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Face Lift

Reston, Fairfax, McLean, Virginia - Washington, D.C.

At the Fairfax County offices of plastic surgeon Dr. Roberta Gartside, serving the Washington, D.C. area, patients can undergo surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation and enhancement procedures to undo the effects of aging. Options include:

For many people, the structure of the face, including cheekbones, begins to weaken with age, causing the facial tissue to sag. Bags can appear under the eyes, and wrinkles can form in the forehead or around the smile. All of these not only make a person appear older, but can also create the appearance of anger or fatigue. For these structural problems, no superficial skin treatment can help. However, the face lift procedure can lift the face and reinforce its structure.

In consultation with Dr. Gartside, you can decide whether the face lift procedure is for you. If your problem is bags or wrinkles around the eyes, eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, might more effectively target your aging worries. Also, if creases or sagging in the forehead is a problem, a browlift could be a better choice. Both of these procedures can be performed in conjunction with face lift surgery to fully rejuvenate the facial structure.

Though our Washington, D.C. area surgeon performs both browlift and eyelid surgery, these procedures differ significantly from the face lift procedure. In both procedures, the surgeon will make incisions and smooth skin, giving the face an overall younger appearance. Patients can choose to undergo either or both of these procedures in conjunction with the facelift for complete facial rejuvenation. Contact our Washington, D.C.-area office for more detailed information on browlift or eyelid surgery.

The Face Lift Procedure

A face lift is performed on an outpatient basis and generally takes several hours. During the face lift procedure, the patient is put under general anesthesia. Then, the surgeon makes one incision on each side of the face, extending from the temples, just behind the hairline, in front of the ear, and then following the hairline down to the lower scalp. The length and placement of these incisions will vary depending on the procedure you choose to undergo and your desired results, as well as the judgment of the surgeon.

Working from the incision, the surgeon separates the skin from the underlying facial tissue. Fat underneath the skin may be removed using liposuction or trimmed, and the underlying muscle is smoothed and tightened. Then, the skin is pulled back over the new structure, excess skin is removed, and remaining skin is stitched into place, lifting the face and giving it a smoother, younger appearance.

After the Face Lift

For Washington, D.C.-area patients who have undergone facelift or eyelid surgery, swelling, bruising, pain, and distortion of facial features are common in the days that follow. However, these side effects will fade in several weeks. Patients should avoid strenuous activity for several weeks following facelift surgery.

The facelift procedure does not completely halt the facial aging process. A second procedure may be necessary in later years to maintain the original facelift results. Regardless, the face will look better at any point in later life than if the patient had not chosen to undergo facelift surgery.  See also our Midface Lift option.

Endoscopic Face Lift

We also offer a less invasive alternative to the traditional face lift procedure at our Washington, D.C. area offices. The endoscopic facelift uses smaller incisions, through which the surgeon inserts a small endoscope, or camera. Using this technique, the plastic surgeon can lift and rejuvenate the under-layers of tissue without pulling back the facial skin to reveal that tissue. Because this is a less invasive procedure, the endoscopic facelift requires less time for healing and will cause less scarring.

For more information about facelifts and the face lift procedure, contact our Washington, D.C. and Virginia area plastic surgeon to schedule a cosmetic surgery consultation!  Serving the metro Washington, D.C. area including Reston, Fairfax, and McLean Virginia.