A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is plastic surgery procedure performed with the goal of creating a more youthful facial appearance. It usually involves the removal of excess facial skin, with or without the tightening of underlying tissues, and the redraping of the skin on the face and/or neck.
Anesthesia type: General or Local
Facility type: Outpatient surgery center or in-office surgical suite
Recovery time: 1-2 weeks to be socially acceptable, 4-6 weeks full recovery
What to expect during recovery: Swelling, bruising, itching and redness along incisions, temporary loss of sensation around surgical area, tingling near the ears, asymmetric healing from one side of the face to the other, pain ranging in degree, tenderness, restricted mouth movement due to swelling, restricted range of motion when turning your head from side to side.
Deciding to have a facelift –
If you are considering a facelift, read through this section to become educated on the procedure, then call our office to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Hurvitz at his Long Beach, CA. office. During your visit, let Dr. Hurvitz know what bothers you about your face and how you would like to change it. This will help him gain an understanding of your aesthetic goals. Dr. Hurvitz will examine your face to determine which procedure or combination of procedures will obtain the best results, followed by explaining how these specific changes will enhance your appearance. He will also let you know if your expectations are realistic and achievable. Keep in mind, it is very important to be realistic about your expectations, as there is no such thing as obtaining a perfect result. However, with Dr. Hurvitz’s expertise and vast experience in facial rejuvenation, you can rest assured the outcome will be natural, refreshed, and take years of your appearance. During your consultation Dr. Hurvitz will also review your overall health and discuss with you the risks, recovery time, and costs involved. All of this information will help you decide whether having a facelift is right for you.
About facelift surgery –
Facelift surgery has gained immense popularity over the past decade. Many of Dr. Hurvitz’s patients reside in Southern California and live a very active, youthful lifestyle. For this reason, he consults with a large number of both men and women seeking facial rejuvenation who want to look as young as they feel.
Not only has facelift surgery increased in demand, but modern advances in techniques have allowed facelift surgeons, such as Dr. Hurvitz, to offer patients more options for rejuvenating their face. The primary difference between the facelifts performed decades ago and the more common facelifts of today is in the approach of addressing facial aging. Plastic surgeons used to solely perform a complete facelift. This type of facelift addressed every aspect of the face, neck and eyes by combining every possible procedure into one surgery. This was very invasive, risky, and required a lengthy and painful recovery. Today, plastic surgeons such as Dr. Hurvitz, have adopted a more customized approach for correcting facial aging. He breaks the face down into areas.
Upper Face: forehead, brow, upper eyes
Mid Face: temple, cheeks, lower eyes
Lower Face: nasal labial folds, lower cheeks, jawline, mouth, chin
Neck: lower jawline, neck, chest
During the consultation, Dr. Hurvitz will examine each area above and determine which one (or combination of areas) will benefit most from surgery. The facelift procedure most commonly performed, by Dr. Hurvitz at his Long Beach practice, is the lower facelift with neck lift. This is because the signs of aging tend to first show in the nasal label folds, around the sides of the mouth, and along the jaw and neck line. In the early stages of aging fillers such as Juvederm, Voluma, Radiesse, and Restylane can provide some relief from fine lines and wrinkles. As aging continues there becomes a point where fillers can longer do the trick and more drastic measures need to be considered. This is when a facelift becomes the most viable option for treating fine lines, wrinkles, skin laxity, volume loss and more.
With today’s advances and a more conservative customized approach to addressing facial aging, patients now how the option of choosing between having their surgery performed in-office under local anesthesia or under general anesthesia at an outpatient surgical facility. There are some instances where one anesthesia option over another is preferred or required by Dr. Hurvitz. Often times if multiple procedures are being combined into one surgery, it is best to have the surgery under general anesthesia. This will be discussed in greater detail during the consultation.
Here is a list of procedures frequently combined with a facelift –
- Upper eyelid surgery
- Lower eyelid surgery
- Brow lift
- Temple lift
- Fat transfer (to replace lost volume)
- Chin implant
- Neck lift
- Platysmaplasty (tightening of the muscle bands in the neck)