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Face Lift

Individuals who are past their youth may reminisce about the “golden years” when they didn’t have to worry about things like wrinkles, fine lines, or sagging skin. Fortunately, patients who are looking to rejuvenate their faces can turn to their plastic surgeon for guidance and advice. Fillers and toxins like BOTOX® Cosmetic can delay definitive facial surgery, but they cannot ever give nearly the long-lasting results and natural look that facial surgery can. We now understand that facial aging doesn’t just occur as a result of gravity pulling the facial tissues down; we also lose volume in our faces as a result of fat loss, thinning of muscle, and even thinning of the bone and gums. Facelift surgery can treat unwanted signs of aging by tightening deep facial tissues, restoring the lost volume, and removing loose skin for a natural and non-surgical appearance. Dr. Grotting and Dr. Cohn have developed techniques that result in a completely natural appearance. Facial plastic surgery should be undetectable!

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What Do You Desire?

Smoother Contours


Loss of facial volume can make a person look worn out and tired. An important part of facial rejuvenation is restoring the sunken areas of the face usually using the patient’s own fat.

Younger Appearance


Wrinkling and pigment changes can result in an unhealthy, aged appearance. Laser or chemical peels can address the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging, helping patients look up to 10 years younger.

Boost in Self-esteem


Many patients feel self-conscious about losing their youthful facial contours. With facelift surgery, patients can look and feel more confident about the way they look.

Procedure

Anesthesia


Facelift surgery is a cosmetic procedure performed on an outpatient basis using general anesthesia.
Most patients are more comfortable under a light general anesthetic, although we offer local anesthesia with sedation as well.

Facelift Technique


During your facelift procedure, incisions will be placed along the hairline and just behind the ears following natural creases and contours to keep the scarring hidden and undetectable.
The deep facial fat and muscles are lifted and tightened, and excess skin is trimmed. The facial tissues are restored to the position they had in youth. The skin is carefully trimmed to fit over the youthful contours and closed with a plastic surgical suture closure.

Commonly Combined Procedures


Dr. Grotting and Dr. Cohn often use fat grafting and laser resurfacing as part of their facelift surgery to give a more natural result and a softer, healthy appearance.

  • Fat grafting can restore volume to the face by treating hollow cheeks and wrinkles that have developed around the mouth and nose. Fat is harvested from various areas of the body using liposuction. The fat is then purified and injected into the face to provide you with fullness, definition, and smooth skin.
  • Laser rejuvenation is performed using laser energy that vaporizes the upper layers of damaged skin to help produce new skin cells and boost collagen production for smoother, more youthful skin.

Concerns

Consultation


During your scheduled consultation, Dr. Grotting or Dr. Cohn will be sure to address all your questions and concerns.
They will also examine your skin and facial structure to determine a plan that will best suit your aesthetic goals. Keeping the parts of the face in harmony is important in looking younger.

Recovery


Following your facelift surgery, swelling and bruising will occur but should resolve within three weeks.
Make sure to keep your head elevated for two weeks, especially while resting. Avoid all strenuous activities for at least four weeks or until your incisions have fully healed. You may return to work two weeks after your procedure unless instructed otherwise by Dr. Grotting or Dr. Cohn.

Scars


Dr. Grotting or Dr. Cohn will make sure to place your incisions in discreet locations.
Any visible scarring that does occur can be covered with makeup and will likely fade over time. We strive to make the facelift undetectable by anyone you are talking to. We just want you to look good!

Pain


You will experience some discomfort following your facelift surgery, but facial surgery is usually minimally painful.
Dr. Grotting or Dr. Cohn will prescribe you medication to help minimize the pain.

Testimonials

10/12/18

The procedure makes me look younger and therefore I like that and I feel younger. I like Doctor Cohn because he was down to earth and told me what to expect and the results were exactly what I expected. I think he did a great job for a woman my age and I would recommend him to anyone. I am extremely happy with the fat transfers he did which makes my face look youthful.

Frequently Asked Questions

It is common to combine your facelift surgery with eyelid surgery or facial resurfacing with a laser or chemical peel to treat wrinkles around the mouth and eyes. Brow shape can also be restored with fat grafting or a brow lift.

Ideal candidates for facelift surgery must be in good health, not smoke, and have realistic expectations about their results. Those who suffer from sagging and creasing along the lower two-thirds of their face are good candidates for this procedure. Sometimes, having facial rejuvenation earlier is preferable because the clock can be turned back a little further and the results will be enjoyed over a longer period of time. The most common age group is 50 to 70 years old, but we offer facial rejuvenation for younger and older patients as well.

Facelift patients can expect long-lasting results that will enhance their facial appearance and self-confidence. Early improvement will become apparent two or three weeks after surgery, with the results getting better month by month through the whole first year. We encourage facelift patients to continue under the care of our aestheticians to improve the quality of the skin. Good skin is the “icing on the cake.”

As with most procedures, there are some risks and complications associated with facelift surgery. These include:

  • Infection
  • Collection of blood in the cheeks or neck (hematoma)
  • Nerve injury (usually transient)
  • Prolonged swelling
  • Prominent scars that might be amenable to revision
  • Early relaxation of the skin, which can require re-tightening

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