Vertical Mini Facelift

Targeting sagging cheeks, deep smile lines, and drooping neck, Dr. Mason uses a vertical face-lift technique to dial back the effects of gravity and time. The goal is not just tightening loose skin, but repositioning the entire face to a more youthful look. With this lift you’ll have a natural look avoiding the stretched look often seen using other techniques.

Dr. Mason uses local anesthesia as an alternative to the traditional general anesthesia. His goal is maximum safety and comfort while reducing potential complications and recovery time.

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GENERAL INFORMATION

A facelift is one of many procedures that can improve one’s appearance. The procedure is also called rhytidectomy and involves a surgeon removing excess skin and other tissue found on the neck, firming the tissue beneath the skin and re-sculpting the skin to the patient’s face for a more fresh and youthful appearance.
Facelifts can be done along with a Rhinoplasty, cosmetic surgery on the nose, a forehead lift or surgery on the eyelids. The plastic surgeon might also use liposuction to remove excess fat from the neck. Facelifts are the sixth most popular type of cosmetic surgery performed in the United States.

What does the procedure accomplish?

A face lift, depending on how extensive they are, can be performed with sedation and local anesthesia or general anesthesia. During the operation dermatologists make incisions at the temples, behind the ears and down to the lower part of the scalp. They’ll do this past the hairline so the incision won’t show. After the procedure the surgical wound is closed with stitches or clips.

Who are candidates for the procedure?

Rhytidectomies are generally performed on older adults who are unsatisfied with their looks. Their looks might have deteriorated due to years of smoking, obesity, overexposure to the sun, or simple aging.

What should be expected in terms of results?

The patient can expect to heal without complications after the surgery. After the surgery the dermatologist will place a tube under the skin behind the patient’s ear for drainage. The tube should be able to be removed in about a day or two. The patient’s head will also be bandaged to keep down swelling and bruising. Bandages will be removed within a week, as will most of the stitches and clips. The physician might also prescribe painkillers for any discomfort the patient has. The patient should expect bruising, discoloration and puffiness around their face after the operation. Any numbness or swelling should fade after about a month or a month and a half.