DR WILLIAM PORTUESE | 1101 MADISON ST #1280 SEATTLE, WASHINGTON 98104 | (206) 624-6200
Dr William Portuese - Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon in Seattle WA

Top Questions About Facelift Surgery

How much does a facelift cost?

The price of a face lift is determined by 3 fees, which include time in the operating room, time under anesthesia, and the surgeon’s fee for performing the facelift procedure. It’s important to shop quality, not price since this is your face. It’s important to have very natural appearing results. The cost of a facelift is located on our website.

Does facial microcurrent help rejuvenate the face?

Microcurrent to the face is a mild electrical stimulant to the facial muscles. It will have no bearing on lifting the face. A face lift consists of tightening loose facial and neck skin, tightening jowls, tightening loose facial and neck muscles, and removing fatty deposits in the neck. Micro-current cannot accomplish those goals.

Recovery time after a facelift?

The recovery after a facelift usually involves 2 weeks of some degree of visible swelling and bruising. In our practice we do not use any bandages or wraps around the face. We use surgical suction drains known as Jackson-Pratt drains to remove blood out from underneath the skin. These drains were left in place anywhere from one to four days after the surgery to remove the excess blood accumulating underneath the skin. Patient’s heal faster with drains than bandages. Anticipate 2 weeks for the recovery period.

How long does swelling and numbness last after a facelift?

Visible swelling and bruising has dissipated at 2 weeks after the surgery and patients are able to apply makeup to cover up any residual swelling. Full healing after a facelift takes 2-3 months to allow all of visible minor irregularities and swelling to subside. Numbness usually takes 2-3 months to subside as well, but a rare occasion can be permanent around the ears.

How long do facelift results last?

A properly performed facelift will last a lifetime. Excess skin in the face and the neck will start to become loose again usually in 7-10 years after the procedure, and a secondary facelift procedure can be performed at that time.

What is the best procedure for firming the neck and chin area?

A comprehensive lower face and neck lift accomplishes tightening up loose facial and neck skin, tightening loose facial and neck muscles, and removal of fatty deposits in the neck. The fatty deposits in the neck are located in 2 areas, known as submental fat above the platysma muscle, and sub—platysmal fat below the platysma muscle. Removal of both fatty deposits can rejuvenate the neck along with a platysma plasty.

What is the best way to get rid of jowls?

The only procedure that can successfully remove the jowls is a face lift. The jowls are composed of excess fatty deposits from the cheeks that have descended downward with gravity. A facelift accomplishes re-suspending the jowls by tightening the SMAS and facial muscles.

How long does a facelift take?

In our practice, and lower face and neck lift takes approximately 2-1/2–3 hours under a general anesthetic. The procedures performed in a licensed and certified outpatient surgery center. The anesthesia is performed by a board-certified physician anesthesiologist for patient safety and comfort. The face lift procedure involves tightening loose facial and neck skin, tightening the jowls, tightening the neck muscles in 3 locations, and removal of any fatty deposits in the neck.

Mini lift versus a facelift?

A mini lift tends to give a mini result, so it has a very limited applicability in our practice. The high majority of patients in our practice undergo a lower face and neck lift which addresses a comprehensive rejuvenation of the entire face and neck.

Bruising after a facelift?

In our Seattle practice, we used surgical suction drains placed underneath the skin to help try to prevent a hematoma and lessen the bruising. There are no bandages present. The drains are left in place for anywhere from one to four days depending upon the amount of drainage that occurs after the procedure. Since the drains are removing blood, there is minimal bruising associated with the procedure.

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