifties is probably the optimal age to see nice results which last a long time. As you age the results become more dramatic because the patient is older and the change is more noticeable and into the 70s and above the results are still dramatic but dont last as long.
How many times can you get a facelift?
There is no set number of facelifts a patient can have. Each one needs to be modified to give good results. The incisions need to change , sometimes not as much needs to be done after the first . Fat may need to be added as a person ages.
How long does it take for bruising on the face to go away?
If a facelift is done very carefully it is common to have little or no bruises. If there is some bruising it will usually go away or be easily covered with makeup by 2 or 3 weeks. This is also the time that swelling will be almost gone
How do you take care of your face after a facelift?
I strongly recommend good skin care after a facelift to maintain the results for a longer time. Peels, micro needling ,and other treatments work well as do skin creams. These would be recommended by our aesthetician. And of course no smoking and sunscreen
How do you reduce swelling after a facelift?
Elevation of the head ,icing of the cheeks and limited activities during the first week after a facelift are good ways to reduce swelling after a facelift.
How much is a facelift?
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 recovery from a facelift?
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.
Is a facelift permanent?
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 painful is a facelift?
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 to 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 and a Limited-incision facelift. The type of facelift performed will depend on your individual anatomy and your desired cosmetic goals.