“Aging gracefully” means something different to everyone. Those who prefer to age with less sagging skin and fewer wrinkles might be ideal candidates for a facelift. This procedure addresses loose skin, wrinkles, and sagging facial structures to restore a youthful appearance. 

What is a Facelift?

A facelift or rhytidectomy addresses moderate to significant signs of aging. This surgical procedure uses small incisions to lift and tighten the skin and underlying structures. A facelift typically addresses the mid and lower face, especially sagging jowls, marionette lines, nasolabial folds, and other wrinkles. Many people combine a facelift with other procedures for even better results. 

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How is a Facelift Performed?

Your Longwood Plastic Surgery team will prepare you for your facial surgery, which usually takes place under general anesthesia. The procedure can take several hours, especially if it includes more than just a facelift. Your LPS surgeon uses incisions around the ears and hidden by the hairline to lift and tighten the skin. They then redrape the skin and underlying structures over your features for a lifted, natural appearance. 

How Much is a Facelift?

The cost of rhytidectomy varies widely depending on several factors, including:

  • Your location
  • Your provider’s experience and skill
  • The type of facelift procedure
  • The type of anesthesia
  • The location of the procedure

The average facelift costs between $6,000 and $15,000. However, this estimate may not cover many fees and expenses, such as anesthesia, lab testing, and medications. We recommend a consultation where your LPS team can discuss pricing and answer any questions. 

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What Other Procedures Can I Have With a Facelift?

A facelift treats an area ranging from the middle of the face to the jowls. By adding other procedures, you can address all your areas of concern in a single surgery. Rhytidectomy commonly includes a neck lift to achieve contour and definition in the neck, under the chin, and along the jawline. Other good companions for a facelift include:

  • Eyelid lift
  • Brow lift
  • Fat transfer
  • Dermal fillers
  • Botox®
  • Laser skin resurfacing
  • Chemical peels

Non-surgical options can address issues like skin texture and pigmentation issues. A facelift will not correct issues like age spots or signs of sun damage, making non-surgical options a valuable part of maintaining a youthful appearance. 

What is Recovery Like After a Facelift?

You should spend the first few days after rhytidectomy resting, and many people plan to have someone around to help with basic tasks. You can resume light activities after the first few days, although you must avoid putting stress on your incisions. Most people with minimally active jobs can return within one to two weeks. However, you will still have some swelling and possible bruising at this point. 

Dr. Morris–I just wanted to thank you for the great job you did on my surgery. It was exactly what I wanted and they actually look better than I thought they would…I am lucky someone recommended your name to me and I will do the same.

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.