What is Facelift?

A face-lift is the most extensive way to remove or reduce the appearance of wrinkles and sagging of the face caused by age. In a traditional face-lift, the skin is literally lifted off the face so that the skin and the tissues beneath can be tightened and the skin can be re-positioned smoothly over the face.

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What to expect during the procedure?

For the procedure, you are either given general anesthesia or a sedative through an intravenous line and local anesthesia to numb your skin. Next, the surgeon makes an incision that starts in the temple area and circles around the front of the ear. The skin is raised, and the muscle and tissue underneath is tightened. The surgeon may remove some fat and skin. The skin is then redraped over the face and the incision is sutured. The incision usually falls along the hairline or in a place where the skin would naturally crease so that it does not show after the surgery.

Some people are able to have a limited-incision face-lift. This surgery uses shorter incisions at the temple and close to the ear. Sometimes an incision is made within the lower eyelid or under the upper lip.


Facelift surgery is known for its beautiful and long-lasting facial rejuvenation results. Best of all, modern facelifts have evolved to look more natural than ever before. If a facelift is a procedure you are considering, you are probably wondering what facelift recovery looks like. Below, we have outlined some important information to make your recovery a breeze:

Over-the-counter medication is typically all that is needed for discomfort after surgery.

Frequent cleaning and lubrication of the incision sites promote faster healing and minimized scars.

Resting with your head elevated will minimize swelling and promote healing.

Bruising can be easily camouflaged with mineral-based makeup after 1 week.

After one week, all of your sutures are removed.

Most patients take 2 weeks off of work for recovery, but with makeup, you can go out sooner.