A rhytidectomy is the medical term used to describe a facelift. A facelift helps to correct loose and sagging facial soft tissue caused by the natural aging of the neck, lower face and cheeks. Depending on surgical technique selected, the facelift may also address the mid face as well.
Always striving for the natural appearance, Dr. Parry adheres to the philosophy of a balanced approach to cosmetic and reconstructive surgery
- Tighten and reposition facial soft tissue to allow for a natural and refreshed appearance
- Correct sagging of loose skin and fatty tissue in the face and neck
- Diminish fine lines and wrinkles
Types of Facelifts
There are various types of facelift procedures that can be performed to achieve the desired goal. During your consultation, the preferred procedure will be selected based on the degree of aging, the patient’s desired result and the expectations of the patient.
Is a more limited version of the standard SMAS (submusculoaponeurotic system) facelift and is marketed by many different names. The mini facelift is the simplest and least effective facelift procedure for producing long term results. A mini facelift results in only a mild repositioning and lifting of the SMAS and does not address the nasolabial folds (the grooves that form from our nose to our mouth from sagging cheeks).
- Shorter operative and recovery time
- Can be performed in an office setting or operating room
- Reduced cost
- Less repositioning and lifting of the connective and muscular layers (SMAS)
- Minimal effect on the nasolabial folds and neck laxity producing limited and short duration results
- Patient with minimal aging looking for a modest result
Standard SMAS (submusculoaponeurotic system) Facelift
The standard SMAS (submusculoaponeurotic system) facelift is the most common type of facelift performed today for facial rejuvenation. The SMAS face lift concentrates on tightening the underlying fibrous and muscular layer which results in better repositioning and lifting of deep sagging facial soft tissue.
- More natural and longer lasting results than seen with mini facelift
- Mainly performed in the operating room, but can be performed in office
- Less repositioning and lifting of the of the connective and muscular layers (SMAS)
- Minimal effect on the nasolabial folds (the grooves that form from our nose to our mouth from sagging cheeks) versus deep plane facelift
- Patients with moderate aging who is looking for longer lasting results
Deep Plane Facelift:
Unlike the standard SMAS facelift which only tightens the fibrous and muscular layer under the skin, the deep plane facelift which is performed deep to the SMAS layer which addresses the deeper facial structures resulting in a more natural appearance and greater longevity.
The deep plane facelift is more technically challenging than a standard SMAS facelift and should only be performed by highly skilled surgeons, like Dr. Jim Parry, who has had facial plastic surgery fellowship training, extensive experience and a keen knowledge of deeper facial anatomy.
Under the guidance of Dr. Calvin Johnson, a world renowned facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Parry mastered the technique of the deep plane facelift
- Most natural and longer lasting results of all the facelifts
- More effective in restoring the nasolabial folds (the grooves that form from our nose to our mouth) and mid face region by directly repositioning the check fat pads and restoring our cheekbones shape
- Results in less unnatural tightening or pulling of the skin and a smoother neckline than other facelift procedures
- Slightly longer operative time than standard facelifts since it is addressing the deep facial structures
- Almost always done in the operating room
- Patients with moderate to severe aging who want the longest lasting, most natural looking results
How much downtime can I expect?
Head dressing and drains (if utilized) are removed the day after surgery. Sutures are removed between post-operative days 4 to 7. Follow up care will continue over the course of the following year. Most patients can return to work in 7 days.
How much swelling and bruising?
Most patients will experience some swelling and bruising which can last from 3 to 14 days depending on the type of facelift performed. The patient’s adherence to the post-operative instructions will also have a direct impact as well. Most bruising can be temporarily camouflaged with make-up.
How long will a facelift last?
There are many factors that will determine how long the results of the surgery will last to include the type of facelift, the health of the patient and the patient’s level of commitment to the post-operative care. The goal of this procedure is to return the patient to a more youthful appearance, turning back their clock 10-15 years. You will continue to naturally age but you should always appear 10-15 years younger than your chronological age.
What is better a facelift or fillers and injectables?
A facelift will result in a more dramatic result than fillers or injectables because of the repositioning of the underlying muscular/fibrotic layer and removal of excess skin with the facelift. Often time fillers or injectables are used in conjunction with a facelift to achieve the best results. During your consultation Dr. Parry will help you decide the best approach to achieve your goals.
How much pain will I experience post-operative?
Post-operative pain is minimal. Most patients only require over the counter pain relievers or mild prescription pain medications prescribed by Dr. Parry.
When can I go back to work or exercise?
The majority of patients can return to work in 7 days. To achieve the best results exercise should be avoided for 4 weeks after the procedure. Dr. Parry will personalize a recovery schedule for each patient.
How long does a facelift take and what is the cost?
The time can range from 2 to 5 hours depending on the type of facelift performed. Cost is dependent on type of facelift and whether its performed in the office setting versus the operating room.
Can I have other cosmetic procedures performed at the same time as my facelift?
Yes, often patients will elect to have additional procedures such as a browlift, rhinoplasty and/or eyelid surgery to save downtime and provide optimal results depending on the patient’s goals.
Will people know that I have had a facelift and will I have scars after my procedure?
Dr. Parry is a gifted and highly experienced double board certified, fellowship trained facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon. He always strives for a natural and balanced approach versus an overdone plastic look. Dr. Parry uses his surgical expertise in conjunction with post-operative care to ensure the scares are virtually invisible.
Have more questions?
During your consultation Dr. Parry will be able to discuss a Cleveland facelift in greater details. Contact us today to arrange for your Cleveland facial plastic surgery consultation.
Always trust your face to a double board certified, fellowship trained facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon