Facelift

What is a FaceLift?

Facelifts are also called facialplasty, rhytidoplasty and cervicofacial rhytidectomy. It is a surgical procedure that is designed to remove signs of aging from the face. It is a cosmetic procedure wherein the plastic surgeon will remove sagging skin, wrinkles and fat from the face and neck.

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What is the Facelift Procedure Process?

Face lifts performed by Dr. Peter Hilger in Minneapolis are generally an outpatient procedure performed in two to three two hours. Patients are sedated before the face lift procedure while the anesthesiologist stays nearby to keep the patient safe during the procedure.

The surgery begins with a cut near the ear. The cut begins at the hairline and moves along the front of the ear, around the earlobe and then back along the ear and the hairline. Cutting near the hairline helps hide the signs of the surgery more easily. A second incision is made on the opposite side of the face in the same way.

The skin is then carefully removed from the muscle and tissue underneath. The surgeon may remove fat from the cheeks and the neck and then then tightens up the bands of muscles and tissues around the shoulders, below the chin and around the neck. Excess skin is then trimmed away from the facial skin and is sutured or stapled back into place.

There are other procedures commonly considered with a face lift including eyelid rejuvenation or blepharoplasty and a brow lift.

Who is a Candidate for a Facelift?

Surgeons carefully screen your physical and mental health records to make sure you are physically and mentally strong enough to go through with the procedure. Physical conditions such as high blood pressure, easy scarring, smoking, heart problems and other serious conditions will all be assessed. A good candidate must have realistic expectations for the surgery.

What are the benefits of facelift?

Face lifts will help create a more youthful appearance for your face. It will eliminate skin sagging, wrinkles and even eliminate fatty deposits in the face that lead to an older look. There will be an obvious improvement especially in the contour, skin tone and overall look of the skin in the face and the neck. An improved physical appearance can lead to an improved mental state.

What is the Cost of a Facelift?

Facelifts are an elective surgery and are therefore not covered by most insurance companies. This means you will have to pay for the surgery yourself. Cost is broken down into several different factors: the surgeon’s fee, the facility fee, anesthesia, medications, surgical garments, medical tests and more. They generally cost at least several thousand dollars.

Facelift FAQ

  • How do I choose the best Facelift surgeon for my upcoming facial rejuvenation?

When making the decision for a facial rejuvenation, it is vital to choose the best Facelift surgeon available. While any doctor can cut and suture, not all surgeons will posses an eye for aesthetic beauty; a vital quality when trying to attain natural looking Facelift results. Make sure your surgeon is Board-Certified in facial cosmetic surgery, and has a long history of performing a variety procedures on the face and neck. Look through your surgeon’s before and after photos, to get an idea of his skill and style; if you are happy with his previous work, you are more likely to be pleased with your results. The best Facelift surgeon will sit down with you and develop an individualized surgical plan to achieve your facelift goals.

Focusing on procedures of the face, head, and neck, Dr. Peter Hilger has been performing Facelifts for more than 30 years. He is Board-Certified in Facial Plastic Surgery, has authored more than 75 articles on facial plastic surgery, and presented over 100 scientific presentations. Besides providing renowned facial plastic surgery services in his Edina office, Dr. Hilger is also an active professor and researcher at the University of Minnesota.

  • What are the Risks?

The most common risk is to develop a hematoma, which happens in approximately 3% of cases. The problem is easily treated and does not affect the eventual outcome of the surgery.

  • What Do I Do After the Surgery?

After surgery, you will generally spend a few hours in a recovery room to make sure you won’t bleed. Once home, you must generally stay in a reclining position for 24 hours immediately after the surgery. A liquid diet must be consumed and stretching or bending the neck should be avoided. Apply ice packs to reduce swelling and remove bruises. The stitches or sutures are removed seven to ten days later.

  • Are There Non-Surgical Alternatives to Facelift?

Some non-invasive surface treatments to the skin can provide some tightening of the soft tissues but the effectiveness is very limited and not equivalent for surgery for any significant laxity. Aesthetician services are also helpful in this regard to provide a more youthful, refreshed look and can be seen a complimentary to facelifts, blepharoplasties and browlifts.

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