Restore That Youthful Look with a Facelift

It is natural for your facial skin to change with increasing age. Common signs of skin aging begin to appear and may take away from the youthfulness of your overall look. A lot of people feel dissatisfied with loose skin and wrinkles on their face and decide to come in for facelift surgery.

A facelift, also called a rhytidectomy, is helpful in erasing facial wrinkles and various other aging signs that appear on the face. The objective of a facelift surgery is to revitalize the overall look of your face and jawline. If you wish to reverse the undesirable effects of stress, time, and environmental exposure, a facelift surgery might be the best solution.

The Procedure

To keep the patient comfortable during a traditional facelift surgery, general anesthesia or intravenous sedation will be administered. The surgeon will create incisions in the hairline, around the ear, or below the chin as needed.

Fat may be removed from the face, neck, and jowls, and the skin tissue will be tightened. It is common for the deep muscle and facial layers to be lifted during this procedure. After this is done, the surgeon will reposition the skin over the newly enhanced contours. Skin adhesives or sutures are used for closing up the incisions.


In order to undergo a traditional facelift surgery, patients must have good skin elasticity. This refers to skin that is capable of retaining some amount of flexibility and natural suppleness. This quality is critical, since the skin will need to be able to shrink to tightly fit the new and enhanced contours of the region. Improved healing and optimal results are dependent on elastic skin.

In addition to skin elasticity, the patient should also have good bone structure in order to be a suitable candidate for the traditional facelift surgery. It is also important that the patient be in good health.

Recovery and Aftercare

After the surgery, the plastic surgeon will wrap the patient’s face with sterile surgical bandages to cover all the incisions. The bandages are likely to remain intact for a minimum of one to two days.

A drainage tube might be inserted in some cases during the surgery in order to carry out any excess fluid or blood, preventing post-surgical complications. The surgeon will remove any sutures during a follow-up visit around one to two weeks after the procedure. Incisions typically heal within two weeks.

Pain medications may be prescribed by the doctor in order to relieve any discomfort, and he may advise against any strenuous physical activity for a certain period of time after the surgery. Staying home from work and avoiding one’s normal daily routine will be required.

Setting Up Your Facelift Consultation

When a skilled and experienced facial plastic surgeon performs the traditional facelift procedure with careful attention to detail, patients are left with extraordinarily beautiful and natural-looking results.

It is vital to discuss your surgery goals with your surgeon prior to undergoing the facelift procedure. Arrange a consultation with Dr. Anthony Bared, a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, to ensure proper communication of your aesthetic needs and goals. Contact our office to schedule your consultation.

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Dr. Anthony Bared

Dr. Anthony Bared, MD, FACS is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, and hair restoration. You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Bared by calling 800-943-7295.

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