Facelift at a Glance
There are many variations on a facelift — the so-called mini-lift, short scar facelift and weekend lift to name a few. The names may sound similar, but the procedures are not. The thorough consultation you have with your doctor will reveal what type of procedure will give you the results you’re seeking.
Other related surgeries may be considered to achieve your desired look, such as eyelid lifts or liposuction to help remove excess fat from under the chin and neck.
Length of surgery: 3-6 hours
Length of recovery: 1 to 2 weeks, though it may take several months before you feel fully recovered and all swelling has subsided
Facelift vs. Instalift
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Frequently Asked Questions
The specific technique for a facelift can vary depending on the individual’s needs and goals. Generally, incisions are made in inconspicuous locations, such as around the ears and possibly along the hairline. The surgeon then lifts and repositions the underlying facial tissues, removes excess skin, and may also perform fat grafting or other procedures to restore volume and achieve the desired results.
There are several kinds of facelifts available depending on the result you’re looking for. A full facelift is the most comprehensive option, but there are also mini facelifts (sometimes referred to as “weekend lifts”) that have more limited incisions and thread lifts, which are a non-surgical option for those still unsure about surgery.
Anesthesia is administered during the procedure, so you won’t be in pain. Any discomfort faced after the procedure can be treated using over-the-counter pain medication and cold compresses.