Frequently Asked Questions
Will a facelift improve my appearance?
A rhytidectomy is designed to remove extra skin from the face and neck, and to resuspend soft tissue of the face to improve jowling. Addressing the effects of gravity on facial soft tissue, not just removing extra skin, is critical to the long-term success of the operation. A successful facelift results in smoother skin and more youthful-appearing cheeks and jawline, without an "operated-on" appearance. Treating the neck and face together is very important, since these area tend to age together, and only addressing one area may lead to disappointing results. Depending on the technique used, a facelift may provide 10-15 years of rejuvenation.
Many nonsurgical interventions, such as facial creams, lasers, fillers, neurotoxins, ultrasound or heat therapies have promised to improve facial appearance, but none of these come close to the degree of improvement that a well-performed facelift produces.
How does a facelift work?
Can other procedures be combined with a rhytidectomy?
A facelift is very commonly combined with other facial operations (and sometimes body or breast operations). Fat injections are a very common adjunct to replace facial volume that has been lost with age, weight loss, and other disease processes. A browlift, upper eyelid lift, or chin lift may complete your facial rejuvenation. Any of these concerns will be discussed with you at your expert consultation.
Before & After Gallery
Imagining how you will look after surgery can be difficult. To help here are some photos of real patients before and after the procedure. These patients have given written permission for photos to be used.
What will my recovery be like?
Facelift operations (and any combined procedures) are performed in our private, certified operating facility. Facelift is an outpatient procedure-- staying in the hospital is not necessary.
A postoperative wrap is placed in the operating room. This is traded the day after surgery for a compressive garment. This is worn for two weeks continuously, then as possible for the next 2 weeks. This operation has a 2-3 week "social recovery" during which time you may have resolving swelling and bruising. After this time light makeup should be able to conceal any residual evidence of surgery.
How much discomfort will I be in after my procedure?
How significant is scarring?
How much does a facelift cost? Are there financing options?
A facelift costs between $9000 and $14,000. This is a total cost that reflects all fees associated with the procedure (surgical, anesthesia, supplies). This cost also includes Cosmetassure coverage, which provides insurance in case of complications.
Gallatin Plastic surgery provides a variety of financing plans from Care Credit. Please visit CareCredit online or inquire at our office for more information.
"A facelift is the cornerstone of surgical facial rejuvenation. No other noninvasive or minimally invasive procedure comes close to the improvement obtained with this operation"
-Dr. Jarred McDaniel
“Appointments have always been so timely and never rushed. Comfortable and a feeling of being special!! The doctor explains thoroughly my treatment and goals”