Are you confused by what you’ve heard about facelifts? Have you decided a facelift is right for you, but you’re not sure which option’s best? Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we hear at Napa Solano Plastic Surgery about the procedure. We hope the answers give you greater clarity about your treatment choices.

What is a facelift?

Technically called a “rhytidectomy,” a facelift is a surgical procedure that minimizes the signs of aging on your face and neck. The result is a more youthful and refreshed appearance. A good facelift performed by a skilled surgeon looks completely natural.

What happens during facelift surgery?

Depending on the areas your surgeon is correcting, they might use several different techniques during your facelift. After you’re anesthetized, incisions are usually made from your hairline around the temple down to the lower scalp. The surgeon then sculpts or removes fat, repositions underlying tissue, and lifts facial muscles. If you’re treating an aging neck, your procedure might also include a small incision under the chin. Once the facelift’s complete, the incisions are closed with skin adhesives or sutures.

What results can I expect from a facelift?

Because every person’s facial anatomy is unique, no two facelifts yield the same results. That said, their years of experience with diverse facial types make it possible for the surgeons at Napa Solano Plastic Surgery to accurately predict what results you can expect.

Are there risks involved when getting a facelift?

All surgical procedures come with risks, but serious complications following a facelift are extremely rare. As long as you work with a qualified plastic surgeon, your procedure should be a safe one.

Will I have scars after a facelift?

Yes, all facelifts involve scarring. But when the surgery is performed by a skilled plastic surgeon, the scars are hidden and barely noticeable. On the rare occasion a patient has more noticeable scars on their hairline or behind their ears, the surgeon can perform scar revision to minimize their appearance.

Is a Facelift Right For You?

While other options are available, surgical facelifts remain an excellent choice for people who want improved facial definition, smoother skin, and an overall younger appearance. They’re generally considered to still be one of the most effective ways to lift sagging facial tissue and eliminate sagging neck skin.

There’s no set age for who can and can’t get a facelift. What’s most important is that you’re in good health and have realistic expectations for your facelift results. The best way to determine if a facelift is right for you is to consult with a trusted facial plastic surgeon. To learn more or to get answers to any other questions you might have, contact Napa Solano Plastic Surgery today.