Women and men visit the Center for Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in Ann Arbor for facelift surgery from Canton, Plymouth, and surrounding areas 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.

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Who Is a Good Candidate for a Facelift?

Women and men choose this procedure 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

People with mild to moderate sagging on the lower face and neck may be candidates for the minimally invasive FaceTite procedure. This FDA-cleared procedure can provide an effective alternative to a facelift for people who are not ready for surgery.

What Are the Benefits of a Facelift?

A facelift helps give a more rested, youthful-looking contour of the face and neck.

How Is Facelift Surgery Performed?

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.

Can a Facelift Be Combined With Other Procedures?

A facelift focuses on the lower face. 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:

What Is Facelift Recovery Like?

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.

Read more about plastic surgery recovery time here.

When Will I See My Final Facelift Results?

Improvement is evident in 4 to 6 weeks or sooner, with continued improvement over several months.

Insurance Guidelines

Facelifts are considered cosmetic procedures and are not covered by insurance. The patient is responsible for payment.

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