How Does a Facelift Procedure Work?
August 30, 2023
The desire for a youthful appearance has led many individuals to a regular schedule of cosmetic med spa treatments like Botox® and microneedling. But some people want more dramatic, long-lasting results than these treatments can offer. Facelifts stand out as one of the most popular and effective ways to combat the signs of aging.
What is a Facelift?
A facelift, medically known as rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure designed to address visible signs of aging on the face and neck. The skin loses its elasticity as we age, and underlying tissues, such as muscles and fat, begin to sag. This results in wrinkles, fine lines, jowls, and a loss of definition along the jawline and neck. A facelift aims to reverse these effects, providing a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance.
How Does a Facelift Work?
Dr. Langdon performs a less invasive, minimum-incision facelift called the ExpresS-Lift. This procedure is designed to have the same exceptional results as a traditional facelift but with less conspicuous scarring and easier recovery. Part of his low-impact approach is using only local anesthetic, which is safer and has fewer side effects.
During the procedure, Dr. Langdon will make short incisions around your ears. He then lifts the skin and muscles to a more youthful position. This corrects the sagging caused by gravity, restoring a smooth appearance and enhancing the facial contours. If needed, he may remove excess skin and fat during the procedure. Dr. Langdon often simultaneously performs liposuction around the neck and jawline to correct jowls and a double chin.
An ExpresS-Lift at the Langdon Center usually takes three to four hours. Dr. Langdon personalizes the procedure to each patient’s unique needs and facial structure, ensuring natural-looking results.
What is Recovery Like After a Facelift?
After your facelift procedure, you can expect some swelling, bruising, numbness, and general discomfort. Most visible side effects will fade within ten days, and patients typically resume work in one to two weeks. Dr. Langdon will give you detailed aftercare instructions for your procedure.
As the swelling and bruising fade, you’ll see the benefits of your facelift. You’ll enjoy optimal results after a few months.
How Long Does a Facelift Last?
Once you see the final results of your facelift, you can enjoy them for several years to come. A SMAS facelift like the Expres-S Lift typically lasts ten years or more. A healthy lifestyle, protecting your skin from sun damage, and using high-quality skincare products are the best ways to maintain your facelift results.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Facelift?
Ideal candidates for a facelift are healthy non-smokers with sagging and wrinkles in the lower face and neck. Dr. Langdon may recommend a brow lift or blepharoplasty for aging concerns in the upper face. He’ll assess your concerns and discuss your goals to help you determine if a facelift is right for you.
I had an express face lift 13 years ago. At the time I was very happy with the results. I looked younger and fresher, but the effect was also natural. Now 13 years years later, at the age of 68, I still look great. When I tell people my age, they express disbelief. I would recommend this procedure to anyone who wants to look younger.
Take the Next Step
If you have further questions about Facelift, we encourage you to schedule a consultation at The Langdon Center in Guilford, CT. Call us at 203-453-8625 or fill out our convenient online contact form.