Facelift (Rhytidectomy) in Las Vegas, NV

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What is a facelift?

Facelift surgery is used to return the face to a more youthful appearance. As we age, exposure to the sun, the pull of gravity, and the motions of facial expressions can cause lines, folds, and sagging skin as our skin loses its elasticity. Facelift surgery can lessen the appearance of some of these effects. The procedure typically involves the removal of excess skin and tightening of tissues, resulting in a firmer, smoother appearance. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Christopher Khorsandi, uses an artistic approach for each facelift, giving Las Vegas, NV men and women the youthful appearance they so desire.

Types of Facelifts at VIP

There are many approaches (surgical and nonsurgical techniques) for a facelift that can be performed by Dr. Khorsandi. At VIP Plastic Surgery, patients can consult with Dr. Khorsandi about the following methods of facial rejuvenation:

Surgical Techniques

  • Traditional facelift
  • Short scar facelift
  • SMAS facelift
  • Midface facelift

Nonsurgical Techniques

  • Thread lift
  • Liquid facelift

Traditional Facelift

This technique is usually performed using an endoscopic approach.  It addresses the face as a whole, using multiple incisions that range from the forehead to behind the ears . This surgery is reserved for older patients and can create dramatic results.

Short Scar (MACS) Facelift

This facelift treats sagging skin through a smaller incision, usually behind the ear and just up along the hairline. It is used for moderate sagging.

SMAS Facelift

SMAS is the superficial musculo-aponeurotic system, which is a muscle complex that is primarily active when it comes to facial expression. This particular facelift is considered the standard and involves lengthy incisions on the side of the face, from the temple to the lower hairline behind the ear. During this approach, the SMAS muscles are manipulated. This is another procedure reserved for older patients with severe sagging.

Midface Facelift

The sagging of the cheeks becomes emphasized as a person gets older resulting in a look that is old and tired. A midface lift is also known as a cheek lift. This lift provides volume and corrects a sagging cheek. In recent years, the approach to correct this common cosmetic issue has become less invasive with the trend of endoscopy.

Liquid Facelift

A “liquid facelift” is a nonsurgical alternative to facelift surgery. The procedure uses a combination of nonsurgical skin rejuvenation techniques, such as BOTOX, fillers, chemical peels and laser treatments, lift the skin, add volume and create a brighter, younger appearance.

Thread Lift

A thread lift (also referred to as a feather lift) uses a hollow needle that inserts a “feather-like” thread under the skin, starting near the cheekbone.  Because a needle is used, the incisions are minimal. Once in place, the skin along the eyes, neck, brow or lip is adjusted and tightened.  On average, 3-4 threads are used to lift moderately sagging skin.

Surgical Technique

A  facelift involves making incisions in the hairline near the ear, which makes them less visible. The skin will be lifted and repositioned, and excess skin will be trimmed. Dr. Khorsandi will use the best techniques suited for each surgical case and desired outcome. In addition to skin tightening, he may also remove or reposition excess fat and tighten the muscles.

Facelift Recovery

There are several stages to facelift recovery. Initially, patients will spend 24 – 48 hours in an aftercare facility for observation. Recovery can vary based upon the technique used and the overall age and health of the patient.  Most patients can expect the following during recovery:

  • An improvement in appearance after 7 – 10 days
  • Healing of facial bruises and swelling after 10 – 15 days
  • A feeling of facial tightness that may last for 30 days
  • The healing along the incisions may take 12 – 18 months with some slight scarring may occur

Expected Cost

Depending on the technique used and the invasiveness of the surgery, the fees vary. On average, a facelift typically costs $10,000. The more complex procedures can go as high as $14,000.

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Average Cost  
$10,000 - $14,000
Recovery Time  
1-2 Weeks
Average Procedure Time  
3-4 Hours
Post-op Follow-up  
1 Week
Procedure Recovery Location  
In & Out-Patient
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Facelift FAQs

Will I Look Fake?

In the days immediately following facelift surgery, patients will feel tight and pulled. These are some short-term effects, but they will subside. It’s important to find a reputable surgeon skilled in facial surgery. Surgeons who know what they are doing will make every effort to work within the confines of the patient’s bone, skin and muscle structures so a younger, more natural look can result.

Visible Scars?

Facelift surgery does require a long incision. However, in almost all cases, these scars are well hidden as they fall just along the hairline and around the ears in the natural folds of the scalp. In most cases, the scars should be barely visible to the naked eye.

Best Age?

The common age range for patients who undergo a facelift is between 50-70. It is safe to say most patients will look 5-10 years younger following a facelift procedure. Younger patients (40-50 years old) generally have stronger skin elasticity so their results may last longer than those of someone older. However, older patients may have results that appear more dramatic and, for them, this can be very worthwhile. Patients should think of a facelift as a process to turn back the aging clock. You will still age, but you will appear a few years younger.

NonSurgical Alternative?

BOTOX®, injectable fillers, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels are examples of some non-surgical procedures that can assist in smoothing out wrinkles, improving fine lines and adding facial volume. These procedures also help to even out skin tone. However, these are treatments that will only affect the skin’s surface. Patients with loose skin, drooping jowls or a sagging neck will need to consider surgery if they want these features improved.

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