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

Mini Facelift: $8,844.00
Full Facelift: $10,760.00

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 A 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 that 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.

Facelift Recovery

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 651-739-1100 today to schedule your appointment.

Facelift FAQ’s

What is Facelift?

Also known as rhytidectomy, a facelift in Minneapolis-St. Paul is a surgical procedure to improve visible signs of aging in the face and neck. Are you ready to learn more about facelift surgery? Request a consultation online, or call our office at 651-968-1294 to speak with a member of our team today. If you are bothered by the signs of aging in your face, a facelift may be right for you. Technically known as rhytidectomy, a facelift is a surgical procedure to improve visible signs of aging in the face and neck, such as:nSagging in the midfacenDeep creases below the lower eyelidsnDeep creases along the nose extending to the corner of the mouthnFat that has fallen or is displacednLoss of muscle tone in the lower face may create jowlsnLoose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw can make even a person of normal weight appear to have a double chinnRejuvenation procedures typically performed in conjunction with a facelift are brow lift, to correct a sagging or deeply furrowed brow, and eyelid surgery to rejuvenate aging eyes.nnWhat it won’t do:nAs a restorative surgery, a facelift does not change your fundamental appearance and cannot stop the aging process. A facelift can only be performed surgically; non-surgical rejuvenation treatments cannot achieve the same results but may help delay the time at which a facelift becomes appropriate and complement the results of surgery.

Is it right for me?

A Minneapolis-St. Paul facelift is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image.nFacelift surgery is a good option for you if:nYou are physically healthynYou don’t smokenYou have a positive outlook and specific, but realistic goals in mind for the improvement of your appearance

What to expect during your consultation?

The success and safety of your facelift depends very much on your complete candidness during your consultation. You’ll be asked a number of questions about your health, desires, and lifestyle. Be prepared to discuss:nWhy you want the surgery, your expectations, and desired outcomenMedical conditions, drug allergies, and medical treatmentsnUse of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco, and drugsnPrevious surgeriesnDr. Rocheford may also:nEvaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factorsnDiscuss the options available to you for a facelift and facial rejuvenationnExamine and measure your facenTake photographs for your medical recordnDiscuss your options and recommend a course of treatmentnDiscuss likely outcomes of a facelift and any risks or potential complicationsnDiscuss the type of anesthesia that will be used

Preparing for surgery?

Prior to surgery, you may be asked to:nGet lab testing or a medical evaluationnTake certain medications or adjust your current medicationsnStop smoking well in advance of surgerynAvoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements as they can increase bleedingnSpecial instructions you receive will cover:nWhat to do on the night before and morning of surgerynThe use of anesthesia during your faceliftnPost-operative care and follow-upnIf your facelift in Minneapolis-St. Paul is performed on an outpatient basis, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you for at least the first night following surgery.

What happens during facelift surgery?

Step 1 – AnesthesianMedications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Dr. Rocheford will recommend the best choice for you. A variety of other procedures can further enhance the outcome of a facelift. They include:nnFacial implantsnSoft tissue augmentation to recontour the facial structurenResurfacing techniques to improve the tone and texture of facial skinnWrinkle reduction by injectionnStep 2 – The incisionnDepending on the degree of change you’d like to see, your facelift choices include a traditional facelift, limited incision facelift, or a neck lift. A traditional facelift incision often begins in the hairline at the temples, continues around the ear and ends in the lower scalp. Fat may be sculpted or redistributed from the face, jowls, and neck, and underlying tissue is repositioned, commonly the deeper layers of the face and the muscles are also lifted. Skin is redraped over the uplifted contours and excess skin is trimmed away. A second incision under the chin may be necessary to further improve an aging neck. Sutures or skin adhesives close the incisions. An alternative to a traditional facelift uses shorter incisions at the temples, continuing around the ear and possibly within the lower eyelids or under the upper lip. Sagging jowls, loose neck skin, and fat accumulation under the chin may be corrected with a neck lift. The neck lift incision often begins in front of the ear lobe and wraps around behind the ear ending in the lower scalp.nnStep 3 – Closing the incisionsnOnce healed, the incision lines from a facelift are well concealed within the hairline and in the natural contours of the face and ear.nnStep 4 – See the resultsnThe visible improvements of a facelift appear as swelling and bruising subside. Your final result should not only restore a more youthful and rested appearance but also help you feel more confident about yourself.

Important face about the safety and risks of facelift surgery?

The decision to have a facelift is extremely personal and you’ll have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable. Dr. Rocheford and her staff will explain in detail the risks associated with surgery. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure you will undergo and any risks and potential complications.nThe risks include:nUnfavorable scarringnBleeding (hematoma)nInfectionnPoor wound healingnAnesthesia risksnCorrectable hair loss at the incisionsnFacial nerve injury with weaknessnFacial asymmetrynSkin lossnNumbness or other changes in skin sensationnFatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis)nFluid accumulationnPain, which may persistnSkin contour irregularitiesnSkin discoloration, sensitivity or swellingnSutures may spontaneously surface through the skin, become visible or produce irritation that requires removalnUnsatisfactory results may include asymmetry, unsatisfactory surgical scar location, unacceptable visible deformities at the ends of the incisions (It may be necessary to perform additional surgery to improve your results)nDeep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complicationsnThe possibility of revision surgerynBe sure to ask questions: It’s very important to ask Dr. Rocheford questions about your Minneapolis-St. Paul facelift procedure. It’s natural to feel some anxiety, whether it’s excitement for your anticipated new look or a bit of preoperative stress. Don’t be shy about discussing these feelings with her.

When you go home?

If you experience shortness of breath, chest pains, or unusual heart beats, seek medical attention immediately. Should any of these complications occur, you may require hospitalization and additional treatment. The practice of medicine and surgery is not an exact science. Although good results are expected, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure. Another surgery may be necessary.nBe carefulnFollowing Dr. Rocheford’s instructions is key to the success of your surgery. It is important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing. Avoid wearing any clothing that must go over your head. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself.

My Recovery?

When your procedure is completed, a bandage could gently be placed around your face to minimize swelling and bruising. A thin tube may be present to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect under the skin. You will be given specific instructions that may include: how to care for the surgical site, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in overall health, and when to follow up with Dr. Rocheford. Be sure to ask your Dr. Rocheford specific questions about what you can expect during your individual recovery period.nWhere will I be taken after my surgery is complete?nWhat medication will I be given or prescribed after surgery?nWill I have dressings/bandages after surgery? When will they be removed?nAre stitches removed? When?nWhen can I resume normal activity and exercise?nWhen do I return for follow-up care?

The results will be long-lasting?

It may take several months for swelling to fully dissipate and up to 6 months for incision lines to mature. Life-long sun protection will help to maintain your rejuvenated appearance by minimizing photo-aging or sun damage. In addition, a healthy lifestyle will also help extend the results of your rejuvenated, more youthful appearance.

Questions to ask your plastic surgeon?

Use this checklist as a guide during your consultation:nAre you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?nWere you specifically trained in the field of plastic surgery?nHow many years of plastic surgery training have you had?nDo you have hospital privileges to perform this procedure?nIf so, at which hospitals?nIs the office-based surgical facility accredited by a nationally- or state-recognized accrediting agency, or is it state-licensed or Medicare-certified?nAm I a good candidate for this procedure?nWhat will be expected of me to get the best results?nWhere and how will you perform my procedure?nWhat surgical technique is recommended for me?nHow long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?nWhat are the risks and complications associated with a facelift?nHow are complications handled?nHow can I expect my face to look over time?nWhat are my options if I am dissatisfied with the cosmetic outcome of my facelift?nDo you have before-and-after photos I can look at for this procedure and what results are reasonable for me?


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