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Facelift (Rhytidectomy) - MACS Full or Partial Facelift – Vienna, VA

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About Facelift Surgery

As the years pass, you may begin to notice signs of aging that cause you to appear older than you really are. If you would like to regain a more youthful facial appearance, you may be interested in undergoing facelift surgery at Widder Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery Center in Vienna, VA, with board-certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Shlomo Widder. This procedure is designed to help restore a younger-looking facial appearance. However, depending on your aesthetic needs and profile, a full or partial facelift technique may be used.

During these techniques, incisions are made along the temporal hairline and the sideburns. The incision then continues behind the cartilage of the ear. This enables the scar to blend in with the natural hairline, making it almost invisible. Based on the amount of sagging present, 2 – 3 sutures are used to reposition the deeper layers of tissue to a higher position. Excess skin is then excised. The results produce a revitalized facial profile.

Best Candidates

While facelifts are generally reserved for older adults, the common age range for patients is between 50 – 70. Younger patients may opt for a brow lift or a neck lift, or possibly a mid-facelift before considering a full facelift procedure. In addition, there are numerous nonsurgical procedures that can help delay surgery, such as BOTOX®, fillers, laser treatments, and nonsurgical skin tightening. If your skin laxity is in poor condition, if you are older in age, and have droopy features that a nonsurgical approach cannot treat, it is safe to say that a facelift may be a suitable procedure for you. On average, a facelift will allow you to look 5 – 10 years younger.

What to Expect

Today's facelift surgeries are much different than in the past. There are numerous techniques used, depending on the age of the patient, as well as the condition of the skin, and amount of laxity. Some techniques address the skin's surface only, while others go deeper into the underlying tissues. In addition, a full facelift will address the entire face, while a forehead lift, cheek lift, or neck lift, addresses the top, middle, and/or bottom sections alone. Some of the more common variations are Skin Only, SMAS Facelift, Deep Plane Lift.

Other Considerations

  • Skin only

Also known as a cutaneous facelift, this facelift procedure is less invasive due to the fact that it addresses the skin only. The recovery is much quicker and the results are a bit more subtle than some of the other more invasive facelift procedures. Scarring is minimal as it is placed in the hairline just near the temple. This particular facelift offers the lowest risk to patients. 

  • SMAS facelift

This is considered a traditional facelift approach, which in many cases is the gold standard for facelift surgery. It is a process that goes beneath the superficial layer of skin and manipulates a group of muscles known as the superficial musculo-aponeurotic system (SMAS). This surgery does garner more dramatic results with a longer recovery period. The incision is placed along the hairline from behind the earlobe to the temple so that the skin can be separated and lifted. Once the facial structures are in their new position, sutures are used to tighten, and secure the skin for a natural appearance.

  • Deep plane lift

The deep plane lift is appropriate for older patients with severe sagging and drooping. Facial cosmetic surgeons who are experienced in facelift surgery can create natural results even though this is the most invasive of all facelift procedures. This procedure goes deeper than the other approaches and adjusts the tissues and muscles so that deeper wrinkles can be addressed. Loose skin is removed and pulled gently tight for a rejuvenated appearance.

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Recovery Time  
3 Weeks
Average Procedure Time  
4 – 4.5 Hours
Post-op Follow-up  
3 Months
Procedure Recovery Location  
Outpatient
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Natural-Looking Revitalization

If you miss seeing the youthful face that reflects your energy and confidence, a facelift can help to make you look natural, but revitalized. Using different surgical methods and advanced techniques based on your needs and goals, a subtle facelift can help you look the way you feel. Contact our office to learn more about facelift surgery and schedule your consultation.

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