Facelift surgery, which is sometimes referred to as rhytidectomy, is a facial plastic surgery procedure designed to address common patterns of facial aging resulting from the cumulative effects of sun exposure, weight fluctuation, and patients naturally getting older over time. At Gryskiewicz Twin Cities Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Karan Chopra—our experienced facelift surgeon—performs rhytidectomy to reduce jowls and correct loose or sagging skin on the face and neck. Using techniques designed to minimize downtime without sacrificing optimal results, Dr. Chopra prioritizes creating a natural-looking, refreshed appearance. He centers the facelift procedure around a patient’s wishes and custom-designs each surgery to restore a youthful look with respect to your natural beauty and facial characteristics.
What Can a Facelift Improve?
Patients who wish to improve the quality of their neck, jawline, cheeks, and overall facial appearance may be appropriate candidates for a facelift. This can be assessed during a personal consultation with Dr. Chopra, where he will ask you about your goals and evaluate your concerns to confirm whether a facelift would help you achieve your desired look. In general, the facelift procedure can minimize:
- Jowls or sagging skin along the cheeks and jawline
- Deep creases in the mid- to lower face
- Loose neck skin, or a “turkey neck”
The indications above are among the most obvious signs of aging that cause patients to look older than they feel. A facelift is one of the most effective ways to reverse the effects of age and improve one’s:
- Jawline contour
- Neck contour
- Mid-face projection
- Confidence and attractiveness
Although a facelift is only intended to treat the lower face, signs of aging in the upper face can be addressed with other procedures like blepharoplasty and/or a brow lift. If desired, you can combine a facelift with another facial procedure to achieve more comprehensive rejuvenation.
How is Facelift Surgery Performed?
A facelift is usually an outpatient procedure, which means you will be able to return home on the same day as your surgery. At our Minneapolis practice, Dr. Chopra performs a facelift by placing an incision that starts at the sideburn, moves along the front of the ear, and curves behind the earlobe partially into the posterior hairline. The skin is then lifted while the excess is removed, and descended musculature and fatty tissue are repositioned. In certain cases, fat injections may also be utilized to restore lost volume as well as enhance the contour and fullness of the face. Incisions are closed and all scars are hidden in areas of natural anatomic transition, typically forming nearly imperceptible scars that should remain well concealed.
What is the Recovery Process after a Facelift?
Some mild discomfort is common, but Dr. Chopra will prescribe non-opioid pain medication to help alleviate the worst of the symptoms. You can typically expect one week of light bruising, while swelling tends to subside after the second week. There is no scientific evidence to support placing a full post-surgical “mummy wrap” often depicted in movies during the recovery period, although it is still utilized by many plastic surgeons. These “mummy wraps” can not only draw attention to healing patients who may want to remain discreet about their procedure, but the bandages can also compress delicate veins and lymphatic channels. This can result in prolonged swelling and a higher risk of undue pressure on the skin. However, our quick recovery facelift protocol does require placing a small 1 cm drain behind the ear, which is removed the morning after surgery.
Although you should get plenty of rest after your facelift, we encourage you to practice light ambulation (walking around, moving, etc.) as much as possible. Exercise should be avoided for at least one month, and we recommend refraining from vigorous activity, heavy lifting, and strenuous exercise for at least two months following your quick recovery facelift. Most patients can return to work after two weeks when the majority of swelling has subsided, although recovery can be slightly prolonged if complementary procedures were added to your treatment plan. It can take up to three months to see the full results of your facelift.
How Much Does a Facelift Cost?
The cost of a facelift can range depending on the extent of your concerns, your geographic location, and the surgical technique required to achieve your goals. The price of a facelift in Minneapolis is ultimately determined by the details of your treatment plan and we will be able to provide a more personalized quote when Dr. Chopra assesses your needs in a consultation. Please don’t hesitate to ask about our plastic surgery financing options, which can allow qualified patients to pay for their procedure through a series of low monthly payments. Our practice accepts plans through CareCredit® and ALPHAEON™ Credit, which are two very reputable healthcare lending companies that each offer arrangements to suit your personal budget. Please contact our practice if you have any questions about patient financing, or if you would like to speak to one of our team members in person.
Can I Get a Non-Surgical Facelift?
While there are many non-surgical treatments that claim to reproduce a facelift without surgery, a rhytidectomy is the gold standard for authentic improvement of sagging skin in the lower face, a deflated look in the mid-face, and/or an undefined jawline. Understandably, there are several marketing terms and techniques referenced online that can confuse a patient seeking facial rejuvenation. Some of these treatments do not even involve an actual lift, such as the non-surgical “facelift” that utilizes the platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in your own blood combined with SkinPen® microneedling to improve your skin quality. Similarly, a “liquid facelift” can be useful, but this technique involves injecting dermal fillers to enhance volume rather than addressing sagging tissues. While improved skin quality and restored facial volume can indeed make patients look younger, non-surgical treatments are not usually effective alternatives to facelift surgery.
Unfortunately, there is no ultrasound therapy, dermal filler, neurotoxin, or radiofrequency treatment that can substitute a facelift. Rhytidectomy requires careful attention to detail, meticulous surgical technique, and exceptional training in plastic surgery.
At Gryskiewicz Twin Cities Cosmetic Surgery, we offer a full range of non-surgical options that you may want to explore if you would like to enhance the quality of your skin. You can learn more about these options by perusing our medical spa services. These treatments may be performed alone or in conjunction with a facelift for additional skin rejuvenation.
Please contact our practice if you would like to learn more about a facelift, or if you are ready to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chopra.