Find Answers to Facelift Questions
If you are thinking about a facelift, you likely have a long list of questions. Here you will find answers to frequently asked facelift questions. Please contact us if you have any additional questions, or if you’d like to schedule a personal consultation.
At NuBody Concepts we define a facelift as a procedure to rejuvenate the lower face and upper neck, as opposed to the entire face. This is also called a standard face lift. Other areas of the face can benefit from different procedures, such as a brow lift to smooth wrinkles in your forehead, eyelid surgery to eliminate drooping eyelids and bags under your eyes, and a facial filler like Juvederm or fat transfer to fill in creases and lines around your nose and mouth.
Every patient has unique circumstances, and at NuBody Concepts we make sure to put together a procedure that best fits your needs. In our miniLift, we combine minimally-invasive techniques such as liposuction and laser and radio frequency technology with targeted surgery. Our goal is to ensure that you achieve the desired results while keeping your recovery time to a minimum. The less invasive the procedure, the faster your recovery. By using local anesthesia and IV sedation as needed we help you avoid a longer recovery. Depending on your circumstances, our miniLift can even be achieved without the placement of an IV but rather sedation by mouth.
Each patient is unique, and the type of facelift best suited to your needs depends on such factors as the signs of aging in your face and your skin elasticity. There isn’t really a hard and fast definition of a mini facelift. Generally, we define a lift of the neck and lower face as a standard facelift. A mini facelift is a more conservative facelift that results in smaller incisions and a faster recovery time than a regular or standard facelift. It is often performed on younger patients or as a follow-up on patients who’ve already had a facelift.
This should not be confused with our miniLift procedure. The miniLift is our version of a standard facelift, but uses a combination of surgery and less-invasive methods to ensure a faster recover.
It’s less important to give a name to your facelift than to make sure that your individual circumstances are taken into account. This can best be achieved in a personal consultation with your plastic surgeon.
Since a facelift turns back the clock to give you a younger appearance, you could argue that the results of a facelift are permanent. Ten years after your facelift, you will likely still look younger than you would have without a facelift. However, you might no longer be satisfied with your look ten years down the road and might opt for another facelift at that time.
How effective your facelift is and how fast you age afterwards also depends on other factors such as genetics, skin elasticity, the state of your skin before the facelift, and sun exposure, just to name a few.
After a facelift procedure it is common to experience some bruising and swelling so that your results will not be visible immediately. Depending on the level of invasiveness of your procedure, you can expect to see results anywhere from 1-3 weeks.
With the advantages of local anesthesia, IV sedation, and even sedation by mouth vs general anesthesia, it doesn’t take long to be back on your feet after a facelift. However, you can expect some bruising and swelling, meaning that you may need 3-7 days before you can go back to work, depending on the invasiveness of your procedure. Mild exercise can be resumed within 1-2 weeks, and strenuous exercise within 3-4 weeks. If you had stitches places as a part of your facelift, the incisions obviously take longer to heal and fade, but can typically be covered easily with makeup.
If you have had incisions as part of your facelift, the resulting scars can take 6 months to a year to fully fade. However, facelift scars are typically well-concealed around and behind the ears or in some cases under the chin. A good plastic surgeon will place your incisions in such a way that they are not visible.
Also, for the NuBody miniLife we use minimally-invasive techniques when possible, resulting in fewer surgical incisions.
No. As needed, our surgeons perform all procedures under local anesthesia combined with IV sedation to ensure your comfort throughout. This eliminates the potential risks associated with general anesthesia and also considerably speeds up your recovery.
A facelift – meaning a lift of the neck and lower face – can easily be combined with eyelid surgery and/or a brow lift, as well as injectable facial fillers.
Yes and no – it’s a matter of semantics. When we refer to a facelift, we refer to the lower 2/3 of the face, typically including the neck. A brow lift is a procedure that lifts the eyebrows and eliminates wrinkles on the forehead and between the eyes. It can, however, be combined with a facelift into one procedure.
A standard face lift is a procedure for the lower face and neck and typically doesn’t touch the eyes. However, you can combine a facelift with a brow lift or eyelid surgery. A brow lift is used to raise and/or arch the eyebrows and can also be used to eliminate a hooded upper eyelid. Eyelid surgery can be used to tighten the skin of the lower or upper eyelids.
For your convenience, our plastic surgeon can combine our miniLift – a standard facelift using surgical as well as minimally-invasive techniques – with any other facial rejuvenation surgery or treatment.
Typically, a facelift is a procedure that only lifts the lower face and/or neck. Other procedures such as eyelid surgery and forehead lifts can easily be combined with such a facelift to give your face an overall more youthful appearance.
A forehead lift and a brow lift are very similar in that a brow lift typically includes a lift of the forehead, but it can also be performed separately.
The most dramatic results from a facelift can typically be seen in the neck and jawline. If you have sagging jowls with a lot of excess skin around your jawline, you can expect to see the biggest difference in your side view with a slimmer neck and a gently curved linear jawline.
You can expect your facelift to last anywhere from 2-4 hours depending on what extra work you want to have done. It is an outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia combined with IV sedation as needed, allowing you to go home after your procedure (we ask that you have a driver to take you home).
As your skin ages, you will initially be able to stave off the effects with a combination of non-invasive treatments – Botox to erase fine lines and wrinkles, fillers like Juvederm and fat transfer to replace lost volume, and lasers to improve skin tone and texture. But once your skin and muscles begin to droop, it may be time for a facelift. This can occur at any age from 40-70. In general, facelifts are more effective when performed earlier rather than later, when your skin quality is still good, but when fillers alone can no longer make up for lost volume and when your jowls begin to droop.