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Facelift – A Comprehensive Overview

A facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic surgery meant to lift and tighten facial tissues. During a facelift, surgeons remove sagging facial skin for the purpose of reshaping and rejuvenating the lower face and neck. The procedure addresses signs of aging, restoring definition and tone while smoothing away wrinkles and folds.

Am I a Good Candidate?

A person who plans for a rhytidectomy procedure must quit smoking completely, since it interferes with the healing process. Ideal facelift patients are in good overall health, and people who have serious medical issues like diabetes and high blood pressure should not consider facelift procedures.

Your Facelift Consultation

Patients begin with a surgical consultation to discuss desires/goals and to answer questions about the procedure. During this process, the surgeon will perform an examination and discuss medical history. This includes any allergies, any medications currently being taken, any preexisting conditions, and any past procedures.

Patients may be interested in combining their facelift with another facial-rejuvenation procedure like the brow lift or the eye lift. These are known as combination surgeries and can be discussed with your surgeon during consultation.

In order to prepare for the procedure, the use of blood thinners and aspirin should be discontinued a week prior to the surgery. This helps to avoid complications.

The Facelift Procedure

Facelift surgery is performed under general anesthesia. The surgery is a two-to-five-hour-long procedure. Incisions are made and the skin and underlying tissue is redistributed and tightened across the face in order to give the face a less droopy appearance. Additional incisions can be made under the chin if needed. Incisions are closed using sutures and are well hidden along the hairline and behind the ears.

The Recovery and Healing Process

The facelift does not require a hospitalization; patients are normally sent home after the procedure to rest and heal. Patients recover in two weeks and should avoid strenuous activities for four weeks. Stitches are normally removed after five to ten days during a follow-up appointment.

Patients may be prescribed medication to relieve any discomfort due to tenderness. A healthy lifestyle and a good skincare regimen (Obagi or Epionce lines, for example) will ensure that the results of the procedure last as long as possible.

How Much Does a Facelift Cost?

The cost of facelift depends on factors such as total time needed to perform the surgery, facelift techniques, anesthesia fees, and more.

Get Started Today

At Idaho Eyelid & Facial Plastic Surgery, our skilled medical professionals regularly perform facelift procedures for patients in the Treasure Valley and beyond. Schedule your consultation by contacting our office.

Featured Testimonial

“In November 2019, I had a neck/face lift surgery at Idaho Eyelid and Facial Plastic Surgery. My experience was fantastic. Two points I would like to make. First, the teamwork between Dr. Boerner and Heather Anderson, his surgical assistant, was very complimentary. They worked well together and Heather was always available to answer my questions and concerns. Secondly, Dr. Boerner does amazing work and was very thoughtful and meticulous in his execution. Most importantly, my surgical result is very natural… that was my priority. Also, Heather took great care in making sure the healing process was as easy as it could be, through recommending arnica and other products to reduce bruising. Highly recommend this office, and happy to make referrals through town!”


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