Women and men visit the Center for Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery for facelift surgery in Ann Arbor to look naturally younger and feel more confident. Our team of 4 board-certified plastic surgeons has more than 100 years of combined plastic surgery experience. They understand how aging affects the face and have the refined abilities to address each patient’s unique needs.
This procedure is performed to rejuvenate the lower 2/3 of the face and the neck by addressing:
- Lax, sagging skin
- Loss of skin elasticity and muscle tone of the face and neck
- Jowls and deep creases between the base of the nose and the corners of the mouth
- Lack of youthful chin and neck contours and tired facial appearance
- A facelift helps give a more rested, youthful-looking contour of the face and neck
Facelifts vary in extent, depending on the location and skin laxity. All facelifts are done on an outpatient basis under sedation with local anesthesia. If there is loose skin in the lower face or neck, incisions behind or in front of the ears may be necessary.
Incisions are made in the hairline (or along the hair margin) above the ear, extending down around the earlobe and extending in or below the hairline behind the ear. The neck muscles are tightened, the facial skin is re-draped and lifted, and the excess skin is removed.
Procedures for a Complete Facial Rejuvenation
To rejuvenate the upper face, a facelift may be combined with a brow lift to address a sagging forehead or brows that hang onto the upper eyelids. The brow lift may be performed using the endoscopic technique, which involves short incisions hidden in the upper hairline, or with the coronal technique which requires longer incisions.
Additional procedures that may complement facelift results include:
- Eyelid lift
- Lip enlargement
- Chin enlargement
- Neck contouring
- Fat grafting
- Skin Resurfacing
- BOTOX® Cosmetic/Dysport®
- Dermal fillers
- Corrective skin care treatments including microdermabrasion, facial peels and DermaSound Plus™.
Recuperation and Healing
With a facelift, the patient goes home with the head and neck wrapped in dressings, which are usually removed the next day. Initial discomfort is usually controlled with oral medication. Sutures are removed within 7 to 14 days. Bruising and swelling decrease to socially acceptable levels in 10 to 20 days, but can last 2 to 3 months or longer. Camouflage makeup is available to temporarily conceal any redness or bruising once the sutures have been removed.
Onsite therapeutic massage can increase tissue mobility, reduce swelling and enhance overall comfort.
Improvement is evident in 4 to 6 weeks or sooner, with continued improvement over several months.
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Facelifts are considered cosmetic procedures and are not covered by insurance. The patient is responsible for payment.Schedule a Consultation