A facelift is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures available, designed to treat wrinkles, sagging and skin laxity for a younger, more refreshed appearance. This procedure targets the mid- to lower face, including the cheeks, mouth, chin and neck.
During the facelift procedure, an incision is made around the ear, sometimes extending into the scalp. There are several different techniques that may be used depending on each patient’s facial structure and goals, but most include sculpting, lifting and repositioning the underlying fat, muscle and tissues, while also trimming and redraping the skin for dramatic yet natural-looking results.
In most cases, a facelift is performed under general anesthesia, but may be performed under a local anesthetic and sedation. The entire procedure usually takes two to four hours to perform on an outpatient basis.