What Is A Facelift?

A facelift has remained the ‘gold standard‘ of facial rejuvenation, correcting sagging in the midface, marionette lines, double chin, and jowls. It is a comprehensive approach for treating wrinkles and sagging and ranges from a minimally invasive ‘lunchtime lift’ to a more sophisticated and extensive surgery. During the procedure, excess skin is removed, the underlying muscle and tissue is tightened and re-draped over the neck and face.

Am I A Good Candidate For A Facelift?

You are a good candidate for a facelift if you have:

  • Sagging in your jawline and/or midface
  • Nasolabial folds (nose to the corners of the mouth)
  • Marionette lines (mouth down to the chin)
  • Facial volume has fallen/displaced
  • Loss of muscle tone, double chin
  • Creasing, and sagging on the neck

You must have realistic expectations from your surgery, a few patients may require secondary surgery to achieve their desired goals. Dr. Bohley recommends this procedure for individuals with deep wrinkles who wish to soften the signs of aging and personally performs pre-surgical evaluations and consultations to fully understand his Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington patients’ concerns and aesthetic goals. He works closely with his facelift patients in order to create personalized treatment plans that yield stunning results.

Facelift FAQs

Does a facelift make you look younger?

Yes, a facelift is an excellent way to take years off your appearance, with many patients saying they look about 10 years younger.

How can I tighten loose skin on my face?

There are a few non-invasive skin tightening procedures, such as the Sciton Halo laser, but the most effective way to get rid of excess skin is with a facelift.

How do I prepare for a facelift?

Dr. Bohley will provide you with detailed instructions for how to prepare for a facelift during your consultation. This usually includes refraining from smoking, alcohol, and certain medications prior to your surgery date.

How do I tighten my jawline?

Either a facelift or a neck lift may be the best approach to provide you with a more contoured, tighter jawline depending on your specific conditions and goals.

How do you reduce swelling after a facelift?

Dr. Bohley uses compression garments and recovery instructions like refraining from strenuous activity and keeping the head elevated to help reduce swelling.

How do I reduce swelling in my face?

After a facelift, you can reduce swelling by using cold compresses, keeping your head elevated, and wearing compression garments as instructed.

How long after a facelift can I exercise?

Most patients can resume their exercise routines about five weeks after a facelift. However, you should keep up with gentle exercise like walking throughout your facelift recovery.

How long does it take for bruising on the face to go away?

Bruises typically go away about 1-2 weeks after a facelift.

How long do ears hurt after facelift?

The ears may feel sore after a facelift. This side effect should last no more than six weeks.

How long does facelift last?

With proper care, facelift results can last up to 15 years.

What Is The Recovery From A Facelift?

Even though your surgeon will advise you about your individual recovery time and activity levels, be prepared to wait around six months for complete healing. For the first 48 hours, you will have compression bandaging and drains covering your face and scalp. Swelling can be controlled by elevating your head for two weeks. For at least four weeks you must avoid diving, swimming, water skiing, or athletic activity. Please call our office if you have any questions during your recovery period.

What Will Be My Results From A Facelift?

Even though the longevity of your results depends on the quality of your skin, genetics, and maintenance; the one factor that determines it the most is the technique of a facelift. A mini facelift (S-lift), recovery is fast and it lasts up to five years. A full facelift has a longer recovery time period and the results last over 10 years. The more extensive the procedure, the longer you will enjoy the results.