When it comes to looking and feeling like the best version of yourself, facelift surgery is widely considered the gold standard of treatment. A facelift is performed to address some of the most telltale signs of aging, such as jowls, loose skin, wrinkles, and creases. When performed with skill and expertise, this advanced procedure will lift and reposition facial tissues to achieve a truly transformative result. Dr. Scott Miller is known for his diligent technique and outstanding naturally beautiful facelift outcomes, which are tailor-made to restore your youthful facial contours without sacrificing the character of your face.
Is a Facelift Right for Me?
Facelift techniques vary from conservative lifting procedures to more extensive and sophisticated approaches that address the entire face. This versatility can allow any patient who desires facial rejuvenation to achieve their goals via tailored facelift options. If you feel your reflection doesn’t match your internal spirit due to the effects of aging, you may benefit from a facelift — particularly if you’re bothered by:
- A loss of skin and muscle tone, resulting in sagging skin along the jawline or “jowls”
- Nasolabial folds, which develop from the base of the nose to the corners of the mouth
- Marionette lines, or creases that extend to the chin on both sides of the lips
- Displaced facial fat or lost volume
A neck lift is frequently performed at the same time as facelift surgery since both regions tend to age together. This procedure will smooth the neck contour, reduce muscle banding, remove excess fat deposits, and treat a “turkey neck.” Dr. Miller will listen to your concerns and conduct a facial analysis to formulate the most optimal treatment plan for you and your aesthetic goals.
How is the Facelift Procedure Performed?
The nature of facelift surgery varies from patient to patient, but the procedure is usually an outpatient surgery performed using TIVA general anesthesia. Starting with an incision that starts at the temple and curves along the front of the ear and behind the earlobe, Dr. Miller lifts and repositions the descended muscle. The skin is then redraped while any excess tissue is removed. The neck is rejuvenated through this incision and a small incision under the chin, allowing Dr. Miller to tighten tissues, remove excess skin, and extract fat deposits if necessary. All incisions are then closed in layers along the different facial planes to minimize scarring as much as possible. The procedure takes approximately three to five hours. Incisions and techniques may differ according to your facial plastic surgery plan.
What Can I Expect From the Facelift Recovery Period?
Recovery instructions will be given based on your individual treatment plan, but the post-operative period typically calls for downtime, certain activity restrictions, and regular follow-up appointments with Dr. Miller and his nursing staff to monitor your healing. Dressings will be placed after your procedure to reduce swelling and protect your incisions. The head should also remain elevated to improve blood flow, which Dr. Miller and his team will explain further in person. Feelings of discomfort, swelling, numbness, bruising, or weakness are normal following surgery and should subside as your recovery progresses. Over-the-counter or prescribed pain medications, as well as ice packs, are generally enough to manage symptoms in the meantime. Most patients feel well enough to return to non-strenuous work within two weeks. Exercise, bending over past the knees, and strenuous activity should be avoided until Dr. Miller advises otherwise.
How Much Does a Facelift Cost?
Our office will be able to provide you with a personalized cost estimate when you visit our practice and Dr. Miller gains a better sense of your needs and goals. Factors that may influence facelift costs include:
- The technique utilized
- The type of facelift procedure chosen
- The complexity of your surgery
It’s important to note that a facelift is a long-term investment into your appearance and confidence; therefore, the quality of your facelift surgeon should be prioritized over the potential costs of the procedure. That said, Dr. Miller offers financing options through CareCredit®, a leading healthcare lending institution often utilized for cosmetic and elective procedures. With CareCredit®, qualified patients can make the costs of surgery more economical by choosing from a selection of low- to no-interest payment plans. If you have any questions or concerns, our team would be more than happy to speak with you about our payment options or the cost of a facelift.