Face Lift

Face lift surgery, known in the medical field as rhytidectomy, is designed to tighten facial muscles, remove excess fat, and redrape the skin of the face and neck in order to smooth out wrinkles and other signs of age. Face lift surgery addresses several signs of aging including:

  • Loss of cheek volume
  • Drooping jowls around the jaws
  • Sun damage
  • Creases between the nose and mouth
  • Excess fat and skin folds

Cleveland, Mayfield Heights, and surrounding area residents considering face lift surgery should contact the Cleveland Plastic Surgery Institute today to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Leedy. Our plastic surgeon is known for his expertise, skill, and compassionate manner. Dr. Jason Leedy can make you look and feel younger and fresher with this popular cosmetic procedure.

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The Face Lift Procedure

Dr. Jason Leedy utilizes a number of different face lift techniques. Most can be performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia, and take about three to five hours to complete.

Traditional Face Lift

The traditional face lift begins with an incision near the temple that continues down behind the earlobe. The surface skin is lifted, and the muscles underneath are tightened. Excess fat and skin are removed. The skin is then redraped and the incisions are closed. Scarring from the procedure is minimal and typically can’t be seen because of the placement of the incisions.

In select patients this procedure can be done in the office under local anesthesia. The results tend to be more subtle but allow for a nice, natural improvement without having to under general anesthesia. Dr. Leedy will determine if this is an option for you.

Deep-Plane Face Lift

A deep-plane face lift is an excellent option for those who have sagging neck skin and heavy, drooping cheeks. With the deep-plane face lift technique, Dr. Leedy repositions the SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system). The SMAS is the deep strength layer of the face overlying the facial muscles. Adjusting this layer elevates the deeper soft tissues of the face, restoring youthful facial contours. The deep-plane face lift leaves patients with outstanding results, often lasting for ten years or more.

Complementary Procedures

Face lift surgery is often just part of the facial rejuvenation process. As needed, Dr. Leedy may recommend additional procedures, both surgical such as eye, brow, and neck lifts and non-surgical such as fillers and Botox, in order to help you obtain the results you are looking for.

Contact our Cleveland face lift surgeon for more information on the type of technique that would be right for you.

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Face Lift Recovery

Mild bruising and swelling is common after face lift surgery; however, these side effects will diminish while the face heals. The head will be bandaged and will need to be kept elevated for a few days after the procedure. Pain and discomfort can be alleviated with medication. Depending on the type of face lift technique performed, most patients can resume normal daily activities after ten days. Strenuous exercise should be avoided and extreme care and protection of the face is required for at least two weeks after face lift surgery. The final results of the face lift should be apparent after the first few weeks following the procedure.

Face Lift Risks

All plastic surgeries involve some level of risk. Some of the risks involved with face lift surgery include:

  • Reaction to anesthesia
  • Nerve damage
  • Hematoma (blood collection underneath the skin)
  • Infection
  • Numbness/tingling around the incisions
  • Skin discoloration

Although there are always risks involved with surgery, face lift is considered one of the safest aesthetic procedures available. Dr. Jason Leedy has extensive experience performing face lift procedures and will work with you to minimize any risks associated with the surgery.

Your Consultation for Face Lift Surgery

At the time of your consultation Dr. Leedy will review your medical history and discuss your desires and expectations. He will outline a plan to help accomplish your goals in the safest possible manner. If applicable, Dr. Leedy will provide 3D imaging to help simulate the results that are possible. You will have time to have all your questions answered. If you so desire we can arrange for a previous patient to talk to you about their experience. We approach the consultation as an opportunity to educate a patient about a procedure and you will never feel pressured or rushed to make a decision about what is right for you. All patients are provided the opportunity to return for further discussions about their procedure at no additional charge and if you decide to go forward there is always an additional consultation prior to the surgery. Educated patients are happy patients and your happiness is our only goal.

Contact Our Face Lift Surgeon

We look forward to helping you reduce the signs of aging with face lift procedures that are designed to provide you with a more youthful, refreshed appearance. Contact the Cleveland Plastic Surgery Institute, also serving Mayfield Heights and the surrounding areas, to set up a face lift consultation with Dr. Leedy.

Financing Options

It’s something you’ve always wanted to do, but something else was always there to hold you back. Well, not anymore. We offer CareCredit, a card designed specifically for your healthcare needs. CareCredit can help you move forward with getting the procedure you’ve always wanted. With low minimum monthly payment options, no up-front costs, no prepayment penalties and no annual fees, you can get your procedure sooner.

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