Questions about Facelift Surgery

What is a Face Lift?

A face lift is a surgical facial rejuvenation procedure designed to combat some of the more common and troublesome signs of aging.

What Can a Face Lift Treat?

A facelift treats many symptoms of facial aging, many of which cannot be treated well using any other technique. These include:

  • Sagging cheeks
  • Jowls
  • Poorly defined jaw
  • Sagging skin in the neck
  • Excessive fat in the neck
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Marionette lines
  • Turkey gobbler neck
  • Vertical bands in the neck

We most often perform a face lift together with a neck lift to get the most natural-looking and long-lasting results. A neck lift is generally only performed separately when someone has excessive fat in the neck and the skin of the neck is tight.  Endoscopic Browlifts are often performed with face and neck lifts. For facial aging, the three procedures work best in combination and are all done at the same time.

What Can A Face Lift Not Treat?

Although nothing gives the same degree and scope of facial rejuvenation as a face lift, it does not treat everything. It does not, for example, address sagging or puffy eyelids--which are treated using eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty)--or a sagging or wrinkled brow--which can be corrected using a brow lift.

Haven't Injectables And Lasers Made The Face Lift Obsolete?

No. Newly developed technologies have given us more treatment options. Injectables like BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers are great spot-treatments for isolated concerns and are great for people who do not yet need a full face lift to maintain their youthful appearance. They can also be used, along with laser skin rejuvenation, as a complement to a facelift to help you achieve the best and most natural results.

What Kind Of Face Lift Should I Get?

Face lifts don't come in just a few styles, but are as unique as faces themselves. Face lifts are given names for two reasons: for text books and for marketing. Our experienced surgeons do not offer face lifts "by the book" or marketed using clever names like "weekend," "lunch time" or "lifestyle" lifts.  At the Feagin & Owen Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center, you will get a face lift that is custom-designed for you, designed to give you great, long-lasting results.  We can perform more invasive or less invasive face lifts.  We will let you decide what areas you want improved and how much you want them improved.  This will help you decide which type of procedure that you want.

Will A Face Lift Change My Face?

No. We always strive to make you look like yourself, only younger. A swept or tight look is the mark of an inexperienced or hurried surgeon. Our patients often come to us with compliments from friends and loved ones that they look just like themselves, but refreshed.

What Is Recovery From A Face Lift Like? When Will I See Final Results?

After your face lift, you will experience some discomfort, bruising, and swelling. How long this persists depends on the extent of lifting you desire.   The minimal invasive face lifts allow you to return to work in around three days.  A more extensive face lift with neck and brow lift usually requires about 10 – 14 days off work. Your final results will settle in gradually and continue to improve for over a month after surgery.

Although recovery from a face lift may seem long when considering it in contrast with less-invasive procedures, remember that nothing else can rejuvenate your face the way a face lift can. The best tradeoff between great results and a longer down time is a decision we will discuss with you.

Why Should I Choose Feagin & Owen For My Face Lift?

For a surgical procedure like a face lift, you should always work with a board-certified plastic surgeon. A face lift is a very complicated procedure, and if you get poor results they can be difficult or impossible to correct. And your face is your identity. Protect it by working only with a surgeon who you know has the qualifications to give you the best results from your face lift.

Dr. Charles A. Feagin and Dr. William Owen are board-certified plastic surgeons with a combined 50 years experience giving great face lift results to people in and around Dothan, Alabama; Columbus, Georgia, and Panama City, Florida. You can see some examples of their results in our before and after gallery.

To learn more about face lifts or the Feagin & Owen Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center, please call or email us today to schedule your consultation.