If age has left your face looking older, tired, and less attractive due to wrinkles, lines, creases, jowls, a sagging jawline or double chin. Custom facelift surgery performed by leading facial plastic surgeon Dr. Pontell will restore your look. This surgical procedure could be our traditional facelift in Philadelphia or a mini-facelift, based on the degree of sagging skin, fat and muscle.
What is a Facelift?
Fine lines, wrinkles, jowls, and sagging skin typically appear first in the last place we want them: the face and neck. Our Main Line facelift surgery can reduce these tell-tale signs of aging for men and women who would like to rejuvenate their appearance.
Dr. Pontell performs Mini-Facelifts and Traditional Facelifts. At the consultation, he will tell you which procedure would be best for you.
What is Achieved with Facelift Surgery?
Fine lines and wrinkles in the cheeks, around the mouth, and in the neck will be significantly reduced with facelift surgery. Dr. Pontell tightens the underlying facial muscles along with the skin to produce a smoother, youthful appearance.
Elimination of Sagging Skin
Patients who have significant jowling and sagging skin in the face along with a very heavy neck can look up to ten years younger with the traditional facelift procedure. Many patients who have lesser degrees of facial aging can get the results they desire with a mini facelift.
Men and women who choose to enhance their appearance with possibly the best facelift Philadelphia has to offer often experience an incredible boost in confidence. They no longer have to hide their wrinkle-inducing facial expressions or use expensive creams to try to turn back the hands of time. Facelift surgery gives them a rejuvenated appearance they are proud to show off.
What Does A Facelift Entail?
Dr. Pontell’s advanced approach to the rhytidectomy procedure is customized for each patient and provides natural-looking results.
Before the procedure, you will meet with Dr. Pontell to discuss your goals and concerns, and he will assess your face. He will examine your facial tissues to determine what changes are possible and how to best create the most aesthetically pleasing result.
Dr. Pontell may use computer imaging to show you the changes that are possible and to help determine your surgical goal. Once he gains a thorough understanding of your concerns and goals, Dr. Pontell will give you more details about his recommendations for your procedure.
Patients should arrange for someone to drive them home after surgery and stay with them for at least the first day. The recovery time for our Main Line facelift surgery is usually one to two weeks. Swelling may be apparent for several weeks. Patients may resume exercise after two weeks as long as they are careful not to turn their heads to either side forcefully. After six weeks, there are no restrictions.
Any scars that result from this procedure are well-hidden within the hairline and will significantly fade with time. You will be given specific instructions regarding how to minimize the appearance of scarring.
Although you will have some discomfort after surgery, most patients agree that the pain is minimal. Any pain that patients feel can be controlled with prescription medications or regular TYLENOL®.
Will I still look like myself after facelift surgery?
A facelift will not make you look like a completely different person. The goal of facelift surgery is not to alter your appearance but to make you look like a younger version of yourself. Your unique facial characteristics will be what people notice instead of wrinkles and sagging skin. Even when patients need dramatic improvement, the people they interact with usually can’t determine what it is that makes them look so much younger.
How do I avoid the "pulled" look?
Old techniques for rhytidectomy surgery involved only tightening of the facial skin, which resulted in a tight, pulled, and very unnatural look. Dr. Pontell uses advanced techniques with his Philadelphia facelift procedure, which involve tightening the underlying facial muscles and tissues to provide the most natural-looking results.
How long will my facelift results last?
Patients who minimize sun exposure, maintain healthy habits, and do not smoke after surgery can maintain their facelift results for up to ten years. The facelift does not stop the aging process, and the skin can wrinkle and sag again over time. However, after several years, aging will not be as dramatic as it would have been without facelift surgery.
Will a facelift minimize the bags under my eyes?
Patients who are primarily concerned with under-eye bags are better candidates for blepharoplasty (eyelid lift surgery). Patients can combine a facelift with an eyelid lift and brow lift for a total facial makeover.
Can a facelift fix a double chin?
Both mini-facelifts and traditional facelifts address double chins. The traditional facelift is a better option in cases with a large degree of loose skin, fat and muscle and the mini-facelift is typically a good choice in less significant cases.
How much does a facelift cost?
The cost of a facelift varies, from patient to patient, depending upon the extent of the corrections needed. A facelift may include liposuction or tightening the underlying facial muscle structure to achieve a natural-looking outcome. The cost can range between $7,500 and $12,000.
What do I need to do to prepare for a facelift?
You will need to make plans to have someone drive you home from your procedure as the surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia. Arrange for a friend or family member to stay with you a night or two after your surgery. If you smoke, you must stop for several weeks prior to your surgery. Fill all prescriptions prior to your surgery, eat healthy, and avoid alcohol for several days (or weeks) prior to the day of your surgery.
What is post-op recovery like?
Every person recovers at a slightly different rate. You should be able to resume regular activities in about three weeks. By this time, most of your swelling will have subsided to the point that you should feel comfortable when in social situations. Your body will continue to heal, and at around the six week mark, you should feel back to normal.
Is there a hematoma risk?
Hematoma, a collection of blood beneath the skin causing swelling and pressure, is one of the more common complications that can occur after a facelift. While very rare, should it occur (typically within 24 hours of surgery), it must be treated immediately. The best way to avoid complications is to ensure your surgery is performed by an experienced, board-certified facial plastic surgeon. Dr. Jonathan Pontell has a 5-star rating on realself.com.
Are there any risks or side effects associated with a facelift?
As with any surgical procedure, there are risks. If you have had an adverse reaction to anesthesia in the past, it is important to inform Dr. Pontell. Closely following your doctor’s aftercare instructions carefully will help you have a shorter, easier, more comfortable recovery.