As we age, gravity takes its most obvious toll on our faces. Over time, we all experience a loss of skin elasticity and muscle tone of the face and neck. If you have developed facial and neck wrinkles, deep creases between the base of your nose and the corners of your mouth (frequently referred to as “parentheses”), or the appearance of jowls, a facelift can help turn back the clock.
Dr. White prides herself on exceptional facelift results in the state-of-the-art Piper Outpatient Surgical Facility. Dr. White carefully and skillfully creates a more rested and youthful contour to the face and neck, with results that range from subtle to dramatic, depending upon your personal preferences.
Facelift Procedure Information
Facelifts vary in size from “mini” to “standard,” depending on location and extent of skin laxity. The “mini” facelift concentrates on the lower face and upper neck only. The “full” facelift improves the lower face and entire neck for those with more excess skin on the neck. The facelift operation is done under general anesthesia with an overnight stay in a private room at the Virginia Piper Outpatient Surgery Facility. Incisions are typically made within the hairline (or along the hair margin) above the ear, extending down around the lobe and ending in or below the hairline behind the ear. The subcutaneous layers and neck muscles are then tightened, the facial skin is redraped and lifted, and the excess skin is removed.
After surgery, you remain overnight for maximum comfort and observation by highly skilled professional nurses. Dr. White will see you the following morning and place you in a lighter dressing. Minimal initial discomfort after you are discharged is easily controlled with oral medication. Sutures are removed within 7 days. Bruising and swelling decrease to “socially acceptable” levels in 10 to 20 days. The results of a facelift procedures are evident in 4 to 6 weeks or sooner, with continued improvement to the final result several months.
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A facelift is considered cosmetic and is therefore not covered by insurance.
The very final results of your facelift surgery are not seen until 6 months or even a year, as the expectedly resolution of numbness and last traces of swelling are completed.
The specific risks and the suitability of facelift (rhytidectomy) procedure can be determined only during your consultation with Scottsdale plastic surgeon Dr. White. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk, although major complications are unusual.