A facelift is a plastic surgery procedure that refreshes and rejuvenates the face. As gravity and aging take their toll, wrinkles and lines start to form, and facial skin begins to sag. Facelift surgery lifts and tightens the facial tissues to correct skin sagging, remove displaced fat, and smooth out wrinkles to restore a dramatically more youthful appearance.
Facelift surgery does not stop aging in its tracks, but it can reverse many visible signs of aging. The procedure directly improves the appearance of skin sagging, wrinkles, deep creases, sagging jowls, and loss of muscle tone. Through the correction of each of these issues with facelift surgery, your skin will look smoother and tighter, and your face will take on a more youthful appearance.
With older facelift techniques, patients sometimes end up with a windswept appearance primarily because the older techniques only tighten the skin and fail to adjust the underlying facial tissues. Dr. Schlechter uses current, innovative facelift techniques that address the skin, muscles, fat pockets, and all underlying tissues. Through this procedure, Dr. Schlechter adjusts all the tissues of the face to provide results that look natural.
Increased skin laxity caused by facial aging leads to poor facial definition. Sagging jowls can hide the jawline and blur the lines that created facial attractiveness in youth. The facelift procedure tightens the facial tissues and redistributes the skin and fat so that the lines and contours of the face are more defined and youthful.
It can be galling to look in the mirror and feel uncomfortable with your appearance, especially when you look older than you feel. This discomfort with yourself can limit your self-confidence and affect how you interact with others. Facelift surgery provides facial rejuvenation that can help you feel confident when you see yourself in the mirror. This confidence can transform your perspective on life and positively influence your interactions with those around you.
Men can benefit greatly from undergoing facelift surgery with Dr. Schlechter. With his thorough understanding of male anatomy, Dr. Schlechter can remove sagging skin and tighten the underlying tissues to rejuvenate your appearance. Recognizing your desire for minimal scarring and natural-looking results, Dr. Schlechter carefully places all incisions so that they are as inconspicuous as possible. A facelift by Dr. Schlechter can provide the following benefits:
Facelift surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure using local anesthesia and intravenous sedation. Dr. Schlechter will first make incisions behind the hairline that begin in the temporal area, extend around and behind the ear, and end at the hairline at the back of the head. He will then carefully lift the skin away from the face and tighten the underlying tissues and muscles. Dr. Schlechter will also remove excess skin and fat to improve your facial contours. Finally, he will reposition the skin and use absorbable sutures to close the incisions. Dr. Schlechter also treats the neck as part of the procedure to remove the banding and loose skin that occurs with aging.
Everyone in the office always makes you feel welcomed and special. Communication is good…all questions are answered. My face lift surgery went great, and my expectations were met. I would definitely recommend Dr. Schlechter to anyone of my friends’ family and whoever!! Thank you again for giving my spirit of confidence a lift. – SB
Dr. Schlechter and his staff are experts, professionals, and friendly. I felt I could contact him or the staff at any time with questions or concerns before and after my facelift and rhinoplasty. The day of the procedure, I was made to feel very comfortable and prepared. The surgery went well, and I am happy with my results. – DL, a very pleased patient
Facelift candidates must have good health with no bleeding disorders or illnesses. They must avoid smoking and have relatively good skin quality. Candidates must also have realistic expectations and recognize that while facelift surgery will reduce many signs of aging, the aging process will continue after the procedure.
Facelift surgery can last up to three to four hours. Dr. Schlechter takes meticulous care while performing the surgery to produce the best results.
Facelift patients will have scars after the procedure; however, the scars are virtually imperceptible after the areas mature. On a rare occasion, a patient may have a noticeable scar.
Dr. Schlechter often combines facelift surgery with a neck lift, eyelid surgery, and/or brow lift for complete facial rejuvenation. If you wish to undergo multiple facial procedures, Dr. Schlechter can help you determine which procedures will help you achieve your aesthetic goals.
One of the purposes of facelift surgery is to correct loose skin and fat pockets. In many cases, facelift surgery can correct a double chin by improving skin tightness in the jowl area and removing the fatty deposits that create a double chin.
Facelift surgery tightens the skin but does not improve skin texture. Facelift patients who would also like to improve their skin texture can combine the facelift with laser skin rejuvenation (also known as laser skin resurfacing). Laser skin resurfacing can be done typically after three to four months after the facelift procedure. The area around the mouth and lower eyelids may be lasered during the facelift procedure.
For the first night after surgery, your face will be bandaged. The bandage is removed the next day. Over the following few weeks, you may experience swelling, discomfort, bruising, numbness, and dry facial skin. Medications can help resolve discomfort, and cold compresses can help reduce swelling and bruising. Patients are usually ready to resume normal activities within two or three weeks after facelift surgery. Swelling may persist for several weeks, and numbness may continue for several months. Once the tissues have healed enough, you may use a moisturizer to manage dry skin.
Older techniques and inexperienced surgeons have led to a windswept appearance for some facelift patients. However, Dr. Schlechter is highly experienced and uses current techniques to lift and reposition the underlying tissues as well as the skin. Your results from facelift surgery with Dr. Schlechter will not cause you to look windblown or “operated on” but will help you look natural and youthful.
The cost of your facelift will depend on your specific anatomy and surgery. Please see our Plastic Surgery Procedure Pricing Guide for more information.