A facelift, AKA a rhytidectomy, reduces facial wrinkles and signs of aging to improve the appearance of the face and jaw. The surgeon lifts and tightens underlying muscles to contour and rejuvenate the facial structure and remove excess skin and fat. A full facelift addresses the area below the eyes, lines around the mouth, sagging cheeks, excess skin and fat at the jowls and fullness under the chin. A mid-facelift addresses tissues below the eyes and around the cheeks. A lower facelift targets the bottom third of the face to lift sagging corners of the mouth, reduce nasolabial folds, eliminate jowls and enhance the jaw. A mini facelift improves the lower cheeks, jaw and neck.

Ideal facelift candidates include male or female patient experiencing visible signs of aging on the face and/or the neck. In addition, patients who want to correct loose/sagging facial skin and want a better defined jawline and chin are good candidates. Good candidates also include people with a strong bone structure who still have some skin elasticity.

The average cost of a facelift varies according to fees charged by the facility or the doctor, any anesthesia fees and the geographic location of the procedure. The type of facelift performed by the surgeon also contributes to the cost. In general, a full facelift costs more than a mid-facelift or a mini facelift because they take less time to perform and require smaller incisions. The average cost of a facelift is in the range of $6000-$12,000.

The results of a facelift can be seen when most of the swelling and bruising has dissipated. Even though there is not an age limit for a facelift, patients who are younger or have less damaged skin see better results than an older patient. Scars are usually hidden in the hairline. Incisions made in areas such as the chin are normally hidden in the creases of the skin. Scars take 6 months to a year to settle down but they do fade with time. A facelift can provide results for 10-20 years. However, the face continues to age and gravity continues to pull down on the skin. Daily skin care and the use of sunscreen help maintain the results.

Stem Cell Facelifts

Stem Cell Facelifts

submitted on   Thu Dec, 03, 2015 by Renato Calabria, MD     
Stem cell facelift is a non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedure which involves using fat enriched with stem cells to improve the look and texture of the face without the need for facial incisions. A stem cell facelift is a step beyond dermal fillers and fat grafts which were used prior to...