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Also known as rhytidectomy, a facelift is a surgical procedure to improve visible signs of aging in the face and neck. Facelift procedures vary widely in magnitude or scope, but all serve to tighten the tissues of the face and neck, restoring a more youthful appearance and contour. Most patients requesting evaluation for a facelift feel that their facial features do not reflect their youthful spirit and energy level.

At Associates in Plastic Surgery, we provide customized facelift procedures in Baton Rouge specifically designed for each patient according to their needs and goals.

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How Does a Facelift Work?

A facelift is performed by making incisions near the ears, which will then allow access to the fat, muscle, and other tissue underneath. This will then help in lifting the tissue to smooth out the wrinkles. Excess skin is also removed, and the remaining skin is stretched over the target area, which tightens it.


Who Needs a Facelift?

A facelift is ideal for patients who want to have more youthful-looking skin and get rid of wrinkles. The patient must be in good health without any pre-existing conditions that could increase the chance of surgical complications. Patients should have realistic expectations.

Patients who drink too much alcohol or smoke too much are advised to cut back on the habit or quit altogether to enjoy the full benefits of this procedure.

Most candidates for a facelift procedure are around 50 years old, though people around 40 years old can also consider this surgery. Patients who are not satisfied with the results from minimally invasive skin-rejuvenation procedures can consider a facelift. Candidates must be willing to follow all recovery directions.

Your Facelift Consultation

A consultation consists of an evaluation of the facial anatomy, a discussion of the details of the surgery (including preparation and healing), and a viewing of before-and-after photos. Patients should tell their surgeon about any allergies they may have, along with any medications they are currently taking and all previous procedures they have undergone.

Before a facelift, patients must come in for a consultation with a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon. This consultation is the best way to ensure that your surgeon fully understands your aesthetic needs and goals for the procedure.

How to Prepare for Your Facelift Procedure

During your consultation, you will be given instructions to follow in order to prepare for your facelift surgery. The instructions may include temporarily stopping certain medications like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and certain herbal supplements. You may also need to adjust your medications or take additional medications to prepare for the surgery.

In addition, you need to stop smoking before the procedure and through the recovery period. There might also be certain skincare products that you need to apply in the weeks leading up to your facelift procedure.

It will be important to prepare for your recovery and healing process in advance. You will need to request time off from work. Arrange for a friend or a family member to drive you home after the procedure, and arrange for help around the house during the initial recovery period. Gather enough pillows to ensure that your head is properly elevated overnight.

Traditional Facelift

The traditional facelift method is ideal for those experiencing harsh signs of aging in the midface and lower face. These include sagging and deep age lines and folds in the face, jawline, and neck.

In the traditional facelift method, incisions are generally made around the ear, at the hairline, and below the chin for the most optimal and comprehensive results.

After the incisions are made, the skin and underlying tissues are lifted to create a naturally tighter and more contoured look. Excess tissues are removed. Finally, the incisions are closed with sutures.

Sutures will be removed in six to seven days during a follow-up appointment. The total downtime of the surgery is usually around ten days. Patients will be given instructions involving the correct cleaning of the affected areas during the recovery period. For the next few days, a high-calorie diet will be recommended to help speed up the recovery. Bruising and swelling are common but are temporary and can be addressed with cold compresses. Patients can expect minor discomfort for several days during the recovery period. Medication will be prescribed to prevent infection and to reduce pain/discomfort.

During recovery, it is best to keep the head elevated and to avoid physically taxing activities like sports and heavy exercise. Patients are advised to rest as much as possible for two to three weeks. Once all swelling has disappeared, the full results will be evident.

Mini Facelift

This is a simpler version of the traditional facelift. This surgery does not make use of larger incisions like in the traditional facelift, instead involving much smaller and shallower incisions. This allows the treatment to be less invasive.

These incisions are typically made near the ears at the hairline. The plastic surgeon then tightens the tissues of the face and removes excess tissues as needed. The results provide a smaller degree of rejuvenation, making it ideal for patients who are experiencing less prominent signs of aging.

Because this technique is less invasive than a traditional facelift, it requires less downtime – usually only about 48 hours. This means you can get it done on a Friday and get back to work on Monday, prompting the name “Weekend Facelift.” It also results in less post-operative bruising and swelling for a more comfortable recovery process.

What is the Cost of a Facelift?

Pricing for a Facelift includes doctor fees, hospital fees, and anesthesia.

*Prices may vary based on the specific needs of the patient and the scope of the procedure

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Ultimately, a facelift can allow you to turn back the hands of time to better reflect your youthful personality. If you are interested in a facelift, consult with your Associates in Plastic Surgery surgeon to determine which procedure is best for you. Contact us today to arrange a consultation.


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