A facelift is an excellent way to restore a youthful contour to your face. As we age, facial skin loses volume and elasticity, which causes wrinkles, folds, and sagging tissue.
The surgery involves not only permanently elevating and supporting these tissues, but improves the loss of volume to make your skin look less like a raisin and more like a grape. In the hands of a skilled surgeon, a facelift can and should look very natural.
“Facelift” is a generic term for surgery that restores the position and volume of the middle and lower face and neck, but there are many variants of facelift. Some involve minimal incisions, minimal elevation, and the use of endoscopes to accomplish good results with a short recovery period. Others are more lengthy and involved, entailing maximal surgical dissection to achieve a maximal result, but with a longer recovery. Dr. Dutton will evaluate you, discuss your particular concerns with you, carefully communicate with you what you can expect, and work closely with you to formulate an ideal plan for your face.
Dr. Dutton is double-board-certified in Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and has served as the Division Chief of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at Rush University Medical Center. As a result of this training and experience, he knows how to devise a facelift surgical plan that will provide you with optimal aesthetic results without compromising your safety.
Benefits of a Face Lift
- Lines and wrinkles on the lower portion of the face
- Sagging skin in the cheek area
- Deep nasolabial folds from the nose to the mouth
- Drooping or “bands” on the neck
The Facelift Procedure
You may be under general anesthesia during your surgery or under a local anesthetic with sedation. Facelift incisions are usually hidden in the hairline, or they can sometimes be placed discreetly behind or in front of the ears. In some cases, a small incision under the chin might be necessary in order to achieve your desired outcome.
During the surgery, any excess skin is removed, and the skin and muscles are redraped for a natural, but tighter, more youthful appearance. Volume might be replaced with fat or commercially available injections.
Due to today’s advanced facial plastic surgery techniques, recovering from a facelift is easier than it has ever been. You can expect some discomfort, however, for a few days to a couple of weeks. This can be managed with pain medications, and you can reduce swelling by elevating your head as you sleep. Your recovery may vary significantly depending on the type of facelift you and Dr. Dutton select.
Most patients take 1-2 weeks off from work for the recovery period. Any bruising can be covered with makeup, and swelling should resolve within 2-3 weeks. Dr. Dutton will provide you with full post-operative instructions and will monitor your progress. If any sutures are to be removed, we will set up an appointment for that process.
As an expert in facial surgery who has taught these procedures to others and also performs complex facial reconstructions, you cannot ask for a better surgeon to perform your facelift than Dr. Dutton. Why would you trust your face to anyone else but a facial plastic surgeon?