ExpresS-Lift Facelift

Surgical Face Facelift

Age brings inevitable changes to your appearance, and eventually, the face you see in the mirror may look older or more tired than you would like. A facelift is one of the most effective ways to reduce signs of aging and rejuvenate your appearance. Dr. Langdon’s ExpresS-Lift procedure is less invasive, so you can enjoy the same benefits with shorter recovery and less scarring.

What is the ExpresS-Lift Facelift?

The ExpresS-Lift procedure is designed to improve the most visible signs of aging and restore a more youthful appearance to the face and neck. The procedure can improve the appearance of sagging facial skin of the lower face as well as jowls and loose neck skin, which are the result of gravity causing the soft tissue layers (fascia, muscle, and skin) to stretch. A facelift suspends these droopy tissue layers and repositions them to where they were 10 or 20 years ago.

This minimal-incision facelift leaves a less conspicuous scar because the incision is only about half the length of that of traditional facelifts. The ExpresS-Lift procedure provides an overall lift to your neck and the lower two-thirds of your face. Compared to a traditional facelift, the ExpresS-Lift is less invasive, with fewer complications and a much faster recovery. 

The most remarkable feature of the ExpresS-Lift is the rapid recovery, with relatively little bruising and swelling. The key is Dr. Langdon’s use of local anesthesia, which constricts small blood vessels during the procedure.

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Frequently Asked Questions

With the ExpresS-Lift, the emphasis is on lifting sagging fascia in a more vertical direction than is used in conventional facelifts. Gravity causes sagging over time and is a force that pushes straight down. Lifting in a more vertical direction to counteract gravity’s effect results in a natural look and avoids the obvious “wind tunnel” or “swept back” look of traditional facelifts. In most cases, Dr. Langdon uses a minimal skin incision that is relatively short compared to traditional facelifts, resulting in an inconspicuous scar.

Only local anesthesia is used during an ExpresS-Lift. Local anesthetic offers the advantages of a painless procedure with very little bleeding and subsequently little bruising and swelling (thus a rapid recovery). Treatment times vary from patient to patient, but typically ExpresS-Lift procedures take three to four hours.

Unlike “mini-facelifts” that only tighten the skin, the ExpresS-Lift is a real facelift that tightens the connective tissue layer beneath the skin (called the superficial musculoaponeurotic system or SMAS). It is actually a “deep plane” facelift in which the SMAS is released from firm attachments to underlying tissue in the face and the neck. Tightening the SMAS requires some of the skin just in front of and above the ear to be removed. This allows for minimal skin tension, reducing visible scarring and creating more natural-looking, long-lasting results.

After an ExpresS-Lift facelift, some numbness, bruising, and swelling will occur. Bruising is usually mild and typically takes a week to 10 days to fade completely. Patients typically return to work within one to two weeks of their ExpresS-Lift procedure.

Every surgical procedure carries certain risks and the potential for complications. Potential complications associated with the ExpresS-Lift procedure may include bruising, swelling, sensitivity to anesthesia, asymmetry, infection, nerve injury, and poor healing. Having your facelift performed by an experienced board-certified cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Langdon is crucial to minimizing risks and achieving an optimal outcome.

Similar to a conventional facelift, an ExpresS-lift targets the lower two-thirds of the face and neck. The ExpresS-Lift also lifts the cheeks (mid-face region) to improve nasolabial and marionette folds. The results of a facelift typically last ten or more years.

Benefits of an ExpresS-Lift facelift include:

  • Smoother neck area
  • Reduced jowls
  • Refined jawline and chin
  • Improved appearance of sagging lower facial skin
  • Restores the lower face and neck contours to a more youthful appearance

The ExpresS-Lift is best suited for physically healthy patients with sagging lower facial and neck areas. In healthy patients, an ExpresS-Lift can be performed at any age and can deliver remarkable results. 

Dr. Langdon will help you determine the best treatment for your aging concerns and can customize the procedure to your needs. For many patients, liposuction of the neck and jowls is performed along with the ExpresS-Lift. Certain additional procedures can be performed at the same time as an ExpresS-Lift. Dr. Langdon will discuss the best treatment plan with you to achieve your desired results.

*Individual results may vary.

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To learn more about getting an ExpresS-Lift Facelift or to schedule your consultation with Board-Certified Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Langdon, please fill out the form on this page or call The Langdon Center at (203) 453-8625. We look forward to working with you! The Langdon Center serves patients in the Guilford & New Haven, CT areas.

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