If you are interested in the most effective, long-term facial rejuvenation results, then a face lift may be right for you. A face lift works deep below the surface of your skin, creating a more youthful facial appearance that lasts many years. Face lifts are sometimes combined with other aesthetic facial procedures or non-surgical treatments for optimal results. Our oculoplastic surgeons are experienced in various face lift techniques and can help you decide if the procedure can accomplish your cosmetic goals. To schedule a greater Philadelphia-area face lift consultation, please call Morgenstern Center for Orbital and Facial Plastic Surgery at (610) 687.8771.
Find out all about your face lift procedure:
- How a Face Lift Restores Youthfulness
- Signs a Face Lift is Right For You
- Types of Face Lift Surgery
- Short Scar Face Lift
- S Lift
- Deep Plane Lift
- Preparing for Downtime After Surgery
- What to Expect After Your Face Lift
- Choosing to Invest in Your Confidence and Wellbeing
- Our Affordability Options
- Contact Our Plastic Surgeon
How a Face Lift Restores Youthfulness
If you are experiencing any of the signs you may benefit from a face lift, our facial surgeons can help you decide if it will meet your expectations. Face lifts have dramatic rejuvenation results that look natural because the procedure tightens tissue beneath your skin, and removes loose, extra skin and fat. This procedure can soften many signs of aging, such as:
- Sagging skin in the lower two-thirds of the face
- Jowling along the jaw
- Folds extending from the corners of your nose to your mouth
- Descended cheeks
- Loose skin falling beneath the chin
This procedure makes your skin look firmer and smoother. The contours of your face will be better defined, including the contour of your jaw line. A number of studies have shown that patients continue to look several years younger for a long time after face lift surgery. Although this surgery cannot stop the aging process, it does restore a younger facial appearance than you would have otherwise. You will experience facial sagging and wrinkles in the years after your face lift surgery, but it will not be to the extent that it would have been if you had not had a face lift.
Signs a Face Lift is Right For You
Are you unhappy with the way your face has aged? If so, there are numerous facial rejuvenation options available to you, including certain non-surgical treatments. A face lift is a longstanding procedure that has been developed into multiple technique to more closely meet your goals and expectations. Face lift surgery may be a good option for you if any of the following apply:
- You are dissatisfied with wrinkles, lines and folds on your face.
- You are unhappy with the sagging, drooping quality of the skin on your face.
- You want to restore more youthful facial characteristics.
- You have jowls hanging from your jaw line.
- The fat pads on your cheeks have descended.
- You have a double chin from drooping skin.
- Skin is sagging in the lower two-thirds of your face.
If any of these conditions apply to you, then rhytidectomy can restore a younger appearance by removing and tightening loose skin, fat and muscle in your face.
How do you know it's right for You?
The only way to know for sure is to visit an experienced face lift surgeon. After discussing what you want to change and learning about all of your options, you will then feel more confident in choosing the rejuvenation procedures that work for you.
Indications that rhytidectomy could be right for you include:
- You have realistic expectations of what the procedure can accomplish and what it cannot accomplish.
- You want to turn back the clock on the signs of aging.
- You want results that are long-term.
This type of facial rejuvenation makes you look years younger for many years in the future. But it is important to know that a face lift cannot stop the aging process.
Types of Face Lift Surgery
There are many different face lift techniques that skilled surgeons can utilize during face lift surgery. These techniques have different outcomes and recoveries, and allow surgeons to customize the procedure to the patient, producing the results you expect. Our surgeons and professional staff will also be helping you with the planning for your face lift recovery. Dr. Morgenstern and Dr. Giacometti perform the three main types of face lift surgery:
- Short-scar face lift
- S lift
- Deep plane face lift
These techniques differ by where the incisions are located, and by the extent to which tissues are repositioned, removed and tightened. A certain technique will be used depending on the extent of skin sagging and the specific areas you want to rejuvenate. In your personalized consultation with one of our facial surgeons, you will discuss what you would like to change about your face, and which face lift techniques can accomplish your facial rejuvenation goals, as well as the cost and investment in face lift surgery.
Short Scar Face Lift
When you come in for a consultation, you may well be happy with your overall appearance, but have one or two things you would like to fix, like prominent jowls or a jawline that has become just a bit too soft. A short scar face lift, in addition to minimizing the facial incisions the surgeon makes, allows you to fix these
Benefits of a short scar face lift include:
- Shorter recovery than a traditional face lift
- Removes jowls and tightens the chin and jawline
- A minimally-invasive procedure that offers subtle results
- Fewer scars that are easier for the surgeon to hide
A short scar face lift will not be as transformative as a full face lift, but you may find that is a good thing. You may find that people who know you will mention that you look "well rested," or ask if you've lost weight, but won't suspect that you've had surgery.
While the results of a short scar lift focus mostly on the lower face and jawline, you may find that the procedure doesn't do enough to tighten your neck. If you have a good deal of excess neck skin, you may want to consider an S-Lift, which uses the same incision as a short scar lift, but brings it further down the neck. This allows the surgeon to better tighten the skin underneath your jaw.
Benefits of an S-Lift face lift include:
- Limited incisions improve your recovery time
- Gives your neck and lower face a consistent look
- Can remove "turkey wattle" or reduce a double chin
- Noticeable results with minimal invasiveness
While you may grimace at the sight of wrinkles in the corners of your eyes or nose, the first major signs of aging tend to come from the broad, smooth parts of your face: the forehead, the cheeks, and the neck. S-Lift procedures address two of these areas, allowing you to benefit from a facelift while minimizing your recovery time.
Deep Plane Face Lift
If you are anything like the average face lift patient, your biggest concern about the procedure is how long it will last. This makes sense: if you get a major facial surgery done, you don't want to be back in the operating room a few years later. A deep plane face lift addresses these concerns by tightening several layers of skin and facial muscle, allowing for more transformative, longer-lasting results.
Benefits of a deep plane face lift include:
- Makes you look younger while preserving your natural look
- Smooths your whole face, not just the lower part
- Incisions are hidden beneath your hairline
- Long-lasting results
If the face you see in the mirror every morning has started to look more like your parent's than your own, if you find yourself staring at wrinkles and wishing they would go away, the deep plane face lift is for you. This surgery allows you to age more gracefully, all while preserving your face's expressiveness and highlighting your natural beauty. Face lifts can be combined with a neck lift for truly transformative results.
Preparing for Downtime after Surgery
Well in advance of your surgical appointment, our staff will have provided you with all the instructions you need to have a successful recovery. These instructions typically include:
- Keep your head elevated to reduce swelling and bruising
- Do not exercise strenuously or lift anything heavy for the first few weeks
- Do not wash your hair or face in the shower until your surgeon has cleared it
- Avoid alcohol and smoking, which delay healing
If you are prescribed pain medications, you will have filled your prescription ahead of time. Our cosmetic facial surgeons and our staff will make sure you do not have any more questions about your recovery and we will provide you with contact information should you have any questions during your recovery period.
Some patients combine their face lift with liposuction, CO2 laser, browlift, neck lift or eyelid surgery. Such surgical combinations may or may not influence your recovery experience. Combining procedures could mean you will have a little additional swelling in various areas of your face.
What to Expect After Your Face Lift
Our patients are released to go home the same day as their surgery. Everyone has a slightly different experience of recovery, and influencing factors include what type of face lift was performed.
You will have previously arranged for someone to drive you home after the surgery. Our patients find it very helpful to have a spouse, family member or friend stay with them for at least 24 hours to provide assistance to allow you to rest. You should also prepare for your recovery before your surgery day by making ready your home. Get a comfy spot prepared with pillows, blankets, music, movies or anything else to help you rest and relax. Get all your meals planned for ahead of time.
You can expect swelling after your procedure. The swelling is most pronounced for the first 24 to 48 hours. After a week, a lot of the swelling should go down. Some amount of subtle swelling may persist for several weeks. By six weeks most people can already see an amazing difference showing off a more youthful and natural look. Over the next several months to a year, your tissues will continue to heal and a fully healed and youthful appearance will be finalized.
Choosing to Invest in your Confidence and Wellbeing
Although face lift surgery comes at a monetary cost, you must consider the non-economic value of the procedure as well as the value of the facial plastic surgeons performing it. At Morgenstern Center, we want each of our patients to feel confident, attractive and youthful. Our greater Philadelphia facial surgeons are personally committed to helping you achieve these outcomes by providing the final aesthetic result you have in mind.
We believe the values of face lift surgery and other facial procedures include:
- Enhanced self-confidence
- Increased confidence in work and social life
- Renewed youthful appearance
Our experienced and compassionate oculo-facial plastic surgeons have the knowledge, training, skills and personal commitment to you to provide outstanding final results. Our advanced face lift options are offered in our state-of-the-art facilities and elegant office.
Our Affordability Options
We have an experienced Patient Coordinator who is excited to meet you and help you navigate through next steps after your consultation. Although face lift surgery is considered cosmetic by insurance companies and is therefore not covered under most types of policies, we can explain all of your payment options.
Financing: With third-party financing, you can apply for a loan to help you fund face lift surgery. Our facial plastic surgery practice provides financing options through CareCredit. If you qualify for one of their plans, CareCredit provides you with a credit card to use for health and beauty expenses, including face lifts and other cosmetic surgeries. Visit their website to learn about their plans, interest rates, and terms and conditions. At your consultation, our Patient Coordinator can point out which specific CareCredit plans we accept.
Contact Our Plastic Surgeon for Your Face Lift
If you live in or around Philadelphia, Main Line, Wayne or King of Prussia and to know about face lift surgery and whether you are a good candidate for the procedure, please contact Morgenstern Center for Orbital and Facial Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation with experienced oculoplastic and facial cosmetic surgeons Dr. Ken Morgenstern and Dr. Joseph Giacometti. Call us at (610) 687.8771.