A facelift operation is performed one side at a time, working through incisions that are placed in the hairline, in front of or partially within the ears, as well as behind the ears. The incisions are designed to keep the resultant scars as inconspicuous as possible. When necessary, removal of fatty deposits beneath the skin and tightening of sagging muscles is performed. The slack in the skin itself is then redraped and the excess removed. Most scars will be hidden within the hairline or within normal lines and creases around the ears.
Patients that do not have a significant amount of excess skin sometimes may be candidates for an endoscopic facelift. Using an endoscope, the surgeon can smooth the skin and tighten the muscles through small incisions that are easily concealed. Depending on which areas of the face and neck require correction, incisions may be placed in the lower eyelid, upper gum line, beneath the chin, or behind the ears.
After facelift surgery, you will experience temporary skin discoloration and some tightness or numbness in the face and neck. Healing is gradual, so it may take several months for optimal results. Since you skin will remain somewhat sensitive for a few months, protection from the sun, including daily use of sunblock, is essential. You can wear cosmetics shortly after surgery.