A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure that focuses on lifting the upper, middle or lower portions of the face and neck. Choosing to lift these areas can provide several benefits, resulting in a younger-looking appearance.

What are the benefits of a facelift?

Facelifts can help improve:

  • Deep forehead lines and folds.
  • Creases near the nose and mouth.
  • The appearance of jowls.
  • Loose skin.
  • Unwanted weight under the chin.
  • Bands in the neck.
What can I expect during a facelift?

While facelifts are the most common cosmetic procedures, each one is unique. The procedure is done under general anesthesia, or with a combination of local anesthesia and a mild sedative. A facelift is typically not very painful, and patients usually return home the day of surgery with pain medication to manage any discomfort.

What can I expect during recovery?

After your facelift, activity should be limited for the first 24 hours. One to two days after the procedure, you will be seen for a post-operative visit in which your dressing will be removed. A second visit will be scheduled about a week after surgery to remove sutures and staples. For most patients, swelling and bruising clears up within a month.

Is a facelift right for me?

To determine whether or not facelift is the right procedure for you, schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons. During your visit, your doctor will speak with you about the goals you have for your appearance.

Before making recommendations, your plastic surgeon will also perform a face and neck exam to assess skin type, skin laxity and bone structure. Bring a list of medications, supplements and vitamins you take, and have a list prepared of the questions or concerns you may have. Being open with our specialists is key to a safe and successful facelift.

Contact us for a consultation

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Tacoma: 253-403-2120

Facial Plastics & Medical Aesthetics

Puyallup: 253-697-8980
Auburn: 253-545-5880