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Our appearance will change as we age–it’s inevitable. There’s nothing wrong with this! It happens to all of us. However, for some people, loss of elasticity in the skin can cause serious issues with confidence and self-esteem. For others, they may look in the mirror and feel that their appearance doesn’t reflect who they really are. Read more below to learn about the facelift procedure and whether it might be a good fit for you.

What Is a Facelift?

A facelift is a surgical procedure that lets us rejuvenate the face by reducing looseness or sagging, creating a tighter, fresher look. This can address several cosmetic concerns of the face, including skin folds and loose skin around the jaw. This treatment isn’t designed to treat wrinkles or other skin-related concerns, but it can tackle more substantial structural concerns.

Brittany K. Eidson, DDS, FACS

Double-Board Certified Facial Cosmetic Surgeon

Dr. Brittany Eidson, DDS, FACS, is a highly accomplished Double-Board Certified Facial Cosmetic Surgeon and Fellowship-trained Cosmetic Surgeon. A Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Dr. Eidson co-founded TruForm Surgery.

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Who Is a Candidate for a Facelift?

Unfortunately, a facelift isn’t a good fit for everyone! This procedure is an option for patients who are looking to tighten the face after having lost elasticity. Ideal candidates should be in good health and should be willing to be open during consultation to make sure that their expectations are reasonable. We’ll go over your medical history to make sure that you don’t have any conditions that would make this procedure unsafe for you. We’ll also go over any general risks so you can make an informed decision.

What to Expect During a Facelift Procedure

Don’t worry–during your consultation, we’ll give you all the information you need so you can come to the surgery prepared. We’ll likely do an examination and take some pictures of your face. You might need to halt or alter certain medications you’re taking, especially blood thinners, to reduce the risk of any issues. Depending on the anesthesia you’re getting, you might need to stop eating for a set period of time before the surgery. Finally, make sure that someone is ready to drive you home and keep you comfortable.

Once you’ve been given anesthesia so you’re comfortable, we’ll go ahead and start the procedure. The type of incision we make will depend on the area we’re working on. After we’ve made precise cuts, we’ll raise the skin in the area to access the tissue underneath. We might remove or reposition fat, and we’ll maneuver your tissue and muscle to give you a tighter look. After the adjustments have been made, we’ll set your skin back in place and close the wounds. This procedure might take several hours to complete–perfection takes time!

Facelift Aftercare

We’ll give you a thorough recovery plan so you’ll know how to clean and take care of the area, as well as how and when to replace or remove your bandages. You’ll need to be prepared to limit activity for several weeks after the procedure, and you should keep your head elevated, even during rest. It’s normal for patients to experience pain, drainage, and swelling after the surgery. Contact us if pain can’t be managed at home. Ice packs can also be used to manage pain and swelling at home. You might be given small tubes to help with drainage, which will be removed at a later time. Try to avoid unnecessary contact with the area while you’re healing, and follow our care plan to make sure you can heal smoothly and enjoy your results!

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does a facelift last?

The duration of your facelift results will depend on your specific treatment and age. Most standard facelift patients experience 10-15 years of results.

What is the optimal age for a facelift?

The best age for a facelift is between 35 and 65 years old. Patients are typically between 45 to 50 years old. Since facelifts help preserve facial appearance, they are best when performed as the beginning signs of aging occur.

Who is not an ideal candidate for a facelift?

Individuals without flexible skin and those who are severely overweight are not the best candidates for a facelift. The best way to determine if a facelift is right for you is through a private consultation with one of our doctors.

Schedule a Consultation

The facelift procedure is one of our specialties. At TruForm Surgery, we take pride in our level of care and our ability to give patients long-lasting, seamless results. If you’re interested in learning more about the facelift procedure, contact us at our office in Brighton, MI.

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