A facelift, including the correction of signs of aging in the neck, can usually be completed in approximately three to four hours.
There indeed are different ways to perform a facelift. Dr. Spies’ technique usually includes tightening the skin as well as the underlying muscles and fascia. This allows the lift to last longer and look much more natural compared to techniques that only tighten the skin.
Although some discomfort may occur for the first week after a facelift, prescribed medication can alleviate the pain for a smooth recovery.
After surgery, the face will be bandaged and wrapped for the first two days. At that point in time, you will be allowed to wash your hair and start some normal activities. Like any procedure, some downtime is expected after a facelift, but most patients resume their normal routine about a week or two after surgery. Exercises can be started three to four weeks after surgery.
Since a facelift requires incisions to be made, scarring will exist. However, by strategically placing the incisions within the hairline and around the ears, they are virtually inconspicuous to the human eye.
The costs of a facelift varies as to the type of lift recommended (cheek lift, neck lift or complete facelift) as well as other procedures recommended to enhance the facelift result. Dr Spies’ office staff will be able to provide a complete cost analysis including anesthesia fees and surgical facility fees at the time of your appointment.