Facelift

A facelift is performed in order to reverse visible signs of aging. Technically referred to as a rhytidectomy, it can take years off your neck and face, enhancing your appearance with a more rejuvenated face, while boosting self-confidence.

Common Corrections

The surgical procedures involved in a facelift can enrich the youthfulness of a face by addressing visible aging signs such as:

  • Deep creases below the lower eyelids
  • Drooping in the midface region
  • Wrinkles between the nose and the corners of the mouth
  • Jowls due to a loss of muscle tone
  • Displaced fat
  • Loose skin beneath the chin that gives the appearance of a double chin in a person of average weight

Depending on the severity of your facial sagging or wrinkling, Dr. Hamrah will customize the procedure to your specific needs. Some patients might need only a “mini-facelift” or a midface lift, whereas others may need a full facelift.

Often, a facelift is performed concurrently with other facial cosmetic enhancements such as laser skin resurfacing, chemical peels, a brow lift to address sagging brows, blepharoplasty to lift droopy eyelids, or a neck lift to address wrinkles or a “turkey neck.” (see 4D – Facelift)

While a facelift cannot change the underlying appearance of your face, nor can it halt the aging process, a facelift can supply a boost of rejuvenation, making you look and feel healthier and younger than before.

Candidacy for Facelifts

So long as you are a non-smoker in good physical and mental health and are looking to correct visible signs of aging in your face, you are a candidate for facial cosmetic surgery.

Bear in mind, realistic goals and expectations should be maintained to avoid disappointment. Dr. Daria Hamrah will discuss the possible corrective surgeries available to you during an initial consultation.

Facelift Procedure

Typically general anesthesia is used to minimize pain; occasionally intravenous sedation is chosen as the more appropriate anesthetic.

Depending on the degree of facial enhancements you’re seeking, you will either have a:

  • 4D-Facelift
  • Traditional facelift
  • Or limited incision facelift (“Mini-Lift”)
  • Midface lift

Incisions are made inside the hairline at the temple, running in front of the ear then around the earlobe and behind the ear, ending in the hair of the scalp. The loose skin is then separated from underlying tissue and is pulled up and back. Excess skin is then removed. Dr. Hamrah will then tighten sagging muscles and connective tissues. In some cases, fatty deposits are removed from beneath the chin and neck. Small sutures are used to close the incisions.

A facelift may take up to five hours depending on whether any other procedures are performed at the same time. Much of the surgery can be performed with an endoscope.

A limited incision facelift involves a minor incision at the temples, which continues around the ear and sometimes extends to the lower eyelids or upper lip. The same procedures may be performed as in a traditional facelift but to a lesser extent and over a smaller region.

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If you live in the Washington, D.C. or Northern Virginia areas and are considering a facelift, please contact Dr. Hamrah today to schedule your personal consultation Novasurgicare Phone Number 703-288-4495.

Incisions are made inside the hairline at the temple, running in front of the ear then around the earlobe and behind the ear, ending in the hair of the scalp. The loose skin is then separated from underlying tissue and is pulled up and back. Excess skin is then removed. Dr. Hamrah will then tighten sagging muscles and connective tissues. In some cases, fatty deposits are removed from beneath the chin and neck. Small sutures are used to close the incisions.

A facelift may take up to five hours depending on whether any other procedures are performed at the same time. Much of the surgery can be performed with an endoscope.

A limited incision facelift involves a minor incision at the temples, which continues around the ear and sometimes extends to the lower eyelids or upper lip. The same procedures may be performed as in a traditional facelift but to a lesser extent and over a smaller region.