A facelift (rhytidectomy) with Seattle cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Craig Jonov, is a procedure performed to minimize the signs of aging on the face. Factors such as genetics, sun exposure, and alcohol and tobacco use, affect how the face ages, eventually resulting in decreased muscle tone and lost skin elasticity. A facelift addresses issues of the mid-face, lifting deep layers, redistributing fat, repositioning underlying tissue, and redraping overlaying skin. Dr. Jonov may recommend an injectable filler or a product such as BOTOX to compliment the results of the facelift. In addition, to address issues below the chin, a neck lift may be performed as well.
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"Perfect - Lynnwood, WA - I have seen Dr. Jonov a number of times throughout the years, as I went through my 50s and entered my 60s. His main theme throughout has been to keep it looking natural. He does not push for more treatments and surgeries, but in fact has told me to hold off for a few more years (with a smile and a "Now it's time" when it was)when I asked about a surgery. His eye is excellent for assessing what procedure, often very minor, will when strategically placed take the years off and result in a healthy, glamorous appearance. He always asks what I think I want corrected first, but I now trust his eye and skills enough that my reply is "You tell me." There are always followups to even minor procedures. They make sure the results are perfect. I will continue to be a long-term client of Dr. Jonov."- B. / RealSelf / Mar 29, 2016
"Dr Jonov performed the Swift-lift procedure and fat transfer in my lower face and neck area. I am totally amazed by the results and can't thank Dr Jonov enough for his professional expertise and his whole staff for their help and assistance with all my concerns and scheduling. I have been to several plastic surgeons in the past and Dr Jonov is the best! I will see him exclusively for any other concerns I may have. I highly recommend Dr Jonov and his staff to anyone looking for the best doctor and facility in Washington. Thank You Dr Jonov for everything you have done for me. I feel great!"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Apr 19, 2016
There are various techniques used today to perform a facelift. Facial anatomy, skin laxity and the overall aesthetic goal of the patient will determine the best approach. Each procedure will be unique to the patient and will vary based on the type and location of the incision, the number of tissue layers affected, the plane of elevation and the level of invasiveness.
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The skin only facelift has been in practice since the early 1900s. Known as a cutaneous facelift, this technique is less invasive because it addresses the skin only. The result of this surgery is a bit subtler than some of the newer muscle tightening procedures. However, it also offers a lower risk and recovery period for the patient.
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This SMAS facelift is considered the gold standard. This surgery, while more complicated, produces results that are more dramatic and longer lasting. The technique involves manipulating a group of muscles beneath the skin known as the superficial musculo-aponeurotic system (SMAS). This section of muscle controls facial expression. An incision is made along the hairline from the temple to just behind the earlobe. The skin is then separated and lifted. The underlying muscles and tissue are tightened and secured so they maintain their new position.
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The deep plane lift goes a step further than the traditional approach. It is better suited for those with severe sagging and drooping — usually reserved for older patients. In addition to the SMAS layer being adjusted, a deeper section, known as the deep plane, is also treated. While this procedure offers certain advantages over a traditional facelift, surgeons must be skilled and act with caution so facial nerves are not damaged during the surgical process.
A mini facelift is geared towards patients who want some of the benefits of a facelift, while at the same time minimizing the cost and invasive nature of the surgery. Some procedures that are considered “mini” include the “Quicklift” or “Lifestyle Lift”. Patients who wish to maximize the outcome of their surgery, resulting in the most dramatic results, will most likely need to turn to having a full facelift in order to meet these aesthetic goals.
All facelift procedures are performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility. The length of the surgery will vary, but it generally takes between 3-4 hours. This surgery is considered an outpatient procedure. However, some patients may be required to stay overnight in the hospital. After surgery, patients will be bruised and swollen and the face and neck will feel tight. This will gradually improve within a few days. It is common for patients to feel anxious about how their face will appear. Patients need to understand it can take several full months for the final results to appear.
Each facelift surgery is unique and will be tailored to each patient. Most patients can expect to pay between $6,000-$8,000 for a less invasive/skin only facelift, while more invasive procedures, such as the SMAS facelift and the deep plane facelift, can run between $8,500-$14,000. RealSelf.com lists the average facelift cost at $11,050.
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- Average Cost
- $7,500 - $14,000
- Recovery Time
- 10-14 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 3-4 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 3-7 Days
- Procedure Recovery Location
- In & Out-Patient
BOTOX®, injectable fillers, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels are examples of some non-surgical procedures that can assist in smoothing out wrinkles, improving fine lines and adding facial volume. These procedures also help to even out skin tone. However, these are treatments that will only affect the skin’s surface. Patients with loose skin, drooping jowls or a sagging neck will need to consider surgery if they want these features improved.
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In the days immediately following facelift surgery, patients will feel tight and pulled. These are some short-term effects, but they will subside. It’s important to find a reputable surgeon skilled in facial surgery. Surgeons who know what they are doing will make every effort to work within the confines of the patient’s bone, skin and muscle structures so a younger, more natural look can result.
Facelift surgery does require a long incision. However, in almost all cases, these scars are well hidden as they fall just along the hairline and around the ears in the natural folds of the scalp. In most cases, the scars should be barely visible to the naked eye.
The common age range for patients who undergo a facelift is between 50-70. It is safe to say most patients will look 5-10 years younger following a facelift procedure. Younger patients (40-50 years old) generally have stronger skin elasticity so their results may last longer than those of someone older. However, older patients may have results that appear more dramatic and, for them, this can be very worthwhile. Patients should think of a facelift as a process to turn back the aging clock. You will still age, but you will appear a few years younger.