Facelift

The facelift procedure is designed to lift the jowls and eliminate banding in the neck. A facelift is more than trimming skin. A quality, lasting facelift tightens the muscle underneath the skin and anchors it in its natural position. This results in a clean, defined jawline and a natural, rejuvenated, more youthful appearance. Dr. Miller accomplishes this by using incisions that are hidden to avoid the appearance of an artificial “operated” face.

Dr. Miller tailors the procedure to meet the unique needs of each patient. During the consultation, he performs a comprehensive analysis and develops a plan to meet their specific objectives.

Candidates

A good candidate for this procedure includes anyone who has evidence of jowling, sagging cheeks, excess neck fat and skin, and deep facial wrinkles. There is no specific or optimal age to get a facelift.

Procedure

The procedure takes about 2-3 hours and entails meticulously camouflaged incisions, anchoring of the SMAS layer, tightening of the platysma muscle in the neck, and removal of excess skin. The surgery can be performed in our state-of-the-art procedural suite or, if the patient requests general anesthesia, it can be done at an accredited surgery center.

Anesthesia

The procedure can be performed with local anesthetic and oral sedation, IV sedation, or, at the patient’s request, it can be done under general anesthesia.

Recovery

Patients are sent home the night of recovery and are given a set of informative post-operative instructions. Patients do have the option to stay at an accredited recovery facility if they choose. Swelling and bruising usually resolve within 2-3 weeks. Patients are advised to take between 7-14 days off of work and avoid strenuous exercise for 3-4 weeks.

A compression garment is recommended and is worn around the neck and face for one week and then at night for 2-3 weeks. The more often the patient wears the garment, the faster the patient will heal. Post-operative pain is usually managed effectively with oral pain medication and thorough instructions will be provided to the patient regarding medications. The patient will follow up on post-op day 1 for a routine check and on post-op day 7 for removal of sutures.

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Facelift Facelift FAQ's

How do I know if I am a candidate for a facelift?

If you have evidence of jowling, sagging cheeks, fullness in the neck and saggy skin, and deep facial wrinkles, you likely would gain a cosmetic benefit from having a facelift.


What is the best age to have a facelift?

There is no optimal age to have a facelift. Every person ages at their own pace and experiences the signs of aging in their own unique manner.


How long do the results last?

It is not possible to guarantee the longevity of a facelift. Several factors can jeopardize the results of a facelift including but not limited to premature over-exertion, chronic sun exposure, smoking, and weight gain. Generally, Dr. Miller’s goal is for the results to last 7-10 years and hopefully longer.


Will I look like a different person after surgery?

The goal of a facelift is to create a natural, refreshed, rejuvenated look which often results in a more youthful look as well. Dr. Miller takes specific measures to prevent an artificial “windswept” appearance or an “operated” appearance.


How long does it take to recover from a facelift?

Every skin type is different and everybody heals at their own unique pace. The primary concerns include bruising, swelling, and scarring. Most patients experience significant improvement in these conditions in about one to two weeks. Complete resolution may take up to three months. If you don’t want anybody to know that you had surgery or if you want to conceal the fact that you had surgery, your recovery will last between 3 and 4 weeks.


How much time off work is required?

This is largely dependent on what type of work you do. Most patients require at least one week off and, if you have a physically strenuous job, you may need as much as three weeks off. If you have a less strenuous job such as office work, it’s possible to return to work in a week. Dr. Miller will address this question in both the preoperative consultation as well as the post-operative follow-up.


Will I have a big scar after surgery?

Smoking, chronic sun exposure, diabetes, a history of keloid scars, and chronic steroid use are examples of risk factors that can increase the risk of scarring. Other factors such as putting too much tension on the skin during the closure, and post-operative infection can increase the risk of scarring as well. Fortunately, the skin on the face is thin and very well vascularized which typically results in minimal to un-noticeable scarring. Dr. Miller will do a thorough history and physical exam in the pre-operative evaluation process and make certain that you are an optimal candidate with minimal risk factors.


When can I start exercising after surgery?

The patient should begin walking around the day after surgery. Light cardio activity can then slowly be incorporated into his or her routine after about 5 days. Heavy lifting or strenuous physical exercise should be avoided for about one month.


Do I have to wear any dressings after surgery?

Yes, patients usually wear a compression dressing around the clock for the first three days and then at night for about 2 weeks.


Will I have stitches?

Dr. Miller uses a combination of permanent and dissolvable sutures. The permanent sutures are usually removed 6-8 days after the procedure.


How long does the procedure take?

The procedure usually takes 2-3 hours. It may take longer if a facelift is combined with other procedures such as eyelid surgery (blephroplasty), browlift etc.


What kind of anesthesia is used?

A lower facelift can be done using local anesthetic, IV sedation, or general anesthesia. Mid-facelifts require general anesthesia. Dr. Miller thoroughly evaluates each patient and presents the appropriate options.

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Additional Procedures

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What People Are Saying

"My experience with Dr. Miller and Shannon was wonderful. From the moment I met Dr. Miller I felt at ease. He took his time answering all of my questions and made sure that I was completely informed and comfortable with my decision before moving forward. The staff was very attentive both in the preoperative and postoperative period. I had minimal swelling with a very naturally rejuvenated look and I was able to return to work within a week. I would be happy to recommend Dr. Miller and his team to anybody considering a face lift. Thanks again to the team for making my experience a great one."
- Debbie B.

    Before and After Photos

Facelift

The facelift procedure is designed to lift the jowls and eliminate banding in the neck. A facelift is more than trimming skin. A quality, lasting facelift tightens the muscle underneath the skin and anchors it in its natural position. This results in a clean, defined jawline and a natural, rejuvenated, more youthful appearance. Dr. Miller accomplishes this by using incisions that are hidden to avoid the appearance of an artificial “operated” face.

Dr. Miller tailors the procedure to meet the unique needs of each patient. During the consultation, he performs a comprehensive analysis and develops a plan to meet their specific objectives.

Candidates

A good candidate for this procedure includes anyone who has evidence of jowling, sagging cheeks, excess neck fat and skin, and deep facial wrinkles. There is no specific or optimal age to get a facelift.

Procedure

The procedure takes about 2-3 hours and entails meticulously camouflaged incisions, anchoring of the SMAS layer, tightening of the platysma muscle in the neck, and removal of excess skin. The surgery can be performed in our state-of-the-art procedural suite or, if the patient requests general anesthesia, it can be done at an accredited surgery center.

Anesthesia

The procedure can be performed with local anesthetic and oral sedation, IV sedation, or, at the patient’s request, it can be done under general anesthesia.

Recovery

Patients are sent home the night of recovery and are given a set of informative post-operative instructions. Patients do have the option to stay at an accredited recovery facility if they choose. Swelling and bruising usually resolve within 2-3 weeks. Patients are advised to take between 7-14 days off of work and avoid strenuous exercise for 3-4 weeks.

A compression garment is recommended and is worn around the neck and face for one week and then at night for 2-3 weeks. The more often the patient wears the garment, the faster the patient will heal. Post-operative pain is usually managed effectively with oral pain medication and thorough instructions will be provided to the patient regarding medications. The patient will follow up on post-op day 1 for a routine check and on post-op day 7 for removal of sutures.

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Facelift FAQ's

How do I know if I am a candidate for a facelift?

If you have evidence of jowling, sagging cheeks, fullness in the neck and saggy skin, and deep facial wrinkles, you likely would gain a cosmetic benefit from having a facelift.


What is the best age to have a facelift?

There is no optimal age to have a facelift. Every person ages at their own pace and experiences the signs of aging in their own unique manner.


How long do the results last?

It is not possible to guarantee the longevity of a facelift. Several factors can jeopardize the results of a facelift including but not limited to premature over-exertion, chronic sun exposure, smoking, and weight gain. Generally, Dr. Miller’s goal is for the results to last 7-10 years and hopefully longer.


Will I look like a different person after surgery?

The goal of a facelift is to create a natural, refreshed, rejuvenated look which often results in a more youthful look as well. Dr. Miller takes specific measures to prevent an artificial “windswept” appearance or an “operated” appearance.


How long does it take to recover from a facelift?

Every skin type is different and everybody heals at their own unique pace. The primary concerns include bruising, swelling, and scarring. Most patients experience significant improvement in these conditions in about one to two weeks. Complete resolution may take up to three months. If you don’t want anybody to know that you had surgery or if you want to conceal the fact that you had surgery, your recovery will last between 3 and 4 weeks.


How much time off work is required?

This is largely dependent on what type of work you do. Most patients require at least one week off and, if you have a physically strenuous job, you may need as much as three weeks off. If you have a less strenuous job such as office work, it’s possible to return to work in a week. Dr. Miller will address this question in both the preoperative consultation as well as the post-operative follow-up.


Will I have a big scar after surgery?

Smoking, chronic sun exposure, diabetes, a history of keloid scars, and chronic steroid use are examples of risk factors that can increase the risk of scarring. Other factors such as putting too much tension on the skin during the closure, and post-operative infection can increase the risk of scarring as well. Fortunately, the skin on the face is thin and very well vascularized which typically results in minimal to un-noticeable scarring. Dr. Miller will do a thorough history and physical exam in the pre-operative evaluation process and make certain that you are an optimal candidate with minimal risk factors.


When can I start exercising after surgery?

The patient should begin walking around the day after surgery. Light cardio activity can then slowly be incorporated into his or her routine after about 5 days. Heavy lifting or strenuous physical exercise should be avoided for about one month.


Do I have to wear any dressings after surgery?

Yes, patients usually wear a compression dressing around the clock for the first three days and then at night for about 2 weeks.


Will I have stitches?

Dr. Miller uses a combination of permanent and dissolvable sutures. The permanent sutures are usually removed 6-8 days after the procedure.


How long does the procedure take?

The procedure usually takes 2-3 hours. It may take longer if a facelift is combined with other procedures such as eyelid surgery (blephroplasty), browlift etc.


What kind of anesthesia is used?

A lower facelift can be done using local anesthetic, IV sedation, or general anesthesia. Mid-facelifts require general anesthesia. Dr. Miller thoroughly evaluates each patient and presents the appropriate options.

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Additional Procedures

Facelifts are often combined with other procedures including…

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What People Are Saying

"I’m very happy with my lower body LipoSculpting procedure. My metabolism and exercise habits just couldn’t get rid of these stubborn fat deposits. I attend lots of functions for charity and work and now my body just looks great in these dresses. Thank you very much Dr. Miller!"
- Anita C.

    Before and After Photos

Facelift

The facelift procedure is designed to lift the jowls and eliminate banding in the neck. A facelift is more than trimming skin. A quality, lasting facelift tightens the muscle underneath the skin and anchors it in its natural position. This results in a clean, defined jawline and a natural, rejuvenated, more youthful appearance. Dr. Miller accomplishes this by using incisions that are hidden to avoid the appearance of an artificial “operated” face.

Dr. Miller tailors the procedure to meet the unique needs of each patient. During the consultation, he performs a comprehensive analysis and develops a plan to meet their specific objectives.

Candidates

A good candidate for this procedure includes anyone who has evidence of jowling, sagging cheeks, excess neck fat and skin, and deep facial wrinkles. There is no specific or optimal age to get a facelift.

Procedure

The procedure takes about 2-3 hours and entails meticulously camouflaged incisions, anchoring of the SMAS layer, tightening of the platysma muscle in the neck, and removal of excess skin. The surgery can be performed in our state-of-the-art procedural suite or, if the patient requests general anesthesia, it can be done at an accredited surgery center.

Anesthesia

The procedure can be performed with local anesthetic and oral sedation, IV sedation, or, at the patient’s request, it can be done under general anesthesia.

Recovery

Patients are sent home the night of recovery and are given a set of informative post-operative instructions. Patients do have the option to stay at an accredited recovery facility if they choose. Swelling and bruising usually resolve within 2-3 weeks. Patients are advised to take between 7-14 days off of work and avoid strenuous exercise for 3-4 weeks.

A compression garment is recommended and is worn around the neck and face for one week and then at night for 2-3 weeks. The more often the patient wears the garment, the faster the patient will heal. Post-operative pain is usually managed effectively with oral pain medication and thorough instructions will be provided to the patient regarding medications. The patient will follow up on post-op day 1 for a routine check and on post-op day 7 for removal of sutures.

Hide Info

Facelift FAQ's

How do I know if I am a candidate for a facelift?

If you have evidence of jowling, sagging cheeks, fullness in the neck and saggy skin, and deep facial wrinkles, you likely would gain a cosmetic benefit from having a facelift.


What is the best age to have a facelift?

There is no optimal age to have a facelift. Every person ages at their own pace and experiences the signs of aging in their own unique manner.


How long do the results last?

It is not possible to guarantee the longevity of a facelift. Several factors can jeopardize the results of a facelift including but not limited to premature over-exertion, chronic sun exposure, smoking, and weight gain. Generally, Dr. Miller’s goal is for the results to last 7-10 years and hopefully longer.


Will I look like a different person after surgery?

The goal of a facelift is to create a natural, refreshed, rejuvenated look which often results in a more youthful look as well. Dr. Miller takes specific measures to prevent an artificial “windswept” appearance or an “operated” appearance.


How long does it take to recover from a facelift?

Every skin type is different and everybody heals at their own unique pace. The primary concerns include bruising, swelling, and scarring. Most patients experience significant improvement in these conditions in about one to two weeks. Complete resolution may take up to three months. If you don’t want anybody to know that you had surgery or if you want to conceal the fact that you had surgery, your recovery will last between 3 and 4 weeks.


How much time off work is required?

This is largely dependent on what type of work you do. Most patients require at least one week off and, if you have a physically strenuous job, you may need as much as three weeks off. If you have a less strenuous job such as office work, it’s possible to return to work in a week. Dr. Miller will address this question in both the preoperative consultation as well as the post-operative follow-up.


Will I have a big scar after surgery?

Smoking, chronic sun exposure, diabetes, a history of keloid scars, and chronic steroid use are examples of risk factors that can increase the risk of scarring. Other factors such as putting too much tension on the skin during the closure, and post-operative infection can increase the risk of scarring as well. Fortunately, the skin on the face is thin and very well vascularized which typically results in minimal to un-noticeable scarring. Dr. Miller will do a thorough history and physical exam in the pre-operative evaluation process and make certain that you are an optimal candidate with minimal risk factors.


When can I start exercising after surgery?

The patient should begin walking around the day after surgery. Light cardio activity can then slowly be incorporated into his or her routine after about 5 days. Heavy lifting or strenuous physical exercise should be avoided for about one month.


Do I have to wear any dressings after surgery?

Yes, patients usually wear a compression dressing around the clock for the first three days and then at night for about 2 weeks.


Will I have stitches?

Dr. Miller uses a combination of permanent and dissolvable sutures. The permanent sutures are usually removed 6-8 days after the procedure.


How long does the procedure take?

The procedure usually takes 2-3 hours. It may take longer if a facelift is combined with other procedures such as eyelid surgery (blephroplasty), browlift etc.


What kind of anesthesia is used?

A lower facelift can be done using local anesthetic, IV sedation, or general anesthesia. Mid-facelifts require general anesthesia. Dr. Miller thoroughly evaluates each patient and presents the appropriate options.

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Additional Procedures

Facelifts are often combined with other procedures including…

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What People Are Saying

"Great results! Dr. Miller is calm, positive and competent. I would trust Dr. Miller and his staff and I am glad I had the improvement done by Dr. Miller."
- D.C., RN