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.