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Facelift surgery – known in the medical world as rhytidectomy surgery – is a form of plastic surgery performed to enhance the overall facial appearance by counteracting the results of aging. Facelifts can lift and tighten sagging facial skin, reducing wrinkles and restoring a more youthful appearance.

Is a facelift right for me?

A facelift may be right for you if you are disappointed by the appearance of wrinkles and facial folds on your face. You may have hanging skin along your jawline, or have lost volume in your cheeks, causing the skin to hang loosely. Most patients are 35 to 36 years old, and are looking for a long-term method of smoothing the lines and wrinkles on their face, restoring a younger-looking appearance. Good candidates are adults who have realistic expectations regarding this procedure; facelifts cannot make you look like someone else, though they can erase years off your appearance.

How much does a face lift cost?

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of this surgical procedure is just over $5,000. Patients in the West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens area can expect to pay between $4,000 and $7,000 for their rhytidectomy.

How involved is the facelift procedure?

Facelift surgery requires general anesthesia, and takes between two and six hours, depending on its complexity. Rhytidectomy options range from fairly minor procedures to major surgery depending on the extent of surgical work being done. Incisions are made in front of the ear or behind the hairline, enabling the surgeon to lift, trim, and re-contour the facial tissues in order to counteract the natural process of aging. Once the tissues have been sculpted to provide a natural-looking result, the incisions are closed with sutures.

How long is the recovery after a face lift?

Following facelift surgery, most patients take about two weeks away from work to recover. During this time, the face is covered in bandages. Patients can expect bruising, swelling, tenderness, and discomfort. During the recovery phase, wear button-down shirts, sleep with your head and neck elevated, and avoid touching your face. You may feel some tightness or skin numbness as the tissue begins to heal. Most West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens area patients find that the full results of their surgery are visible right after recovery, and remain noticeable up to ten years.

What should I do next?

Are you looking for a procedure that will reverse the visible signs of aging in a dramatic fashion? If so, this procedure may be right for you. West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens area patients seeking facelift surgery are encouraged to call Dr. Kapp today at (561) 833-4022 or fill out our online form for your consultation.