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Facelifts 101

What is a Facelift?

rhytidectomy, commonly known as a facelift, tightens underlying muscles, lifts tissues and removes excess skin, to give your face and neck a more youthful appearance by smoothing sagging skin, deep wrinkles and folds of the face and neck. While facelifts often make the patient appear younger, this procedure doesn’t include work on the eyelids or brows which some people feel makes them appear older. Those surgeries would need to be done separately which comes at an additional cost.

What Types of Facelifts are There?

At Ohio Plastic Surgery Specialists, we customize your facelift for a natural and youthful appearance and help to redefine your jawline in the process. We offer various options, from full or partial facelifts to special neck lifts for men. A full facelift targets loose skin from the neck to mid face. A lower facelift mainly targets cheeks, marionette lines, and jowls. A lower facelift may have less incisions and is recommended for patients with less sagging.

Who is a Good Candidate for a Facelift?

A good candidate for a facelift would be a person with visible aging, sagging skin, wrinkles, folds and bands formed on the neck who wants to appear more youthful. Additionally, the patient should be a non-smoker and be in overall good health. Keep in mind, a facelift should hold its results for about 10 years but the natural aging process will still have an effect on you.


During your consultation you will receive a full breakdown of all costs and fees. This may include operating room or hospital access, anesthesia, additional medical appointments and pain medication. Dr. Bernacki will let you know if you need to have any supplies at home prepared for your post-op.

Follow Up

It is recommended to take up to a week off to heal but that will vary depending on your pain and how quickly your incisions are healing. After surgery, you’ll be discharged with bandages on your face and head and will likely be groggy from the anesthesia. You will need to have someone to take you home and monitor you for about 24 hours. If you will be staying overnight, you will know at your consultation. You will most likely not be eating solid food for about four days so having liquids that can be drank from a cup are important. You will have multiple appointments in the following week to check on your healing process and to make sure there is no issue with the incisions or infection.