Environmental factors (including sun exposure, smoking, smog, etc.) and the aging process can cause skin that was once smooth and tight to become loose and begin to sag.
Dr. Thomas Lintner, one of the region’s most skilled and caring cosmetic surgeons, offers facelift procedures that are suited to our patients’ individual needs.
- What Is a Facelift?
- Facelift Candidates
- Best Age for a Facelift
- The Facelift Procedure
- Facelift Results
- Facelift Recovery
- Facelift Complications
- Facelift Scars
- Facelift Cost
- Facelift Without Surgery
- Facelift Alternatives
What Is a Facelift?
Facelift surgery is a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure designed to rejuvenate one’s appearance by reducing or eliminating wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin in the lower two-thirds or the face, as well as the upper neck area. This is often referred to as a “full facelift,” and typically produces more natural-looking results, since sections of skin on both the face and neck are tightened and re-draped.
For some younger patients, a mid-face lift and/or cosmetic injectables may be recommended by Dr. Lintner. These facial rejuvenation techniques are less invasive and involve a shorter recovery time. Dr. Lintner will only recommend these alternative procedures if he believes the results will look natural.
Whichever procedure that Dr. Lintner suggests, you can be assured that the recommendation is based on a careful, personalized assessment of facial structure and the condition of the skin on the face and neck. Dr. Lintner wants to produce facelift results that not only make him proud, but also make you happy!
Who Is a Good Candidate for Facelift Surgery?
Dr. Lintner can reduce the signs of aging and smooth facial skin with results that look natural and beautiful. Ideal candidates for this procedure typically include individuals who:
- Want to reduce signs of wrinkles and/or sagging skin on the face and neck
- Are in good overall health
- Do not smoke (or have quit smoking at least two weeks prior to treatment with no intention to resume)
- Have realistic expectations of what facelift surgery can accomplish
- Are close to their ideal weight (if significant weight is lost after the procedure, results can be affected)
In a consultation with Dr. Lintner, he can assess each patient’s unique needs, answer any questions they may have, and help to determine if they are a good candidate for this procedure. Dr. Lintner prides himself on putting the needs of his patients above all else, so if a facelift isn’t the best way to address your concerns, he will recommend an alternative treatment that is more appropriate.
What Is the Best Age for Facelift Surgery?
Although it is common for patients to be curious about the right time to consider a facelift, there is no specific age that is regarded as “best.” The appropriate time to think about the procedure depends on certain factors, such as genetics, lifestyle choices, sun exposure, and health history. Depending on these variables, the rate at which facial skin ages can differ quite a bit from one person to another. Essentially, two people of the same age may not both be ideal for the procedure. To get a better idea of whether or not facelift surgery is right for you, it is best to consult with an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Lintner works with each of his patients to find a treatment that best addresses their concerns. If he feels that a facelift is more extensive than necessary to accomplish your unique aesthetic goals, he may recommend non-surgical facial rejuvenation options, like BOTOX® Cosmetic and/or dermal fillers.
Dr. Lintner and his staff made me feel very relaxed and confident in them. I will definitely recommend them.
G.A. Facelift Patient, Woodstock GA
How Is the Facelift Procedure Performed?
Dr. Lintner customizes each facelift surgery based on the goals discussed during the consultation. During facelift surgery, small incisions are typically made along the hairline and around the ears. Facial tissues and muscles are then gently tightened, and the skin is carefully re-draped. Excess skin is trimmed and removed. The procedure typically takes about four hours. For the utmost safety, Dr. Lintner admits his facelift patients for 23-hour cosmetic observation in the hospital before releasing them home to the care of a family member or friend.
How Long Do Facelift Results Last?
Although the longevity of facelift results can vary slightly, depending on factors such as skin quality and the surgical method employed, patients typically retain their initial outcome for many years. Maintaining a regular skin care routine that involves a moisturizer, daily sunscreen, and other skin health products can often extend the lifetime of your results. Refraining from smoking can also be extremely beneficial.
It is common for patients to notice some minor changes to their results after approximately ten or more years, but these effects can often be addressed with non-surgical treatments such as BOTOX® Cosmetic or other cosmetic injectables.
What Is Facelift Recovery Like?
Following facelift surgery, there will likely be swelling and bruising, as well as some discomfort. However, Dr. Lintner takes great care to conduct surgery in a way that results in minimal bruising. Any post-operative pain can usually be alleviated with oral medication. Many patients are able to see noticeable improvement in their appearance in as little as five days, but final results may not be apparent for several weeks. Strenuous activity should be avoided for at least four weeks, but patients can typically return to their daily routines after about ten days. Any resulting scars should be almost undetectable, since the incisions are carefully placed to be well-hidden along the hairline and ears. Once healing is complete, scars will fade and the skin should be smoother, firmer, and more youthful-looking.
Are There Any Complications Associated with Facelift Surgery?
Facelift surgery can be considered safe when performed by an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon; regardless, there is still a degree of risk involved with any type of surgery. Although extremely rare, some complications that could occur with facelift surgery include:
- Unfavorable scarring
- Nerve damage
- Skin necrosis
To minimize the chance of potential complications, Dr. Lintner conducts a thorough examination of his patients and their health history, prior to surgery. Additionally, he provides patients with detailed pre- and post-surgical instructions to ensure an ideal outcome. Individuals who smoke are often at a higher risk of developing complications after surgery, so Dr. Lintner advises patients to quit smoking at least four to six weeks prior to surgery, ideally with the intention of never resuming the habit.
What Will My Facelift Scars Look Like?
The exact length and location of facelift scars can differ, based on your individual treatment plan. During surgery, Dr. Lintner takes great care to place incisions in a way that will result in discreet scars that are typically unnoticeable, once healed.
Facelift incisions are frequently made within or along the hairline, ultimately helping ensure that resulting scars can easily be hidden. Certain patients may also have a scar that extends down along the natural crease behind the ear, but due to its location, this type of scarring is also quite inconspicuous. Carefully following the aftercare instructions provided by Dr. Lintner can encourage proper healing and help scars fade successfully.
How Much Does a Facelift Cost?
The cost of facelift surgery can vary, due to the fact that Dr. Lintner creates a highly customized treatment plan for each patient, but the average price is generally around $11,000 (not including complementary procedures such as eyelid surgery or brow lift). This price quote may differ from other results you have seen online, but this is likely because most plastic surgery pricing information available online is only representative of the surgeon’s fee. In addition to your surgeon’s fee, the actual price of facelift surgery will include a multitude of other variables, including anesthesia, prescription medications, hospital or surgical facility fees, and more. The price we have provided above has taken these factors into consideration.
For a more accurate and personalized estimate, please contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lintner.
To help make the price of facelift surgery more manageable for our patients, we offer financing options through reputable plastic surgery lending companies. Qualified applicants are able to make low monthly payments with little to no interest. If needed, our friendly and knowledgeable Patient Care Coordinator, Sabrina, can help you select the financing plan that best meets your needs.
Can I Get a Facelift Without Surgery?
Although non-surgical facial rejuvenation options are available, there is no treatment that can adequately provide results that are as extensive, comprehensive, or long-lasting as facelift surgery. Certain signs of aging, such as skin laxity, generally cannot be addressed by cosmetic injectables or other popular non-surgical treatments. Depending on the extent of your concerns, Dr. Lintner can help you determine whether or not surgery is the best way to achieve the outcome you desire. If surgical intervention is not necessary, he will recommend a less invasive alternative.
Are There Effective Alternatives to Facelift Surgery?
As mentioned above, non-surgical options for facial rejuvenation are typically unable to provide the same type of results as facelift surgery. That being said, certain patients may be able to benefit from facelift alternatives like a liquid facelift or FaceTite.
A liquid facelift is a comprehensive non-surgical treatment that is personalized to meet your individual needs. Based on your particular concerns, Dr. Lintner can select a variety of cosmetic injectables to create a treatment plan that ultimately maximizes the benefits of each injectable used.
Patients with mild to moderate skin laxity may be able to benefit from FaceTite, a minimally-invasive alternative to facelift surgery. FaceTite uses radiofrequency (RF) heat to gently and safely tighten skin and underlying tissues, as well as remove excess fat. FaceTite can provide qualified candidates with results similar to facelift surgery, but with less downtime and minimal scarring.
Contact Advanced Aesthetic Surgery today to schedule a facelift consultation with cosmetic surgeon Thomas Lintner, MD.
*Individual Results May Vary