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Facelift (Rhytidectomy) in Las Vegas, NV

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What is a facelift?

A facelift is used to enhance the face to provide a more youthful appearance. As we age, exposure to the sun, the pull of gravity, and the motions of our facial expressions can cause lines, folds, and sagging skin as our skin loses its elasticity. This procedure can considerably lessen the appearance of some of these effects. Facelifts typically involve the removal of excess skin and tightening of tissues, resulting in firmer, smoother facial skin. At VIP Plastic Surgery, 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.

What Types of Facelifts Are Offered?

There are many techniques — both surgical and nonsurgical — for a facelift that can be performed by Dr. Khorsandi. During your consultation, he will listen to your unique concerns and goals before recommending one of the following types of facelifts:

Surgical Techniques

  • Traditional facelift
  • Short scar facelift
  • SMAS facelift
  • Mid-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 yield 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 best suited to resolve moderate cases of sagging.

SMAS Facelift

SMAS is the superficial musculoaponeurotic 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.

Mid-facelift

The sagging of the cheeks becomes emphasized as a person gets older, resulting in a look that is old and tired. A mid-facelift 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, that 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.

How Is a Facelift Performed?

A  facelift involves making incisions in the hairline near the ear. This placement makes the incisions — and subsequent scarring — much less visible. The skin will be lifted and repositioned while 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 in the area.

What Is the Recovery Process From a Facelift?

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 incisions sites may take 12 – 18 months to heal and have a chance of some slight scarring

How Much Does a Facelift 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 A Facelift Look Fake?

In the days immediately following facelift surgery, the patient's skin will feel tight and pulled. These are some short-term effects and will subside on their own. It’s important to find a reputable surgeon skilled in facial surgery. Dr. Khorsandi 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.

Does a Facelift Cause Any Visible Scars?

Facelifts do require long incisions. 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.

What Is the Best Age to Receive a Facelift?

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.

Is There a NonSurgical Alternative to a Facelift?

BOTOX®, injectable fillers, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels are examples of some nonsurgical 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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