Full Face Lift

Full Face Lift / Mini Face Lift

As we age, the lines and furrows of your face become deeper and more pronounced, sometimes resulting in sagging skin around the neck and jaw line.

A full face lift is a surgical procedure that can help to resolve the issues of deep lines, furrows and sagging skin. It cannot correct conditions such as sagging eyebrows, droopy eyelids or wrinkles around the mouth, although many patients elect to have those areas corrected at the same time with other procedures such as a brow lift or eyelid lift. Liposuction of the neck and jaw line is also often performed as part of the full face lift procedure.

During your consultation with Dr. Cole, you and he will determine if you are a good candidate for a full face lift. He will also recommend which additional procedures will best address your concerns and enhance your results.

How is a Face Lift performed?

There are many variations of a face lift surgery — Dr. Cole specializes in the extended S-lift. This involves surgically lifting the skin of the face and tightening the muscle underneath, giving you a natural, refreshed appearance.

Sutures will remain in place during the first 1-2 weeks. To help prevent infection, do not use any cosmetics until Dr. Cole approves it. Numbness around the incision sites may occur but will resolve as your healing progresses. You will be able to see the full results of the Mini Facelift surgery anywhere from 4 months to a year after your surgery.

There will be several sets of sutures: underneath the skin to plicate the muscle for lift, with another two other sets on the outside of your skin to close the incision. We will sometime use skin clips behind the ear in the hairline in order to minimize hair loss.

Dr. Cole performs face lift surgeries under monitored anesthesia at our fully-accredited surgery center within our office or under general anesthesia at a related fully-accredited Medicare Approved Ambulatory Surgery Center located here in our building.

What is the downtime for a Face Lift?

Patients should plan on 2 weeks of downtime for a face lift, and 3 weeks to return to full activity. Plan for bruising and swelling, and the need for a compression wrap worn around the head during that time as well.

Sutures will remain in place during the first 2 weeks and due to the risk of infection, no cosmetics should be used until approved by Dr. Cole. Numbness may be experienced for 6 months to 1 year, which is completely normal, as the nerves have been partially separated and need time to heal. You will be able to see the full results of the Mini Facelift surgery anywhere from 4 months to a year.

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Cole about a face lift, please call us at 360.613.2600.


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