Center for Facial Aesthetics Offers Facelift Surgery to Achieve Natural, More Youthful Look

Surgeons at the Center for Facial Aesthetics at University Hospitals specialize in facelift cosmetic surgery (rhytidectomy). The main goal of a facelift is to achieve a natural, well rested, and more youthful appearance. The areas we address with a facelift include:

  • Deep creases around the mouth
  • Jaw line
  • Jowls
  • Loose skin of the neck
  • Sagging cheeks

To create a well-balanced and rejuvenated appearance, facelifts can be performed in conjunction with other facial surgeries, including:

  • Neck contouring
  • Liposuction
  • Eyelid surgery
  • Eyebrow surgery
  • Chin or laser surgery

Patient History and Examination

Consultation for facelift cosmetic surgery consists of an extensive evaluation and discussion. Our surgeons will evaluate the patient’s face and photographs in detail and discuss expectations and concerns. Then he or she will review the available surgical options and recommendations, including a discussion of possible risks or complications.

The extent of the procedure depends on the patient's individual needs. Our surgeons use a variety of facelifts often with fat injection, depending on the condition of the face. The patient is provided with additional material for review at home. We strongly recommend a second visit before the operation to review the major points and answer all remaining questions.

Ideal Candidates for Facelifts

The best candidates for facelift cosmetic surgery are women and men with moderate to severe sagging of the facial soft tissue and some residual elasticity of the skin. The patient should be in good health. People with diabetes or smokers have a higher chance of complications such as skin loss and wound healing problems.

Performing Facelifts

Facelift surgery is performed by various methods including removing unwanted fat and repositioning of the underlying tissues of the face. For the best outcome, it is important to find a surgeon who has hospital privileges for support in case of complications, and who has experience with performed many facelifts in the past.

Facelift cosmetic surgery is usually an outpatient procedure that takes three to four hours. Recovery takes two hours, and there may be mild pain that can be controlled with medications.

In just one to two weeks, patients can return to work. While most patients do not have bruising, minimal bruising can be concealed cosmetically. Strenuous activities will have to be curtailed by the patients for three weeks after the surgery. The patients will be advised to avoid consumption of aspirin and NSAIDS for three weeks before and a week after surgery.