How Is A Facelift Performed?

Most people understand that a facelift is a popular procedure to lift and tighten the face. But do you know how a facelift is performed? Drs. Thompson and Henstrom, Utah plastic surgeons, both perform multiple facelift procedures weekly with incredible results. Here is some information on how a facelift is performed.

Types of Facelifts

There are different types of facelifts that are performed in different ways. Today we’re talking about what we call a full UFP facelift, which addressed the mid-face, lower face and neck. There are other options available that include a mini facelift, or MACSlift, that primarily addressed the mid-face and jowls as well as a FaceTite procedure. FaceTite utilizes radiofrequency heat to lift and contour the face and neck. Your surgeon may offer different options depending on your lifestyle, anatomy and anesthetic goals.

How a Facelift is Performed

General anesthetic is required for a full facelift, which our surgeons typically perform at Lakeview hospital in Bountiful, Utah. Once the patient is asleep, incisions are made from in front of the hairline and ear, all the way to the back side of the ear and into the posterior hairline.  The majority of the time there is also an incision under the chin for better access into the neck.

At that point, facial and neck tissues are elevated in a way to release them from deeper attachments and allow them to be lifted and supported in a superior direction. Permanent sutures are then placed in the elevated deeper muscles layers of the face to lift and suspend.  The strength of the lift is truly in lifting the deeper tissues and placing the tension on that tissue. Excess skin is then excised all around the incision and the incision is closed with sutures that will be removed over the intervening 7-10 days. We typically use 2 drains under the skin to help evacuate any excess fluid from under the tissues and help prevent a hematoma, a collection of fluid under the skin. By lifting all layers of the face and tissue, there is no tension on the skin, which is often why certain facelifts end up looking pulled or unnatural.

Additional procedures that may be performed at the same time as a facelift include neck liposuction, eyelid surgery, a browlift, chin implant and/or fat injections.

To learn more about facelift in SLC, Utah, call (801) 776-2220 or contact us HERE.

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