How is facelift surgery performed?
Dr. Tansavatdi performs several types of facelift surgeries, depending on each patient’s individual needs. Facelifts can be performed on the upper, mid, or lower face specifically, or on the entire face. The latter type is called a “full” or “traditional” facelift, and it’s the most widely recognized and comprehensive method of performing a facelift. It’s the procedure most often recommended for patients who have signs of aging on the brow, near the eyes, on the cheeks, and around the chin and neck. Traditional facelift procedures can use a variety of incision types to treat surface-level or deeper tissue layers, and to change the degree of invasiveness.
During the procedure
In general, Dr. Tansavatdi uses an approach that creates an incision in front of and behind the ear, which may extend into the scalp. During the next step of the procedure, Dr. Tansavatdi gently separates the facial skin from the underlying tissue and lifts the deeper layers. She tightens and lifts the facial muscles to reduce wrinkling and sagging, removes excess fat and skin, repositions pockets of fat into areas that need volume, and re-drapes the skin over the area. The skin is then smoothed and sutured in place. After closing the incisions, Dr. Tansavatdi applies surgical dressings to the face to protect the wounds and to minimize swelling, bleeding, and the potential for hematoma formation.
After the procedure
You will be moved to a monitored recovery room for an hour or two while the anesthesia wears off, and then you will be free to return home. You’ll need to have a responsible adult who is designated ahead of time to pick you up and bring you home. This person will also review recovery instructions with Dr. Tansavatdi, and should remain with you for at least 24 hours after your procedure. Dr. Tansavatdi performs facelift surgery using moderate sedation or general anesthesia to keep you comfortable. Surgeries are performed at an accredited outpatient facility or a local hospital. Your recovery progress will be carefully monitored by Dr. Tansavatdi and her team during regular follow-up appointments.