Rhytidectomy (Facelift)

The facelift is one of the most popular facial rejuvenation procedures for both men and women. People who feel that their face has become "jowly," that their neck has "fallen," or that the skin beneath their chin is sagging, may benefit from a facelift, which can restore these areas to a more youthful contour. Using the most current techniques for tightening the underlying muscle, as well as for removing excess skin and fat, Dr. Swanson restores a more youthful, but still natural, appearance to the face. Her patients benefit from her experience, receiving optimal results with minimal swelling, bruising, and recovery time. Often, the facelift is done in conjunction with other facial rejuvenation procedures such as eyelid lift and TCA skin peel.

With a facelift, it is important that patients allow themselves a good two weeks of recovery time. Although patients will be up and moving within a couple of days, they need to avoid strenuous activity for a couple of weeks. This allows healing to proceed properly and reduces the possibility of complications. Dr. Swanson monitors her patients’ healing very carefully in follow-up visits, advising her patients when they should increase their level of activity. Constant care throughout the recovery process ensures that Dr. Swanson’s patients receive optimum results.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: When would you recommend a facelift to a patient?

A:   I would recommend a facelift to a patient when he or she looks in the mirror and is unhappy with the appearance of their midface, neck and/or jawline.  If the patient is healthy, regardless of age, he or she may be an appropriate candidate for a facelift.

Q:  At what age is it time to start considering “facial rejuvenation”?

A:  It is not so much a matter of age, but rather one of a change in a person’s appearance which makes him/her look older than he/she feels.  This could happen relatively early in one’s life or much later. People of any age who have had a substantial weight loss my experience a dramatic increase in laxity in the skin of the face and neck.

Q:  How noticeable will my incisions be?

A:  The incisions for a face/neck lift are hidden for the most part either within the hair bearing areas of the temples and behind the ears or in naturally occurring creases.  They will become less and less visible with time, so that people may wear their hair short or up in a bun or ponytail.

Q:  Can I have my face and eyes done at the same time?

A:  Yes, many people have their face and eyes done together.

Q:  What is the recovery time for a facelift?

A:  Most people return to work by two weeks and most vigorous activities by three weeks.  The hair can be colored as soon as all the surface healing is completed, usually by four weeks.

Q:  Will my facelift look “natural”?

A:  Yes, the goal is to back up the clock and restore a younger version of yourself.  It should be obvious that you look better, but not artificial, like you have “had your face done”.