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Facelift


A facelift is one of the most common procedures performed in all of facial plastic surgery. As we age, laxity begins to show up in the form of excess skin in the neck and face, leading to sagging skin in the front of the neck and the jowl formation along the jawline.  A facelift works by repositioning the tissues under the skin into a more youthful position and trimming off the excess skin that has accumulated.

At Renew Facial Plastic Surgery we meticulously plan each facelift so that the incisions are concealed in the natural skin creases and wrinkles of the face, so that nobody will ever suspect you had a facelift. We work meticulously to ensure that you have a natural, youthful appearance without ever giving that dreaded pulled appearance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently liposuction is performed in conjunction with your facelift to help remove excess fat from under the chin and neck. Liposuction helps sculpt this area and improves the contour of the neckline after the facelift.
There are many versions of the so-called mini-facelift and it goes by multiple names - “Mini-lift”, “Short Scar Facelift”, “Weekend Lift”, etc. It is important to understand that although the names sound similar, not all of these procedures are performed the same way or through the same incisions. Generally speaking a mini-lift involves incisions in front of and behind the ears, and is a good option for patients with minimal laxity in the neck and jowl.  Before deciding on a mini-lift you should have a thorough evaluation by your surgeon to ensure this type of facelift will provide the results you desire.
Bruising after a facelift is dependent on the type of lift that you have, your anatomy, blood pressure and medication use. Dr. Wudel works to minimize bruising by careful control of all bleeding during surgery and compression dressings after the procedure.  Dr. Wudel does not routinely place drains during a facelift procedure, but you may need to have small drains placed overnight to prevent fluid from collecting under the skin. If drains are placed they will be removed on your first post-operative visit the day after your procedure. You can help minimize bruising by:

  • Avoiding aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen 14 days prior to surgery
  • Notifying Dr. Wudel if you are on Plavix®, Warfarin® or other anticoagulants prior to surgery so we can consult with your primary care physician to manage these medications prior to your surgery
  • Avoiding all fish oil, garlic, ginko, ginseng, and Vitamin E supplements 14 days prior to surgery