Who is a good candidate for a facelift?
There is no set age or profile for those who should consider a facelift. Before surgery, Dr. Kelly has a thorough consultation with each patient to analyze their needs and understand their goals, so he can meet their expectations.
How long does the surgery take, and what is the recovery time?
Recovery time depends on the extent of the facelift surgery. For some patients, mini-facelifts can be done in under two hours. Standard facelifts usually take three to four hours and may take up to six when combined with eyelid or brow surgery. Patients’ recovery times differ, but in general, noticeable swelling will go down within 10 to 14 days.
What should I look for in a plastic surgeon?
As with any facelift surgery, ensure that a surgeon is certified by accredited medical boards such as the American Board of Plastic Surgery. These surgeons will go through lengthy and specific training, examinations and requirements for re-certification to avoid complications and make cosmetic surgery safe. All members of both the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery must be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery to be considered for membership. Dr. Kelly is a member of multiple organizations including the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, Greater Miami Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, Florida Medical Association, and Dade County Medical Society. He has been named a “Top Doctor” in local, regional, and national publications every year since 1992.
What are the risks?
Facelifts are safe if performed by a well-trained physician competent in evaluation, judgment and surgical technique. Like any surgery, facelift procedures carry some risks. Infection is possible but rarely occurs because of the face’s abundant blood supply. Bleeding in the postoperative period may result in hematomas, which can require returns to the operating room to evacuate.
I’ve been considering another procedure (rhinoplasty, fillers, etc.). Should I do the procedure in conjunction with my facelift?
If not, how should I prioritize? It will depend upon the patient, but the most common procedure done with facelifts is eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). In fact, these procedures are performed together more often than not.