Charlotte NC Facelift
A facelift can help you “set back the clock,” improving the most visible signs of aging by lifting and repositioning underlying facial tissues and redraping the skin of your face and neck. A facelift can be one of the best procedures to address significant jowling, drooping facial tissues, or a “turkey neck” to restore a more youthful, refined appearance.
Facelift surgery overview
A facelift will address sagging, drooping skin and deep lines on the face and neck. During a facelift, both the facial skin and underlying structural tissues, call the Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System (SMAS) are tightened. The SMAS is a layer of gliding, connective tissue. By tightening the SMAS, the skin can be repositioned in a natural way, thereby avoiding a “pulled” facial appearance. A mini-facelift is an excellent choice for patients who have modest aging changes in the lower cheeks, but otherwise have a near-normal neck contour and minimal loose skin. This cosmetic surgery procedure eliminates most of the scars that are placed behind the ears in a traditional facelift.
Dr. Ditesheim’s approach to facelift surgery
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Ditesheim has extensive experience working with facial structures. It takes special training and experience to work with variations of the face successfully. Different face shapes require attention to different details. Dr. Diteshem will take the time to discuss your facelift procedure options in order to obtain the look you desire.
What is the cost of a facelift in Charlotte?
Your facelift is personalized to your needs, and the price will depending on the extent of surgery. Typically, the total costs including professional anesthesia care (MD), credentialed, accredited surgical facility (OR and Recovery) and surgical fees (all professional care) for a facelift will range from: $7000-$10,000.
Your facelift surgery pre-operative overview
Dr. Ditesheim and his experienced staff will provide you with pre-surgical information that includes guidelines about drinking, smoking and avoiding certain vitamins and medications. Dr. Ditesheim’s caring staff has a wealth of experience in preparing patients and their families for the cosmetic surgery recovery process and ensuring a predictable, smooth process.
What is involved in facelift surgery?
Facelift procedures differ depending on your individual desired outcome for your facial features. This creates variations in surgery times to range between 2 to 5 hours. The procedure is usually done as an outpatient, under general anesthesia administered by a physician anesthesiologist to minimize discomfort during the procedure. The facelift procedure may be preformed in a partner hospital near Ditesheim Cosmetic Surgery or in our fully accredited on-site surgical suite, which operates according to strict standards to ensure the highest level of safety and comfort.
The typical facelift incision pattern starts within the scalp an inch above the ear and courses downward following the curve of the ear. It then disappears inside the ear behind the small protruding cartilage to emerge at the top of the earlobe, where it courses within the earlobe crease to the bottom of the ear. If prominent neck “banding” is present, another small incision under the chin may be necessary.
About your facelift recovery
Once the facelift is complete, your face will be dressed in order to minimize swelling and bruising. The bandaging may include drainage tubes, which should be removed within a couple of days. All sutures and/or staples will be removed within 5 to 10 days. While recovery usually takes a few weeks, it may take a few months for the last of the swelling to subside and to fully see the complete results of your facelift. It is important to wear sun block to enjoy more of a long-lasting result. Our nurses will walk with you through your facelift recovery to ensure rest, relaxation, and peace of mind. We have established a “no surprises, predictable recovery process.”