Facelifting procedures are designed to restore the natural soft tissue contours of the face by lifting drooping structures in the face to reconstruct the normal youthful anatomy. Although originally developed as a surgery to remove wrinkles and loose skin (also known as rhytidectomy), the procedure has been refined to restore the deep soft tissues contours of the face to create a more youthful, rested, and refreshed appearance. The progressive loss of facial skin tone with jowl formation with deepening of the creases along the nose to the corners of the mouth and below the lower eyelids often indicate sagging of the soft tissues of the face. This loss of youthful soft tissue contours is often best corrected with these newer facelifting techniques.
Facelift, Mid-facelift, deep plane facelift, endoscopic facelift and facelift/necklift are all terms to describe various types of face lifting techniques. As every patient presents with specific and unique aspects of facial aging, Dr. Calloway recognizes that every procedure needs to be tailored and customized to the individual. Consequently, facelifting represents a wide array of procedures that are blended and adapted to each specific patient to achieve the desired natural rejuvenation of the face. Fat may be sculpted or redistributed from the face, jowls and neck, and underlying tissue is repositioned, commonly the deeper layers of the face and the muscles are also lifted. Once the ideal facial contours are restored in the face, these newer facelifting techniques are also intended to avoid over tightening of the skin which might result in a “pulled”, “unnatural” or “overdone” look. Instead, the facial skin is smoothed over the new youthful contours and the fine incisions hidden around the ear are repaired with microscopic sutures. The final result is a natural, rested, refreshed appearance, without any visible signs of facelift surgery.
The cost of the surgery will vary depending on the procedures utilized. The surgery is performed under local anesthesia with mild sedation or under general anesthesia in our Accredited Outpatient Surgical Facility. The usual recovery is approximately one week before the microscopic sutures are removed. Exercise regimens are usually resumed in 2-3 weeks. Also included as part of the procedure, Dr. Calloway performs non invasive laser treatments on the limited incisions on the face after surgery to help the incisions fade more rapidly. Thorough individualized instructions are reviewed with the patient and caregiver prior to surgery, and frequent postoperative visits with Dr. Calloway and his staff ensure a smooth and straightforward recovery.