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Facelift

Facial Rejuvenation (Facelift)

Facial Rejuvenation (Facelift)

Over time gravity, sun exposure, and the stresses of daily life take their toll on our faces: deep creases appear beside the mouth, the jaw line slackens, and folds and fat deposits appear on the neck. Facelifts counteract these problems by removing fat and tightening skin and muscles, giving your face and jaw line a fresher, more youthful look. After surgery, some patients can appear 10-15 years younger.

A facelift can be combined with a necklift, browlift, eyelid surgery or nose reshaping for more dramatic results. Incisions are created in inconspicuous places such as behind the hairline and in natural folds of the face and ears, and scars fade to near invisibility in time. Results of a facelift do not last forever, but in another sense, the effects are permanent: years later, your face will continue to look better than if you had never had the procedure.

Facial Rejuvenation (Facelift)

The QR (Quick Recovery) Mini-Lift is a modified facelift developed by Dr. Liebertz with shorter post-operative down time and faster healing time than a traditional “deep-plane” facelift. It was created for those who need less time away from their busy schedules and who are not quite ready for a full traditional facelift. Focusing on repositioning the facial ligaments and musculature beneath the skin (the superficial musculoaponeurotic system, or SMAS), the QR Mini-Lift concentrates on the lower third of the face to tighten and re-contour the jowls and jaw line region. Unlike “Lifestyle” lifts or “Feather” lifts, the QR Mini-Lift provides significant results that last for years, and most patient’s can expect to be back up and running in well under two weeks. The QR Mini-Lift utilizes the same technique and has the same longevity of a traditional facelift, but generally addresses a smaller area of concern to the patient.


Facelift Procedure


Mini facelifts take approximately two hours and are performed under general anesthesia with a licensed anesthesia provider. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, and you go home the same day.

Meticulous incisions are hid behind the hairline and through the nooks and crannies of your natural ear contours. The skin is elevated off the underlying facial ligaments and muscles (called the SMAS, or superficial musculoaponeurotic system). The SMAS is tightened, and the skin re-draped over the newly contoured face. Excess skin is removed, the skin edges are expertly closed with specific sutures, and a sterile dressing is applied.


Facelift Recovery


After surgery, a light compression dressing is worn overnight on the head and neck. The dressing is removed the next morning in the office. Sutures are then removed five days and eight days after the procedure. Recovery time ranges from seven to fourteen days. Strenuous activity, including all “cardio” exercise, is limited for six weeks. Blood thinners such as aspirin, NSAIDS (ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve, Motrin, etc), fish oil, vitamin E, and others are to be avoided for at least two weeks after surgery. Your doctor will give you specific instructions for your individual recovery, and following these instructions can help speed your recovery and reduce the risk of post-operative complications.


Facelift Results


Facelifts improve and restore a youthful appearance to the lower one-third of the face. They address excessive jowling, slackening of the jaw line, and sagging of the cheeks. It can enhance a patient’s appearance and confidence. Results are seen immediately upon removal of the dressings, and will improve as facial swelling subsides over the next three to seven days. Scars fade over time with significant long-term results settling in after four to six weeks.


Facelift Risks


Though rare, post-operative complications from any surigical procedure are possible. They may include infection, bleeding, blood clots, and poor healing (including scarring), all which may require further surgery.

Risks specific to facial surgery also include asymmetry, numbness or parasthesias (tingling or pins-and-needles feeling), and damage to the facial nerve resulting in partial or complete facial paralysis.


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5209 Lake Washington Blvd NE, Suite 115, Kirkland, WA 98033
425.822.0300
Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sarah E. McMillan, M.D. & Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Daniel J. Liebertz, M.D.
Serving Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, Sammamish, Mercer Island, Woodinville, Redmond, Bothell, Monroe WA, Edmonds, Lynnwood, and the surrounding areas.