Most patients who undergo facelifts are between 40 and 60 years old. Facelift surgery addresses the following issues:

  • Deep creases along the mouth and nose

  • Wrinkles beside the eyes, or “crow’s feet”

  • Loose, sagging skin in the middle of the face

  • Sagging neck and jaw skin

  • Double chin

Patients who looking into facelift procedures should be healthy, and non-smokers in order to prevent complications during the recovery process. Rhytidectomy addresses the lower portions of the face and neck, individuals who want to improve the signs of aging around the eyes may be better candidates for eyelid surgery.

A typical facelift operation takes no more than a few hours, and is done under either local or general anesthetic combined with a sedative. Patients can usually leave after the procedure is completed, but in some instances a short stay may be necessary.

A facelift involves an incision in front of the ear and extending to the hairline. The skin is then separated from the underlying tissues, removed, and the remaining skin is closed with sutures and staples.


The recovery period for a face lift usually lasts between 10 and 14 days. Expect to experience some swelling, numbness, and tenderness, and a feeling of tightness after your operation. Furthermore, abstain from strenuous activity for at least 2 weeks and expect bruising up to a week after recovery. Exposure to the sun should be limited as much as possible for several months until the facial tissues have had a chance to heal. The scars caused by incisions are usually inconspicuous, although it takes a careful and experienced plastic surgeon to ensure that the results will appear natural. Men will find that they need to shave behind their ears, as hair follicles have been relocated along with the skin. Facial rejuvenation treatments such as laser skin resurfacing are often used to maintain or enhance the results of face lift surgery.

Facelift results will typically last from 5 to 10 years. As with all surgeries, face lift surgery has some risks including injury to facial nerves, infection, bleeding, excessive scarring, or asymmetry. So if you're wondering what you would look like 10 or even 15 years younger, you can browse through your old photo albums, or you can call us and book your consultation today.

* Disclaimer - Individual results may vary. Please consult a doctor to better understand the results you should expect.