A facelift (rhytidectomy) is an extremely rewarding cosmetic surgery procedure that can correct the visible effects of aging on the mid and lower portions of the face by vanishing wrinkles, tightening underlying tissues, and removing excess fat on the face, jowls, jaw, and neck. Though a facelift won’t halt the aging process, it can reset the clock by returning you to a more youthful appearance.
What is a facelift?
A face lift (rhytidectomy) is a plastic surgery procedure designed to smooth and firm the skin, providing a fresh, youthful facial appearance. A face lift removes excess fat and sagging skin that has lost elasticity from the lower portion of the face, jaw line, and neck. A face lift can also improve the appearance of wrinkles or excess skin on the cheeks and neck, softening jowls and creating a more well-defined jaw line.
Though a face lift can correct the sagging of your skin, it won’t improve the texture of your skin. For this reason, Dr. Louis Iorio provides an array of facial rejuvenation therapies, clinical facials, and cosmetic injectables to help you attain a healthy, more youthful facial appearance. Performed as a sole cosmetic treatment or in conjunction with other facial cosmetic procedures, a face lift by Dr. Iorio can help create a new, younger-looking you.
What are the benefits of a facelift?
Many patients consider a facelift to correct any combination of the following conditions:
- Sagging skin, muscles, and fat in the face and neck
- Excess skin and fat on the neck
- Sagging jaw line
- Crease lines along the nose, mouth, and chin
Patients may also want to consider eyelid surgery or other facial plastic surgery procedures to further enhance the results of their facelift.
How is a facelift performed?
Since there are several different ways a face lift can be performed, Dr. Iorio will discuss the procedure that’s best for you when you come in for a consultation. Generally during the procedure, Dr. Iorio will contract and realign facial and neck skin, and sometimes remove excess fat deposits.
Face lifts usually involve making small incisions just inside the hairline, following the contour in front of the ear, and continuing under the earlobe to the backside of the ear and to the lower scalp.
As a part of the face lift surgery, Dr. Iorio will separate tissue and fat deposits, stretch and tighten the skin, and remove any excess skin. The same procedure will be used on the neckline if cosmetic surgery is desired there. Following the surgery, the incisions will be closed with small stitches, clips, or staples that minimize the chance of scarring.
A face lift at Iorio Plastic Surgery & Medspa may take several hours or longer depending on whether other cosmetic procedures are completed at the same time.
What happens after a facelift?
After the facelift surgery is complete, bruising or swelling may occur for several days. Though post-surgery pain is usually minimal, we will prescribe oral medication for pain relief if needed.
The stitches, clips, or staples are usually removed within a week, and most patients return to work within 10 days to 2 weeks following a facelift. The results of a facelift can last for many years, depending upon your age at the time of surgery.
Turn Back the Hands of Time with a Face Lift
Talk to Dr. Iorio about his face lift techniques and which one is right for you. Simply request a consultation by calling Iorio Plastic Surgery & Medspa at (732) 780-9191 for Colts Neck, New Jersey or (732) 458-7400 for Holmdel, New Jersey or Brick, New Jersey. You can also request an appointment online at your convenience.