What is a facelift?

The plastic surgery procedure known as a facelift works to improve and correct several parts of the face and neck. It defines the neck, elevates the cheeks, and improves the lower face jowls. It tightens the muscles beneath the skin of the neck, which tightens the skin and removes excess fat.

Who is a good candidate for a facelift?

Candidates for a facelift by Sacramento facial plastic surgeon Craig E. Berris should be in optimal health and may require a medical clearance. The ideal candidate is someone who is beginning to show some signs of aging. This may be evident in sagging around the forehead or jowls and other areas.

What happens during a facelift consultation?

Dr. Berris will meet with you in his office in Sacramento where he will spend time getting to know you to offer the best plan for you personally. He will examine you and look for specific signs of aging in the face. He will then show you before and after photos of those who have had the procedure with him. You will receive a recommendation and dialed explanation about the techniques he will use.

Where is the facelift performed?

As a plastic surgeon in Sacramento, Dr. Berris will carry out the facelift at the Center for Cosmetic Eyelid & Laser Surgery.

How long does a facelift procedure take?

Typically, Dr. Berris will require three to four hours to perform the facelift.

How is the procedure performed?

IV sedation is the anesthesia used throughout the procedure. An incision is made above and in front of the ear and then around the earlobe to the back of the ear. There may also be an incision made beneath the chin. Muscle below the skin will be tightened, and excess skin will be trimmed away. The incisions will be closed with fine suture and small metal clips in the scalp.

Is a facelift painful?

There is little pain associated with a facelift with Dr. Berris. However, someone patients may experience mild pain. Prescription pain medication will be provided for discomfort.

How is the recovery process?

An elastic facial support will be supplied, which will keep most swelling and bruising to a minimum. Bruising typically goes away in two to three weeks, while total healing may take three to six months.

Patients in recovery should get rest in the first days and avoid any strenuous activities. Staying well-hydrated and being careful of the position you rest your head is important, as well.

Contact Us Today to Learn More

If you are interested in discussing the possibility of a facelift or want to find out more information about the procedure, contact us at our Sacramento office anytime. Dr. Berris and the staff will be happy to answer your questions or schedule a consultation.