Common Questions About Facelift
What is a facelift? What does a facelift do?
A facelift is a surgical procedure used to tighten and reposition the skin and deep soft tissues of the cheeks, jawline, and neck to give a more youthful appearance. There are a variety of approaches and techniques, but Dr. Ransom offers a specialized deep plane facelift. This technique involves lifting the muscle and connective tissue layers along with the skin, providing the most natural-appearing rejuvenation possible and helping to avoid the windswept or overly-pulled look typically associated with obvious facelifts.
How does a facelift work?
A surgical facelift safely releases the skin and connective tissues in the patient’s neck and face, lifting and then securing them in a more youthful position. Other things that may be done include tightening of the neck muscles (platysma) and removal of excess fat under the chin or in the neck. Dr. Ransom likes to say that a good facelift undoes decades of gravity in only a few hours.
When is it time to get a facelift?
Time and gravity affect us all differently, so there is no specific or “best” age for a facelift. Some patients have the kind of laxity in their skin, or fatty deposits in their neck, that would justify a facelift in their 40s, but others can go deep into their 60s before those changes are even noticeable. The most common age to begin seriously looking at a facelift is in the mid-to-late 50s. However, the most important factor in making the decision to get a facelift is whether you feel it’s the right time in your life. A facelift requires time for healing and careful attention to the healing process, it’s best done when you have the time to commit yourself to that endeavor.
Are there non-surgical options?
Dr. Ransom offers a variety of non-surgical techniques for patients who would like some of the benefits of a facelift, but either are not ready or are unable to have surgery. He offers non-surgical tightening through radiofrequency energy treatments and micro-needling, as well as fillers, Botox and medical grade skin care treatments. To make sure that his patients have as many options as possible, either before, in place of, or to go along with surgical procedures, Dr. Ransom will review all your options during your consultation.
When can I return to work after a facelift? How long is recovery?
Although it varies between patients, many people return to work after about ten days. Some patients go back as quickly as within a week. However, since there is a good amount of healing involved, we encourage patients to take as much time as possible.
Are there scars left by a facelift?
A facelift does require an incision, but Dr. Ransom carefully hides this in the hairline and natural grooves around the ears, making it virtually undetectable after healing.
How long does a facelift last?
The changes from the facelift surgery are permanent, but the body does continue to age. Studies show that the aesthetic impact of a good facelift is about 10 years in estimated age. For some patients, it may last even longer.