What is a Facelift?

As we age, our facial contours can become aged due to thinning skin, loss of facial fat, smoking, sun damage, stress, and heredity. A facelift is a cosmetic procedure to improve visible signs of facial aging so you can achieve a more youthful appearance.

A facelift can be used to improve the following:

  • Lax, sagging skin on the face.
  • Deep folds between the nose and corners of the mouth.
  • Fat that has fallen or disappeared.
  • Jowls.
  • A double chin or turkey neck.


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Who is a Candidate?

Healthy adults who are bothered by the way their face and neck look due to sagging skin and signs of aging can often benefit from a facelift. Ideal candidates will be nonsmokers who do not have any medical condition that could impair healing. It is also important that patients have a positive outlook on this procedure and realistic expectations. For more information regarding candidacy, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.

The Facelift Procedure

Facelift surgery can be performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia. Your surgeon will recommend the best choice for you. Overall, there are two different types of facelifts, including a mini facelift and a standard facelift.

Mini Facelift

A mini facelift is a good option for individuals with a mild degree of sagging skin. This is a less invasive option that requires shorter incisions, through which deep facial tissues are tightened and lifted to achieve a more youthful appearance.

Standard Facelift

A standard facelift fully addresses moderate to advanced signs of aging. This procedure is more extensive than a mini facelift, but the results are more dramatic. Incisions will be created behind the hairline starting near the temples and continue around the front of the ear, through which deeper tissues are repositioned and excess skin is removed.


Following a facelift, bandages may be placed around your face to minimize swelling. Small drains may also be placed to collect any excess fluid. Our team will provide you with instructions regarding how to care for your incision sites and what to expect during recovery. Your facelift results will gradually appear as swelling and bruising subside. The final results should help you feel more confident with a more youthful appearance.

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If you would like to turn back the clock with a facelift, contact Charlottesville Plastic Surgery in Charlottesville, VA today to schedule your consultation appointment. Dr. Willis will speak with you regarding your anti-aging goals and the appropriate treatment options to help you look and feel your best.

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Does a facelift make you look younger?

A facelifts goal is to make the face appear younger and improve sagging or wrinkled skin.

How can I tighten loose skin on my face?

Loose skin on the face needs to be treated with surgical excision. This is typically performed with a facelift.

How do I prepare for a facelift?

Talk to your plastic surgeon about your comorbidities and medications that you take. They may want you to stop some medications prior to a facelift procedure.

How long does facelift last?

A facelift is a permanent procedure, but overtime, your face will continue to age.

How long does fat transfer face last?

Of the fat that survives typically around 50 to 60 percent it should last forever.

What is a non surgical facelift?

A non-surgical facelift typically involves non invasive procedures, such as various fillers in and around the face, chemical peel or lasers, etc.

What is a thread lift?

A thread lift places dissolvable barbed threads just under the skin of the face to elevate it into position. Keep in mind that this is not a permanent treatment.

What is best age for facelift?

The age for a facelift is determined by the degree of wrinkles and excess skin you have on your face.

How do I tighten my jawline?

Tightening your jawline is done through a face and/or neck lift procedure.

Is a facelift permanent?

A facelift is a permanent procedure, but overtime, your face will continue to age.

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