Facelift Questions-Answers

If you are considering a facelift, there are many factors to consider. Dr. Stephanie Beidler Teotia gives you answers to commonly asked facelift questions. 

Q: I heard I could get a facelift under local anesthesia. Is this true?

A:  Yes, in mild cases the mini facelift can be performed in the clinic under local anesthesia.

Q: I am 4 weeks post op (facelift) and still look worse than before the surgery. Any suggestions?

A:  It is always disappointing to not have the appearance that you desired following surgery. However, I would not lose hope. Significant swelling is not uncommon one month following extensive facial surgery.

Q: I only want my neck improved. Is this possible without a facelift? 

A:  Yes, in some patients the neck can be tightened with a neck lift. This procedure usually involves making an incision below the chin and tightening the underlying muscle layer in the middle. Incisions are also made around the ear. Excess tissue is removed through these incisions. Liposuction of the neck may also be used. 

Q: How long will the effects of a facelift last vs. fillers?

A: Fillers are temporary solutions for adding volume to deflated tissues and typically last one year. The results of a surgical facelift will last for years, though the longevity depends on several factors. 

Q: My eyes make me look tired. What can be done?

A:  A blepharoplasty can correct this problem. In upper eyelid surgery, an incision is made along the crease (natural fold) of the eyelids. After the incision is made, excess fat is possibly removed and/or repositioned. Then, the loose muscle and the skin are removed. In lower eyelid surgery, the surgeon makes the incision in an inconspicuous site along the lash line and the crows feet of the lower lid. Excess fat, muscle, and skin are trimmed, and the incision is closed with fine sutures.

Q: Am I too old for a facelift?

A: As long as you are in good physical health, you can have a facelift.