Face Lift Surgery
Pittsburgh, PA & Columbus, OH
Face Lift Surgery (Rhytidectomy) can dramatically improve visible signs of aging by lifting loose, sagging skin on the mid-to lower region of the face, tighten the underlying facial muscles and smooth fine lines and wrinkles for a more youthful appearance.
At The Skin Center, our board-certified physicians perform both conventional, full face lift surgery and the less invasive QuickLift® Facelift procedure which offers natural-looking results and a shorter recovery period when compared to traditional face lift.
Benefits of Face Lift Surgery:
During a private consultation, the board-certified cosmetic surgeons and board-certified plastic surgeons at The Skin Center Medical Spa will discuss your facial plastic surgery options and your expectations to help determine which type of face lift surgery is most appropriate for you.
In Pittsburgh, face lift surgery is performed by board-certified cosmetic surgeon, Dominic Brandy, MD, in our state-licensed and nationally accredited, AAAHC outpatient surgical center located in Mt. Lebanon, PA.
In Columbus, face lift surgery is performed by board-certified plastic surgeon, Fernando Colon, MD in the Riverside Outpatient Surgery Center.
Face Lift Surgery
A face lift can be performed between the ages of 35 and 75. While this facial plastic surgery procedure does not stop the aging process, when performed before age 50, it may prevent individuals from developing certain signs of aging such as sagging skin under the chin, upper neck and along the jowls. Face lift cosmetic surgery is often performed with eyelid surgery to further enhance the dramatic facial rejuvenation results.
A face lift procedure involves an incision in the temple hairline extending in front of the ear and around the earlobe into the hairline of the scalp. The surgeon repositions stretched muscles and tissue, and gently advances sagging skin outward, trimming the excess skin. In most cases, the incision heals inconspicuously and will be partially hidden by surrounding hair.
Face lift results are dramatic and can be seen once the swelling and bruising subside, approximately three to four weeks following the surgery. Most people experience initial discomfort after face lift surgery, but significant pain is uncommon.
Facial swelling is normal and typically lasts up to a week or longer and bruising can be expected for three to four weeks after the face lift. It is normal for patients to experience varying degrees of desensitization or numbness which is usually temporary.
The QuickLift® Facelift, developed by The Skin Center Medical Spa's board-certified cosmetic surgeon, Dominic A. Brandy, MD, is a minimally invasive cosmetic surgery procedure that lifts the mid to lower portion of the face and tightens the neck and jaw line.
In Pittsburgh, QuickLift facelift surgery is performed in The Skin Center Medical Spa's outpatient surgical facility under local anesthesia or IV sedation. For most people, this relatively quick outpatient facelift procedure has a lower likelihood of complications and a faster recovery time when compared to traditional face lift procedures. In Columbus, Quicklift facelift surgery is performed in our nationally accredited (AAAHC) office-based surgery center under I.V. sedation.
Visit the Quicklift Facelift page for more details on this face lift procedure.
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FAQ's: Face Lift
Although women and men who undergo facelift surgery continue to age, a more refreshed, revitalized appearance is maintained for years to come. Many men and women are so thrilled with the results of their face lift surgery that they opt for Thermage™ Non-Surgical Facelift to help prolong the skin tightening effects of the face lift surgery.
How long is the recovery period following a face lift?
Face lift surgery is an extensive surgical procedure and requires considerable healing time. Most individuals are swollen and bruised for two or three weeks following the face lift surgery, during this time the swelling subsides and bruising fades, revealing the dramatic results. However, the healing process will continue with the final result of the face lift surgery will be seen about three months post-surgery.
If recovery time is a concern, the QuickLift facelift may be a better option to tighten skin in the mid and lower facial regions with less downtime and recovery.
What is the cost for face lift surgery?
The cost of a facelift surgery will be determined during a private facelift consultation. We will discuss your overall facial aging goals and expectations from facelift surgery as well as the type of recovery and downtime you will have with such a surgery. By the end of your consultation, you will have clear understanding of the cost of the facelift and the results you can expect from facelift surgery. We will also discuss other surgical options including the QuickLift facelift, which delivers natural-looking results with less downtime and recovery when compared to traditional face lift surgery.
Are there risks associated with Cosmetic Surgery procedures?
Men and women of all ages choose cosmetic surgery for a number of reasons and the process of deciding to have elective cosmetic plastic surgery is highly individualized and very personal. This decision can offer lasting improvement not only to an individual's physical appearance, but also to their self-confidence and self-esteem. However, choosing to have any type of elective surgery, including cosmetic surgery is not without risk and potential complications.
Face Lift Surgery Alternative Treatments
Face lift surgery is an invasive cosmetic surgery procedure and requires extensive recovery and significant downtime, therefore most of our clients choose to have the QuickLift® Facelift which corrects facial aging, sagging skin along the jowls and upper neck area with less downtime and recovery time when compared to a traditional face lift procedure.
As an alternative to face lift surgery, temporary or longer-lasting Injectable Wrinkle Fillers may also be used to gently lift the face, augment cheekbones and fill depressed areas of the face including creases, folds, fine lines and wrinkles.
Ultherapy® Skin Tightening is a non-surgical med-spa treatment which uses ultrasound technology to deliver targeted energy to the underlying facial tissue to tighten and tone skin while improving the body's natural collagen production.
Come in for your complimentary consultation to discuss all treatment options and decide which is right for you!