A facelift, medically referred to as rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic procedure designed to reduce signs of aging in the face and achieve a more rejuvenated and rested appearance. Using a variety of leading techniques, including the deep plane approach, Dr. Neal Goldberg can lift sagging facial tissues and position them to a higher, more youthful location. Excess skin is often removed as well, and natural-looking results are emphasized.
The facelift procedure is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed in the U.S. On average, patients can look over 11 years younger and may experience improved self-confidence. In this procedure, advanced techniques are used to remove excess fat, tighten underlying tissues in the face, and redrape the skin of the face and neck.
Facelifts can correct many issues, including sagging jowls, deep nasolabial folds, excess skin, folds or fat deposits around the neck, and a sagging face or neck. Most patients who undergo the procedure are between 40 and 60 years old. Ideal patients are healthy non-smokers. You should notify our board-certified plastic surgeon if you suffer from high blood pressure, problems with blood clotting, or you have a tendency to form excessive scars.
Years of aging can cause our faces to sag, making us look older. If you suffer from excess sagging skin in their lower face, Dr. Neal Goldberg is proud to offer facelift procedures to correct these signs of aging. These facial plastic surgery procedures can help:
A consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon can give you insight into whether a facelift would address your concerns and help you achieve the look you desire. Facelift surgery is personalized to your unique needs and can restore a more youthful version of yourself while preserving the natural character of your face.
A facelift procedure is highly individualized and may be performed on either an inpatient or outpatient basis. The surgery can take 2-3 hours to complete and is often done utilizing general anesthesia.
During the procedure, Dr. Goldberg makes incisions above the hairline at the temples, where they will be well-concealed and follow the natural contour in front of the ear, continuing behind the earlobe to the lower scalp. The doctor separates the skin from the underlying fat and tissue. Excess fat is then trimmed or extracted using liposuction to improve the contour of the neck or chin. Dr. Goldberg then tightens the underlying tissues and lifts and removes excess skin. If the neck is being improved, a small incision is also made under the chin. Finally, stitches will be used to fixate the tissue layers and close the incisions.
In some cases, Dr. Goldberg may choose to perform an SMAS facelift. If you undergo this procedure, the tissue underneath the skin will be lifted to decrease the sagginess of the jowls and lower face. The SMAS facelift technique is similar to the popular “Lifestyle Lift” and “Freedom Lift” in that all three techniques deal with tightening the tissues beneath your skin.
If Dr. Goldberg decides you are a good candidate for a mini facelift, which is also referred to as a “mid-facelift” or the “short scar” facelift technique, you can expect minimal to no scarring behind the ear and within the hairline. A mini facelift is performed very similarly to a full facelift, but uses a less invasive approach to tighten the deeper facial tissues. The cheeks are still lifted and tightened to minimize jowling, but aging in the neck is not usually addressed. Patients may benefit from this less extensive version of a facelift if they exhibit mild jowling and want to improve subtle signs of aging before they become too pronounced. Dr. Goldberg may perform a facelift under local anesthesia combined with sedation, or under general anesthesia. He will discuss your goals with you during your consultation and decide the best technique for your needs.
While no one can say for sure how long the effects will last, some patients have been known to enjoy the results for 10-15 years or more if they maintain excellent skin care, avoid smoking and sun damage, and engage in other beneficial habits. Dr. Goldberg uses some of the most advanced facelift techniques available, which are designed to provide longer-lasting results than many traditional methods. Additionally, occasional non-surgical cosmetic treatments, such as dermal fillers, can extend the outcome even longer for some people. You are welcome to ask Dr. Goldberg what you can do to get the most out of your procedure during your initial consultation, or at any time you’re meeting with him.
Any scars will be concealed within the hair and natural contours of the face and will fade gradually. In most cases, there will be a scar running from the temple around the ear to the lower scalp. Much of this scar will be hidden in the hairline. If a short scar technique is used, there should be minimal visible scarring, and most of the markings will be located in the hairline. In other instances, an incision will be made under the chin as well to address the neck area. The incisions will typically be positioned in such a way as to be as unnoticeable as possible. The location of the scars will vary slightly from person to person, depending on the technique used. Your individual treatment plan may vary, and Dr. Goldberg will discuss the details with you during your initial consultation.
The price of a facelift will depend on the technique used, the complexity of your case, and whether you’re combining additional treatments into your cosmetic plan. The average cost for facelift surgery is around $15,000, but this only represents one part of the total cost. The cost of anesthesiology and using operating room facilities will also be included in your total expenses. To help you become as well-informed as possible, we will provide an overview of all expected fees during your initial consultation based on your individual treatment plan. If you have any questions, we encourage you to discuss them with Dr. Goldberg. We understand that it is standard for patients to compare quotes from several plastic surgeons, and we recommend confirming what fees are included in any estimate.
Facelift surgery can be performed alone or in combination with other procedures, such as brow lift, eyelid lift, and cosmetic injectables, to obtain more comprehensive aesthetic enhancement. If you’re interested in expanding the beneficial effects of your treatment, Dr. Goldberg will discuss your options based on your evaluation and expressed wishes. In addition to correlative surgical procedures, many non-surgical treatments can also be used to enhance your outcome, including dermal fillers, laser skin resurfacing technology, and other techniques. Regardless of your goals, Dr. Goldberg can help guide you towards the optimal approach.
Many people believe a facelift is reserved for patients who are well into middle age or older, but the truth is there is no “best age” for a facelift. If you’re concerned with jowls, hanging skin, and/or wrinkles in the lower face that are causing you to look aged, a facelift is likely a good option for you to reclaim a more refreshed and youthful appearance. Since everyone ages at their own rate based on lifestyle factors, genetics, and the unique properties of their skin tissue, these signs of premature aging can develop in one’s thirties as much as their fifties. Dr. Goldberg has achieved beautiful facelift results for patients spanning a range of ages, so candidacy for the procedure usually depends more on whether you exhibit the appropriate concerns rather than your exact age.
For more information about Facelift surgery, call our office for a consultation at 866-481-5585.