Full Face Lift

Facelift Cosmetic Surgery

Facelift surgery, sometimes referred to as rhytidectomy, is a type of cosmetic surgery that focuses on eliminating wrinkles and signs of aging located in the bottom two-thirds of the face. A facelift can greatly reduce wrinkles by removing loose skin and tightening the underlying muscles of the face to take up to 10 years off a patients’ appearance.

At Cole Aesthetic Center, we specialize in comprehensive anti-aging treatments with a dedication for helping our patients look and feel better all-around. If you are bothered by the presence of fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging, then board-certified Dr. Eric A. Cole can help you turn back the clock with a tailor-made facelift procedure.

Who Is a Good Candidate for a Facelift?

Ideal candidates for facelift surgery are men and women in their 40s, 50s or 60s who do not smoke and have moderate to profuse signs of aging. While there is no official age limit on when facelift surgery may be performed, most patients are between the ages of 40 and 70. Generally speaking, younger patients tend to heal better and recover more quickly from cosmetic surgery, although older patients should consult with Dr. Cole first before determining their available treatment options.

Facelift surgery addresses common signs of aging located in the lower face, including:

  • Loose neck skin and jowls
  • Wrinkled skin around the mouth and jawline
  • Excess fatty deposits in the lower cheeks and neckline

A facelift will not address crow’s feet, excess eyelid skin or forehead wrinkles. Dr. Cole can address other areas of the face using additional treatment options like facial fat transfer and injectable fillers, brow lifts, and eyelid cosmetic surgery, often during the same procedure.

Younger patients who are experiencing premature signs of aging or who are dissatisfied with their appearance are generally better-suited for noninvasive and minimally invasive treatments. Injectable fillers and Botox are commonly used by patients of all ages due to their effectiveness and versatility. Dr. Cole discusses all available treatment options with his patients after evaluating their individual concerns during an initial consultation.

How Is Facelift Surgery Performed?

Facelift surgery is performed under monitored anesthesia care (or MAC) to ensure patients are completely comfortable during the duration of the procedure and experience no pain. Once the patient has been numbed, Dr. Cole makes an incision around the front of the ears. Dr. Cole specializes in the extended S-lift facelift, which uses an S-shaped incision that extends from the hairline of the temples, across the front of the ear and around the back of the earlobe. All incisions are carefully placed to remain nonvisible among the hairline and natural folds of the ears.

Once the incisions have been made, Dr. Cole may perform liposuction to remove excess fat from the lower face and neck, sculpting a tighter and sleeker jawline. The underlying muscles and connective tissues of the face are then sutured into a more uplifted position to create a lasting improvement in appearance that extends beneath the surface of the skin.

After the underlying tissues have been repositioned, the skin is pulled tight to eliminate wrinkles and unsightly skin folds. Any excess, overhanging skin is trimmed away before Dr. Cole sutures the incisions shut. Multiple sets of sutures are used underneath and outside of the skin to prolong results and create a more natural appearance.

Facelift surgery varies greatly on a patient-by-patient basis, with each patient requiring a differing amount of liposuction, skin removal or muscle repositioning. The length of the procedure can last between two and five hours, and most patients are able to return home immediately following their surgery.

What Is the Downtime for a Facelift?

Rhytidectomy is a surgical procedure that requires a period of dedicated recovery to ensure patients experience optimal results and heal safely. Patients who follow Dr. Cole’s aftercare guidelines should expect to return to work and most normal activities in 14 days or when sutures are removed. Patients should arrange for friends or family members to assist them during their first several days of recovery. A full recovery from facelift surgery takes about three to four weeks, with most patients able to resume all normal activities, including strenuous activities and exercise, around four weeks after their procedure.

Side effects include swelling, bruising, discomfort, numbness and a sensation of tightness. Most visible side effects will heal within the first week or two. Numbness can last for six months to a year before sensation and feeling return completely to the treated areas of the face. Swelling will quickly diminish, although residual swelling will linger for several months.

Results will be evident immediately following surgery as the skin appears tighter, smoother and more youthful, although visible side effects will temporarily distort the improved appearance. Final results will take about four to six months to develop completely once swelling has fully diminished and the incisions have healed over. The scars will be placed inconspicuously to avoid visibility and will take 12 to 18 months to fully mature.

Every patient’s facelift results will last for a varying amount of time, depending on their age, the condition of their skin before surgery and their care and maintenance of their skin. We will work with you to create a maintenance regimen, maximizing and prolonging the benefits of the facelift procedure. Most patients’ results last between five and 10 years. While a facelift is one of the most effective tools in cosmetic medicine for fighting the effects of aging, it does not halt the process completely. Dr. Cole offers a full range of anti-aging and rejuvenating treatments to supplement his patients’ results and ensure they enjoy their more youthful appearance well into the future.

Cole Aesthetic Center

At Cole Aesthetic Center, your facelift will be performed by Dr. Cole, a board-certified ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Our facelift procedures are carried out in fully-accredited surgery centers located in the same building as our offices, ensuring you receive the safest and most convenient treatment possible. Your safety and satisfaction are our utmost priority, and we look forward to working with you to create a personal treatment plan that helps you love the way you look for years to come.

To learn more about the cosmetic and anti-aging treatment options offered at Cole Aesthetic Center and schedule your consultation with Dr. Cole, call us today at 360-613-2600.


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