Simon Madorsky, MD Premier Orange County
Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

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Face Lift | Reverse Severe Aging

The Face Lift corrects the most severe signs of aging - nasolabial folds, jowls, loose facial and neck skin, and under chin neck laxity (wattle). It combines elements of the Mini Lift and Neck Lift for the most effective surgical correction of facial aging. It is a golden standard of facial rejuvenation. It can be combined with volume restoration of the face. This is the most dramatic way to restore a more youthful appearance.

What is Face Lift?

Face Lift, or rhytidectomy, treats midface, deep nasolabial folds (laugh lines), jowls, and the wattle (loose neck skin and muscle). Combining the Mini Lift and Neck Lift procedures into one allows Dr Madorsky to treat multiple areas of aging and rejuvenate that face leaving a refreshed appearance.

Face Lift Procedure

Face Lift surgery is often done along with volume restoration and is the best way to restore a more youthful, vibrant appearance. The procedure is done by making discreetly hidden incisions in the hairline of the temples, down the front creases of the ears, and back behind the ears into the hairline. The underlying muscles are lifted, fat is repositioned or removed, and the skin is tightened over the repositioned structures. This rejuvenates the midface and defines the neck and jaw line. To prevent a pulled appearance, the addition of volume to flattened or hollow areas is often recommended by using fat transfer or fillers to restore youthful, rounded features. A face lift does not improve the appearance of the eyes or forehead, so treating these areas as well should be considered to achieve the most natural, harmonious result.

Advancements in face lift techniques allow for a very tolerable recovery period. Discomfort is mild and can be easily controlled with medication if needed. Dressings are removed after 1-2 days. Sutures are removed after 7 days and then make up can be worn. Swelling and bruising can last 7-10 days, at which time work and social activities can be resumed. Strenuous activities are allowed after 2 weeks and the hidden scars will fade to barely visible lines over the next few months.

Why Choose Face Lift?

  • Aged, worn out appearance from time and sun exposure
  • Loss of skin elasticity resulting in wrinkles of the face and neck
  • Sagging of the cheeks
  • Deep creases to the nasolabial folds (laugh lines)
  • Drooping of the jowls
  • Extra folds under the chin