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Aging is inevitable. Even when someone practices healthy personal habits and avoids sun exposure, fine lines and wrinkles can creep up on them over time. Genetics also play a role in the aging process. An individual can do as much as they can with preventative measures, but it still may not be enough to slow down the aging process. This is especially true for deep creases along the lower eyelids, loss of skin tone that creates jowls, and loose skin and fatty deposits under the chin and jaw. These facial characters can make a person look old, tired, and worn out.

A surgical option many opt for is facelift surgery to get rid of visible signs of aging on the face and neck. Facelift surgery is used to remove excess skin and fat from the face and neck to create a youthful, rejuvenated look.

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Achieved With Facelift Surgery


Facelift surgery can reduce the appearance of facial aging by removing excess fat and skin. Once the remaining skin is tightened and sutured into place, fine lines and wrinkles are smoothed out, creating a more youthful and refreshed look.


Sagging skin around the jowls, chin, and neck area can affect a person’s overall facial profile and harmony. Once the excess tissue is removed, patients will notice their neck and chin contours complement the entire frame of the face.


A face that looks aged and worn-out can make a person feel as if they appear sloppy, causing them not to be happy with the way they look. Facelift surgery can help a person to get rid of signs of aging that cause them to feel insecure. Overall, they will feel more confident with their youthful, rejuvenated facial appearance.


Not everyone has the same facial structure or cosmetic goals. Dr. Taylor knows everyone is unique, so he designs every facelift procedure to meet the individual’s facial anatomy and personal preferences.

What Does a Facelift Entail?


Facelift surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. An incision is made above the hairline by each temple and proceeds around the natural contours of the ear. Men can have their incisions made along the natural beard line. The skin is raised outward and repositioned, and the underlying muscles, fat, and connective tissues are tightened. Excess facial fat and loose, hanging skin are removed. The remaining skin is pulled tight, and the incisions are closed using fine sutures.


After surgery, a bandage will be placed around the face to minimize swelling and bruising and to protect the incisions. Surgical drains may be placed, and oral medications should be taken to aid in healing and reduce the risk of infection. Dr. Taylor and his friendly staff will provide you with detailed postoperative instructions and ensure your comfort before you return home.

It is recommended that patients sleep with the head elevated for the first couple of weeks to minimize swelling. Patients should avoid bending or lifting for one week. Any strenuous activity should be avoided for one month. It is important to refrain from direct sun exposure and to protect the skin by covering up the face with sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat. While wounds are still healing, patients should not wear makeup.


Incisions will be made above the ear in the hair, along the natural contours of the front and back sides of the ears, and in the hair behind the ear making them easily concealable along the hairline or beard line. Occasionally, a small incision will be made under the chin if the patient has problematic muscle banding in this area. Typically, the scars will appear red and slightly firm for four to six weeks, but they will gradually soften and lighten up. Depending on the patient and their ability to heal, scarring will fade over time and should be inconspicuous, if visible at all.


The cost of facelift surgery will vary depending on the patient’s severity of facial aging, surgeon’s experience, and geographic location of the surgery. Additional cost factors include anesthesia fees, operating room and hospital fees, and other related expenses. Dr. Taylor is an experienced plastic surgeon who has been performing plastic surgery for more than 20 years. He has helped countless patients turn back the clock with facelift surgery.


There will be some minor discomfort following surgery. Any pain can be controlled with prescription medication. Cold compresses can be applied to the eye and cheek areas to help with any discomfort and to minimize bruising.

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  • Who is the best candidate for facelift surgery?

    The best candidate for facelift surgery is someone who wants to address fine lines, wrinkles and sagging fat on their face and neck, is in overall good health, and has realistic expectations of the procedure.

  • What are the risks and complications associated with facelift surgery?

    Although rare, some risks and complications associated with facelift surgery include:

    • Bleeding
    • Infection
    • Unfavorable scarring
    • Prolonged swelling
    • Anesthesia risks
    • Poor wound healing
    • Numbness
    • Persistent pain
  • How long will my facelift results last?

    Facelift results are very long lasting; however, this procedure does not halt the aging process. For the best results, patients should practice a healthy skin care regimen and diet and keep the skin protected from the sun.

  • Will my results look like I’ve obviously had a facelift?

    By offering individualized surgery plans, Dr. Taylor can perform a facelift procedure that complements a person’s facial anatomy and structure. Patients can expect a newer version of themselves without having a look that appears too “pulled back.” They will achieve a youthful facial appearance that looks natural.

  • Can facelift surgery be combined with other plastic surgery procedures?

    Facelift surgery is commonly combined with other facial procedures. Some of these may include eyelid lift surgery, laser skin resurfacing, brow lift surgery, and volume enhancement with fat or fillers.

Thomas S. Taylor, MD, FACS

The Aesthetic Society American Society of Plastic Surgery Fellow American College of Surgeons American Board of Plastic Surgery ABMS MOC American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery

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