The effects of gravity and collagen loss can cause facial sagging and wrinkles. If you want to undo these signs of aging, a facelift can help. This procedure can firm and tighten the skin, smooth wrinkles, and restore your youthful contours.  

What is a Facelift?

A facelift is a procedure to tighten the skin and underlying layers for a more youthful appearance. Your LPS surgeon will remove the excess skin and lift the fat and muscle layers, restoring volume to your cheeks, shaping your jawline, and erasing lines in the mid to lower face area. It provides a powerful, long-lasting option for those with moderate to severe signs of aging. 

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How Does a Facelift Work?

Your LPS surgeon performs a facelift under general anesthesia. They will use incisions hidden around the ears or within the hairline to lift and tighten the skin. The procedure also tightens the Superficial Musculo-Aponeurotic System (SMAS) layer of connective tissue and muscle that supports the skin. Adjusting this layer requires more surgical skill, but it provides natural-looking results without an overly tightened “fake” look. 

How Long Does it Take to Heal From a Facelift?

The most important part of recovery from a facelift is taking the time to rest and heal before trying to do too much. Most people will spend the first two or three days resting and may need help with daily activities. After a few days, you should feel well enough to move around and resume light activities. You may return to work within a week or two, although you might still have bruising and swelling. After four weeks, your surgeon may approve you to resume light exercise.  

What Results Will I See With a Facelift?

Your facelift results will evolve over the next six months to a year. Residual swelling disappears, and your face “settles” into its new position. You can expect your facelift results to last at least five to ten years and sometimes much longer. You can prolong your results using consistent sun protection and quality skincare products. 

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How Much Does a Facelift Cost?

Your facelift is a customized procedure tailored to your needs. The cost of a facelift varies based on factors including:

  • Your location
  • Your provider’s experience and credentials
  • The type of procedure
  • Other fees and expenses

The average cost of a facelift is about $7,467. This estimate usually does not cover expenses such as anesthesia, medications, and post-surgical care. We recommend a consultation so your surgeon can assess your needs and discuss your treatment goals. 

Am I a Good Candidate for a Facelift?

Most people with moderate to severe aging signs make good facelift candidates. Suitable candidates should be healthy non-smokers with reasonable expectations. If you have high blood pressure, it should already be well controlled. If a facelift does not address all your concerns, you might be a good candidate for an additional procedure. 

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Take the Next Step

Interested in learning about facelifts? Schedule your consultation with Longwood Plastic Surgery today by calling our Brookline office at (617) 383-6250. We serve the Brookline and Greater Boston area with distinction.