The incision usually begins above the hairline at the temples, extends to the front of the ear, and continues behind the earlobe to the lower scalp. If the neck needs work, a small incision is made under the chin.
The surgeon separates the fat from the muscle below.
Fat may be trimmed or suctioned to improve contour.
The underlying muscles and membranes are tightened, the skin is pulled back and excess skin is removed.
Stitches are used to secure the tissue layers and close the incision. Metal clips may be used on the scalp.
A small drain is positioned under the skin behind the ear. The head is wrapped loosely in bandages to minimize bruising and swelling.
The surgery will last about 1-2 hours per area and is performed under general anesthesia.
The visible improvements of a facelift appear as swelling and bruising subside. Your final result should not only restore a more youthful and rested appearance, but also help you feel more confident about yourself.