A facelift is a popular plastic surgery procedure used to remedy facial aging. Dr. Stephen Weber is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon in Denver, CO, who performs individualized facelifts.
The two most common visible signs of facial aging are drooping of the face and loss of facial volume. Patients who wish to combat these changes may do so by having a facelift procedure to reposition, lift, and tighten their facial skin. Recent research has shown that following a facelift, patients may be perceived as looking up to ten years younger. One of the key factors that helps patients receive this tremendous type of result is choosing a surgeon who specializes in facelifts.
A Facelift with Dr. Weber
Dr. Weber’s goal when performing a facelift is to create a natural, youthful, and rested appearance. He achieves this goal by carefully listening to his patients and giving them surgical options that meet their needs, desires, and goals. While using a team approach, Dr. Weber is able to create the perfect facelift procedure for each of his patients.
The two most common facelift methods Dr. Weber uses are a mini facelift and a comprehensive facelift. The decision regarding which method to use is based on the laxity of the patient’s skin and the signs of aging that the patient is looking to address. Generally, a mini facelift is used to improve early signs of aging and a comprehensive facelift is used to improve multiple signs of aging that usually occur later in life.
The Facelift Procedure
Dr. Weber performs facelifts in one of his in-office surgical suites or at a local ambulatory surgical center. The first step in the procedure is the administration of oral sedation, intravenous (IV) sedation, or general anesthesia by a board certified anesthesiologist. Once the patient is comfortably sedated or asleep, Dr. Weber performs the procedure through the following steps:
- An incision is beneath the hairline. The incision starts below the “sideburn” and runs along the curve of the ear.
- Muscles and tissues are tightened and fat is restored to areas of the face that have lost volume.
- The skin is draped over the tightened muscles and tissues and the incision is carefully closed using delicate sutures.
After the incisions are closed, a dressing is placed around the face to provide support and to minimize swelling during the early healing phases. Dr. Weber occasionally uses a drain for his facelift procedures. Typical procedure time is 1.5-2 hours.
Recovery from Facelift
Following the procedure, patients are brought to the postoperative recovery room where they are monitored by nursing and anesthesia staff members. Once the effects of sedation medications or surgical anesthesia wear off, patients are allowed to be driven home by a family member or friend. Symptoms that may present following the procedure include the following:
- Facial numbness
Dr. Weber goes over these symptoms in detail with patients during their initial consultation and before and after surgery. He prescribes pain medications and provides patients with detailed information that enables them to be as comfortable as possible following their procedure.
Patients return to Dr. Weber’s office the day following surgery for a dressing change and examination. After a 5 day recovery period, patients see Dr. Weber for their postoperative suture removal appointment. They are generally allowed to return to daily activities and exercise after this appointment. Although other people will not notice surgical swelling and incisions, it may take 2-3-months for patients to feel like their face has returned to normal in regards to skin texture and muscle and tissue tightness.
Facelift before and after
Results are first seen when postoperative swelling begins to decrease. As previously mentioned, research has shown that many patients are perceived as looking up to ten years younger following their procedure. This result is made possible by a combined improvement in the cheeks, mid-face, jowls, mouth, jawline, and neck.
Good Candidates for a Facelift procedure
Men and women who want to improve visible signs of aging in their face and/or neck are candidates for a facelift procedure. Like all plastic surgery procedures, a facelift is reserved for patients who are healthy, do not smoke, have no serious medical conditions, and have a positive mindset and realistic expectations.
Initial Consultation with Dr. Weber
At your initial consultation, Dr. Weber will take a thorough medical history and perform a physical examination. He will also take pictures for review and comparison purposes. Because a facelift is a highly individualized procedure, he will have a detailed discussion with you regarding your desires and expectations. After the discussion, he will provide you with options regarding the type of procedure he thinks will meet your goals. Should you have any questions or concerns, Dr. Weber will invite you to bring them up so that he can answer and address them.
I am not new to plastic surgery so I knew exactly what I was looking for in a facial plastic surgeon. After recommendations, research and consultations, I chose Dr. Weber for my face and neck lift. I must say, Dr. Weber is one amazing facial plastic surgeon.
Back in 1997 I had a facelift, brow-lift and upper and lower eyes. I was not impressed with the way I healed (basically horrible scarring). After visiting other plastic surgeons to get their opinion on what may have went wrong, I learned that the doctor pulled everything too tight and caused undo tension which ultimately left very wide scars in both my temple area and on top of my head. I can't begin to tell you how much time it took to correct the scarring.
Lucky for me, with time, 3 scar revisions and hair transplant, the outcome was ok and all in all, the lift has lasted for 14 years which is not bad when you think of it.
Needless to say, he ordeal left me very skiddish about getting another lift but I see the hands of time are at it again. While the PS still practices, I will use a different PS this time.
Thanks to RealSelf, I have picked out 2 surgeons and will have consultations with both in May as I hope to have the surgery performed in August.
I will keep you posted.
Frequently Asked Questions about Facelift
Can a facelift be combined with other procedures?
A facelift can be combined with other procedures, including the following:
- A browlift
- A neck left
- Eyelid surgery
- Chin and/ or cheek implants
Administration of dermal fillers and cosmetic injectables can also be incorporated into a facelift procedure. Typical reasons for combining a facelift with other procedures include addressing multiple issues during one surgical procedure, possibly reducing surgical costs, and maximizing one’s facial appearance.
Are there ways to maximize the results of a facelift?
Results can be maximized by simply taking care of one’s skin following the procedure. Applying sun protection and moisturizing lotion ensures that the skin stays protected and healthy and that results from surgery last. Patients who wish to maximize their results are also encouraged to maintain an active lifestyle and healthy diet.
When will my stitches be taken out?
Stitches are typically taken out at the second postoperative appointment, which occurs 5 days after surgery.
Will I have a visible scar?
Scars are always associated with surgery. However, the incisions Dr. Weber makes for a facelift are carefully and strategically placed so that the postsurgical scar is hidden in the sideburn area, within the ear canal, and along the back of the ear. In nearly all cases, scars go completely unnoticed.
When can I return to work? When can I start exercising?
Patients are usually allowed to return to work 7 days after surgery. It is usually safe to resume exercise one week after surgery.
What is a “turkey neck”? Can a facelift improve it?
“Turkey neck” is a term used to describe loose, baggy skin on the neck that is caused by sagging of the lower face and the appearance of jowls. If you are concerned about having a turkey neck, Dr. Weber will examine your neck and give you a list of treatment options that can improve your appearance. One treatment option that can remove a turkey neck is a facelift.
How do I know if I need a mini facelift or a comprehensive facelift?
A mini facelift is used to correct early signs of aging and a comprehensive facelift is used to correct multiple signs of aging. A minilift is highly effective for aging in the cheeks and jawline area while a more comprehensive lift procedure is usually required to remedy aging in the neck area. Determining which procedure is right for you is something that will be done at your initial consultation with Dr. Weber.
What is the typical age of patients who have facelifts?
Facelifts are commonly performed on patients ranging anywhere from 40 to 80 years old.
Do I have to stop smoking to have a facelift?
Smoking interferes with the body’s healing processes and should be stopped before and after surgery. Patients who wish to resume smoking after surgery should make note that smoking will decrease their results.
Will I be able to see before and after photos of patients that may be similar to me?
Of course! One of Dr. Weber’s top priorities is making sure you know exactly what type of results you can expect. He will be able to show you before and after photos of patients very similar to you.
Are there risks associated with a facelift?
There are risks associated with all surgical procedures. However, many patients find that the benefits of a facelift far outweigh the risks associated with the procedure. Before you make the decision to undergo a facelift, Dr. Weber will go over all of the risks and potential complications.
How do I choose a plastic surgeon I can trust?
Board certified plastic surgeons who specialize in facial procedures are the most qualified plastic surgeons to perform facelift procedures.
Is Dr. Weber board certified?
- Weber is a double board certified Facial Plastic Surgeon. His practice focus is on facelift and nonsurgical facial rejuvenation. When you make the decision to become one of Dr. Weber’s patients, you can look forward to being treated by a highly skilled, highly trained, and experienced Facial Plastic Surgeon.
Are there nonsurgical treatment options to improve visible signs of facial aging?
Nonsurgical treatment options, including dermal fillers, Kybella and Ultherapy, may be the right treatment option for some patients.
How do I determine if I am a surgical candidate?
Surgical candidates are patients who have visible signs of facial aging and are in good health. Additionally, surgery is only recommended when patients have realistic expectations regarding their recovery and results. If you would like to find out if you are a surgical candidate, the first step to take is to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Weber.
What should I bring to my initial consultation?
Dr. Weber recommends that you bring the following to your initial consultation:
- A list of all the medications you are on
- A list of all the drugs you are allergic to
- A list of any questions and concerns you have
If you would like to bring pictures of yourself for Dr. Weber to review, you may do so.
How do I arrange my initial consultation?
* Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.