Facelift in Minneapolis-St. Paul
What is a Facelift?
As we age, time and environmental factors can cause creases and sagging skin to occur. A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, can correct these signs of aging, smoothing the jawline, lifting the cheeks, and removing fat from beneath the chin.
Cost of a Facelift
This includes your surgical fee and all follow-up visits with Dr. Rocheford. This estimate also includes the facility fee and anesthesia costs. This is an estimate and may vary depending on your specific situation. It does not include the cost of your pre-operative physical, lab tests, or medications. Dr. Rocheford does charge $100 for consultations, and that fee is deducted from the price of your surgery or in-office procedure.
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DETAILS OF FACELIFT:
- Surgery: Surgery is done under sedation or general anesthetic at a hospital. The surgery takes 4 hours and can be outpatient or sometimes an overnight stay.
- Discomfort: Mild. Anticipate 0 – 3 days of pain medication.
- Bruising: 2 – 4 weeks
- Swelling: 2 – 4 weeks
- Numbness: Cheek numbness is expected and lasts weeks to months.
- Bandages: Changed in 1 – 2 days.
- Make-up: May be worn in 1 – 2 weeks.
- Work: You may feel capable of returning within 5 days, but your appearance will be the limiting factor.
- Exercise: May be resumed in 2 – 3 weeks.
- Sun Protection: Six months with SPF 15 or higher.
- Final Result: Seen 1 – 4 months following most facelifts. The duration of the result is 7 – 10 years.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Facelift?
Ideal candidates for a facelift are healthy, non-smokers who have a positive outlook on their surgical outcome. Patients who are exhibiting signs of facial aging can look younger in no time. A consultation with Dr. Rocheford is a great opportunity to discuss whether this procedure is a good fit for you.
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The Facelift Procedure
When it comes to a facelift, patients have three facelift choices, including a traditional facelift, a limited incision facelift, or a neck lift. A traditional facelift starts with an incision in the hairline running from the temples, around the ears, and ending in the lower scalp. Fat can be rearranged, and underlying tissues repositioned. Deep layers of the face can also be lifted. Skin is then placed over the new facial contours and excess skin removed. A limited incision facelift, or a mini facelift, use shorter incisions which start at the temples are go around the ear and end in the lower eyelid or upper lip. If patients choose to receive a neck lift as well, another incision under the chin will be needed to improve the neck contour.
Aging of the face can result in jowls, loose skin on the neck, and deep folds on the face. Depending on the degree of looseness, a facelift and/or neck lift can be performed through the incisions shown above. The shorter incisions are for mild cases and the longer incisions for moderate to severe facial aging. The incisions will be hidden in the creases around your ear, and are closed with dissolving stitches.
During recovery patients may experience mild discomfort, cheek numbness, swelling and bruising, makeup can be worn within one to two weeks to cover any discoloration. Patients may return to work within five days, and exercise may be resumed within two to three weeks. Final results from facelift surgery can often be seen one to four months following surgery, with results lasting seven to 10 years. If you’re ready to discuss your options for a younger, firmer looking face, now is a great time to schedule your Facelift surgery consultation with Dr. Heather Rocheford at our plastic surgery offices, serving the Twin Cities Metro area including St. Paul, Minneapolis, Woodbury and beyond. Simply request a consultation online or call Rocheford Plastic Surgery at 651-968-1294 today to schedule your appointment. Click for more FAQ’s Consultation Checklist