Come to St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery for a specialized facelift procedure. Our surgeons will evaluate your skin quality, skin thickness, and skin elasticity to determine what facelift procedure is right for you. This procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia, and the initial incision is usually along your hairline, near your temples, around your ears, and/or on the lower scalp.
BENEFITS OF A FACELIFT
TYPES OF FACELIFTS
During your consultation with one of our four surgeons, you will discuss your procedure goals and options. Your surgeon will recommend a procedure plan that aligns with your goals and fits your specific case needs. If you are ready to schedule your consultation, click the button below.
The full facelift addresses everything on the face that is below the eyelids down to the neck. The incision is in front of temporal hairline, hides in contour of ear and goes up behind ear and along hairline.
The mini facelift or Next Day Lift, addresses the lower portions of the face. The scar for this procedure stays behind the ear.
The deep plane facelift technique releases the retaining ligaments of the face to allow full mobilization of the deep muscle. Rather than pulling the skin to tighten the appearance, the muscle is corrected which gives a natural and not tight appearance.
BEFORE AND AFTER
Immediately after surgery, you can expect a drain on either side of the neck-- this is about the size of an IV tube and pulls out extra fluid to allow the tissues to heal together after surgery. You will also be in a large dressing to protect the facial incisions. Both the drain and the dressing are removed the morning after surgery and the dressing is replaced with a lower profile jaw strap, which is to be worn all day for at least a week, up to two weeks-- this helps control swelling and speed healing. Swelling and bruising after surgery are moderate and increased for the first 3-4 days, then decreases.
For the first week, patients will generally not want to go out much. The sutures are removed around day 7, and swelling and bruising are resolving.
At one month, patients look and feel pretty great with some residual swelling. Patients are usually photo-ready by week 8.