Longlasting Rejuvenation with Facelift Surgery

Drooping jowls, sagging facial skin, and wrinkles add years to your appearance. For many men and women, the way they appear on the outside does not match how old they feel on the inside.

We can help. Facelift surgery, or rhytidectomy, is commonly performed at Quintessa in the Madison and Milwaukee areas, to help reverse the signs of aging and drastically improve the appearance of the face and jaw. During facelift surgery, Dr. Andrew Campbell uses advanced techniques to restore a more youthful appearance to the face without creating the traditional tell-tale signs of surgery. Results are more permanent and dramatic than traditional creams, serums, lasers and injectables - though, a combination may be recommended.

This is a natural-looking way of looking as young on the outside as you feel on the inside.

Plan your procedure

Type of Procedure Surgical
Recover Time 1-2 days, sutures removed in less than 1 week
Procedure Time 1-2 hours
Recovery Information Out-patient, bruising fades in 2 weeks

Facelift Surgery Before and After

About Facelifts

The aging process takes its toll on our facial appearance through a loss of tissue volume, skin elastic support and sun damage. We frequently hear patient complain that they don’t recognize the aged face they see in the mirror and what their face to match their youthful internal age. A facelift procedure is the gold standard for returning the tissue to their proper location and tightening the skin to create a natural appearance. There are several different variations depending on your individual needs and desires. The most important factor is that the deep SMAS layer is addressed and lifted.  This can be done through both a “mini” lift incision, or a more extensive full facelift incision. Dr. Campbell approaches facelifts more conservatively to rejuvenate your facial tissues while not creating the windswept or overlying tightened look.

Facelifts can be combined with brow lifts, eyelid surgery and fat transfer for total facial rejuvenation.

WHY facelift surgery?

By elevating the tissue in a deeper plane than traditional facelifts, and paying particular attention to the muscles and fat under the chin, a more significant and more natural-appearing rejuvenation occurs. Mini-facelift patients are treated in the office setting using local anesthetic and return home immediately after the procedure.

ARE YOU A CANDIDATE?

While most patients are between the ages of 40 and 70, our doctors suggest that patients have a facelift at the first signs of aging while the facial tissue still has significant elasticity. This allows the results of a facelift to last longer.

Best Candidates

A facelift can be considered at any point when you start to notice the effects of aging. Most people wait until they’re in their early 60s but some undergo mini-lifts earlier in their 40s.

Ideal candidates are healthy men and women who desire improvements in the following:

  • Loose skin of the face and neck
  • Jowls
  • Submental fullness or neck fat
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Midface volume loss

Dr. Campbell is an expert in identifying ideal facelift candidates. During your consultation, they will examine your face, paying close attention to the degree of sagging, as well as your skin texture, elasticity, and overall facial esthetics. This assessment will help them understand which areas of the face need improvement whether it's the jowls, age-related volume loss in the middle of the face, pronounced smile lines, or excess and loose skin around the neck.

They will visualize the final result and discuss beneficial adjuvant treatments as well as any limitations of rejuvenation, if any. A plan will then be discussed on how to best achieve the patient's desired results. Commonly, multiple treatments can be combined to give the patient the rejuvenation of their dreams.

THE FACELIFT PROCEDURE

Dr. Campbell does not perform facelift procedures in the traditional sense. The direction of the traditional lift is not natural and places too much tension on the skin, causing widened scars, pulled earlobes, and results that often leave patients with an operated or unnatural appearance with limited longevity.

To avoid this, Quintessa performs facelift surgeries in an outpatient surgical center. During the surgery, our doctors make incisions in front of and behind the ears, and along the hairline. These type of incisions are made to prevent changes in the hairline and to minimize any visible scars for a more natural appearance. Then, another incision is made under the chin and is used to tighten the underlying platysma facial muscle. The deeper layer of the face, called the SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system), is released from its attachments, then elevated and secured in a more aesthetically pleasing position.

Due to the SMAS being released from the ligamentous attachments and secured in such a position, the lift can be performed in a very natural direction. If the SMAS is not separated from these ligaments, the facelift is compromised and the direction of pull is limited. This lifting tension occurs on the deeper SMAS layer of the skin. This allows for extremely thin and inconspicuous scars. Furthermore, the lift is more upward, and less “sweeping” than a traditional facelift, allowing for a very natural appearance. This creates an impressive rejuvenation of the face without creating a stretched or operated look. The facelift procedure typically takes several hours to complete.

After the facelift, the double chin vanishes, the jowls disappear, and the lines in the cheek area are diminished, all adding to a more youthful appearance.

There are many different techniques and variations of facelifts and a lot of the terminology can become confusing and it just comes down to marketing. During your consultation with our doctors, we will evaluate your individual concerns and needs and determine the best procedure for you. If you have early signs of aging a mini-lift maybe all that’s required to restore your facial contour. However, if you have more extensive loose neck and facial skin a more advance technique may be required to give you the result you desire.

Preparing for Your Procedure

As with any procedure, you should stop any medication or supplements that are not essential for 10-14 days prior to decrease your risk of bleeding complications. Please refer to your list of medications to avoid and always check with your doctor prior to stopping medications.

Revision Facelift Techniques

Revision facelifts are performed on patients who have previously undergone facelift surgery and are either unhappy with the results, or enough time has passed and they are ready for another. Quintessa's advanced surgical techniques give our doctors the ability to perform revision facelifts with the same degree of rejuvenation and natural appearance as our primary facelifts.

There is no other technique that can provide a natural look for revision facelift patients. These surgical techniques enable us to truly reverse some of the telltale signs or “surgical look” of previous, less sophisticated procedures.

FACELIFT SURGERY RECOVERY

Patients frequently go home the same day after facelift surgery. With the assistance of an anesthesiologist, a lighter version of anesthesia is all that is required. A light dressing will be in place when you wake up and this will be removed by your doctor the following day in clinic.

Most patients will have a small drain behind the ear to remove excess fluid from under the skin. This drain is removed the following day. Drains can reduce the amount of bruising and swelling and speed up your recovery process. Most people have minimal pain and are ready to be social in 10-14 days. You should avoid rigorous exercise for at least 2 weeks but we encourage you to be up and walking several times throughout the day. Pain medication and sleeping aids are provided to assure comfort during recovery.

The majority of our facelift patients are up and about the day after surgery. Sutures are able to be removed six days after surgery. However, bruising and swelling may take up to two weeks to resolve. Makeup is commonly worn to hide bruising that may occur. Quintessa carries specialized make-up specifically designed to cover bruising, and our trained experts can advise you on the best camouflage techniques and which products to use.

FACELIFT RESULTS

Facelift results last a lifetime, but the face will continue to age. After 10 to 20 years, you may develop excess skin and facial laxity again. Also, a facelift only affects the lower portion of the face and does not address the eye, brow or forehead areas. Furthermore, it does not change the texture of the skin. However, other procedures may be combined with a facelift to accommodate these areas that have not yet been treated.

To improve skin texture, a laser resurfacing procedure is frequently performed at the same setting. Other procedures, such as the browlift and eyelift, may be combined with a facelift for a more complete treatment and overall improvement. This comprehensive approach to facial rejuvenation provides a more harmonious effect and prevents the facial disharmony some individual treatments can cause. Due to the harmonious effect comprehensive rejuvenation provides, Dr. Campbell most commonly performs this technique on patients requesting facial rejuvenation.

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