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faceliftYour face holds all the unique features that make you, you.  One of the biggest compliments that you can receive is for someone to guess you to be younger than you are.  But, as the first signs of aging appear in your face, whether it is sagging skin, fine lines, wrinkles and creases, or a loss of volume and muscle tone, the guess becomes more accurate than we prefer.  You want your face to portray how you feel inside, sprightly and vivacious.  Unfortunately, as time passes, youthful qualities in the skin can diminish due to the loss of elasticity, rapid weight loss, lifestyle and environmental factors.  A rhytidectomy, also known as a facelift, is a surgical procedure to improve visible signs of aging in the face and neck.  Wrinkles are tightened and smoothed while excess and sagging skin are removed.  You may not be able to stop the aging process, but a facelift can most certainly result in a more youthful you.


A rhytidectomy is performed under general anesthesia.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is a facelift right for me?

    A facelift can only be performed surgically; non-surgical rejuvenation treatments cannot achieve the same results.  Alternative rejuvenation treatments may help delay the time at which a facelift becomes appropriate and may compliment the results of surgery.


    A facelift is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try and fit any sort of ideal image.


    Good candidates are:

    • Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
    • Non-smokers
    • Individuals with a positive outlook and have specific but realistic goals in mind for the improvement of your appearance
  • Where are the incisions made during a facelift?

    Depending on the degree of change you would like to see, your facelift choices include a traditional facelift, limited incision facelift or a neck lift.  Dr. Vartany will advise you at the time of your personalized consultation which of these options will work best for the result you hope to achieve.


    Traditional Facelift

    A traditional facelift incision often begins in the hairline at the temples, continues around the ear and ends in the lower scalp.  Skin is re-draped over the uplifted contours and excess skin is trimmed away.  A second incision under the chin may be necessary to further improve an aging neck. Sutures or skin adhesives close the incisions.


    Limited Incision

    An alternative to a traditional facelift uses shorter incisions at the temples, continuing around the ear and possibly within the lower eyelids or under the upper lip.


    Neck Lift

    Sagging jowls, loose neck skin and fat accumulation under the chin may be corrected with a neck lift.  The neck lift incision often begins in front of the ear lobe and wraps around behind the ear ending in the lower scalp.

  • What may I expect during my personalized facelift consultation

  • How will I need to prepare for my facelift surgery?

  • Are there additional preparations specific to my facelift surgery?

    Beginning five days prior to surgery, thoroughly cleanse your face, neck and ears three times a day for at least five minutes each time.  Make-up and skincare creams may be applied between these cleansings.


    The day before surgery, wash your face, neck and ears with anti-bacterial soap (Dial, Safeguard, Phase III, etc.), three times for at least five minutes each time.


    The evening prior to surgery, shampoo your hair with baby shampoo.  After the hair is dry, wrap it in a towel, turban or scarf, and wear this to the surgery center.  There is no need to set or style your hair.  If you tint, dye, or bleach your hair, this should be done no later than 48 hours prior to surgery.

  • Will I be bruised or swollen following the procedure?

    Bruising and swelling is nearly unavoidable after a surgical procedure however, Dr. Vartany uses very delicate techniques during the procedure to minimize the bruising and swelling after the surgery.

  • What may I expect during my recovery?

  • Are there additional aspects to my facelift recovery?

    Once your procedure is complete, you may have a bandage gently placed around your face to minimize swelling and bruising.


    Small, thin tubes with drains attached may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect.  If drains are necessary for your procedure, they will need to be emptied twice daily.  A form will be provided for you to log the amount of fluid being drained from each side, both morning and night.  Your drains will be removed, in the office, once the fluid output goes down.  This is generally 2-3 days after surgery.


    You may not shower while your drains are in place.

  • How much time should I take off of work?

    You will need to allow for approximately 10 - 14 days off from work for this procedure.

  • What are some procedures that may compliment a facelift?

  • Important Facts about the Safety and Risks of Rhytidectomy

    Dr. Vartany will explain, in detail, the risks associated with Rhytidectomy.  It will be your personal choice in determining if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable.

    You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure and any risks or potential complications.


    The risks include:

    • Unfavorable scarring
    • Bleeding (hematoma)
    • Infection
    • Poor wound healing
    • Anesthesia risks
    • Correctable hair loss at the incisions
    • Facial nerve injury with weakness
    • Facial asymmetry
    • Skin loss
    • Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
    • Fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis)
    • Fluid accumulation
    • Pain, which may persist
    • Skin contour irregularities
    • Skin discoloration, sensitivity or swelling
    • Sutures may spontaneously surface through the skin, become visible or produce irritation that require removal
    • Unsatisfactory results may include asymmetry, unsatisfactory surgical scar location, unacceptable
    • visible deformities at the ends of the incisions (It may be necessary to perform additional surgery to improve your results)
    • Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
    • Possibility of revisional surgery
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*Individual results may vary.