Facial Contouring (Facelift)

Facial Contouring (Facelift)


Facelift is one of the most frequently requested types of plastic surgery, and Dr. Gary Vela has a wealth of experience helping patients achieve a natural looking, youthful appearance by way of this procedure. As a board-certified cosmetic surgeon, he understands the unique needs and desires of each patient, and he’s aware that since the face is the focal point of one’s appearance, having a facelift is a sometimes-intimidating step to take.

If you are considering a facelift, you can rest assured that Dr. Vela will listen very carefully as you explain your concerns and your expectations. He will also go over your options with you in great detail during a private consultation.

Features Corrected by a Facelift

There are several variations of facelift surgery. A facelift can help eliminate such problems as:

  • Deep lines or folds from the corner of the nose to the corners of the mouth
  • Jowls or a loss of a well-defined jawline
  • Sagging cheeks
  • Deep wrinkles in the cheeks
  • Wrinkles, loose skin, vertical cords or excess fatty tissue in the neck

A facelift alone cannot improve all facial problems, however. It cannot correct all wrinkles around the mouth, sagging eyebrows, or excess skin or fatty deposits in the upper and lower eyelids. Other procedures are used to treat these areas. A facelift and one or more other facial procedures can be combined in one surgery.

Candidates for Facelift Surgery

The best candidates for facelift surgery are healthy patients whose face and/or neck have started to sag, but whose skin still retains some elasticity. Most facelift candidates are in their forties to sixties, but even people in their seventies and eighties can benefit from a facelift. Patients who plan to lose a significant amount of weight should consider losing the weight first before undergoing a facelift.

The Facelift Surgery

A patient undergoing a facelift will receive general anesthesia. The incisions for a facelift are usually made in the contour of the ear, extending around the earlobe and back into the hairline. After the surgery, the incision scars are easily concealed by your hair. A small incision under your chin may also be used.

Once the necessary incisions are made, excess skin will be removed and the underlying tissues will be appropriately adjusted. Temporary drainage tubes may be put in place after the facelift surgery to help drain away accumulating fluid.

After the procedure is completed, the drainage tubes will be in place for a day or two, and you may experience bruising, swelling, or discoloration, which is normal. It will be several weeks before your new face is “ready.”