Aging skin can make it quite difficult to appear healthy, no matter how hard you are working to take care of yourself. If you appear tired and washed out or you notice that your skin looks droopy, it can be hard to take pride in your appearance. If you’re considering a facelift, or rhytidectomy, in Philadelphia or New Jersey, schedule a consultation with the professionals at Becker Plastic Surgery for a conversation about what to expect and how to prepare for the best results possible.
- What is a Facelift?
- The Facelift Procedure in Philadelphia and New Jersey
- Recovering From A Facelift With Support From Our Team
- Patient Results
- What’s the Difference Between a Facelift and a Mini Facelift At Becker Plastics?
- Scheduling Your Consultation With Our Surgeons
- Patient Reviews
- Personal Preparation For Your Facelift or Mini Facelift
- Facelift FAQs
- Contact Us
What is a Facelift?
Facelift surgery addresses common signs of aging by removing excess skin and tightening the underlying facial structures. It can also include removing fat and drooping skin from underneath the chin.
Properly performed, a facelift will reduce sagging skin and other signs of aging in the lower face and create a more youthful appearance. The entire procedure is designed to produce minimal scarring that can be easily camouflaged within the hairline. The results are long-lasting.
The Facelift Procedure in Philadelphia and New Jersey
Once you have attended a consultation and have a thorough understanding of the procedure and your candidacy, you’ll be scheduled for surgery.
During the consultation process, you’ll get instructions on how to prepare for the procedure itself, including medications to avoid prior to your surgery, and instructions for aftercare. Be sure to follow these steps closely, as doing so will reduce risks and promote great results.
You’ll be kept comfortably asleep under general anesthesia during the procedure. Incisions will be made around your face, placing the cuts in the hairline and/or behind the ears for minimal scarring.
Once the skin is lifted, fat is extracted or redistributed, and any muscle tightening is complete, remaining loose skin will be cut away and reattached at the hairline for a smooth look with less drooping and fewer wrinkles.
Recovering From A Facelift With Support From Our Team
Experts recommend that you prepare for 30 days of recovery after your facelift. You will need help at home for the first few days after the procedure; do not plan to go home alone. There will be check-ups with your surgeon to make sure that your incision is healing well and that there are no signs of infection.
Additionally, it’s critical that you don’t move around more than you absolutely have to during the first 3 to 4 days after your procedure. Use ice or cooling gel packs as instructed, and make sure to stay on top of your pain meds.
If you’re instructed to use cold packs, make sure you use a timer and ice for no more than 20 minutes to avoid frostbite. By the end of your first week of recovery, you may feel well enough to get up and take care of simple chores, but make sure you stay on top of inflammation.
The swelling and bruising from your procedure should start to go down 7 to 14 days after your surgery, and you may be able to go back to work at this point. You’ll have an appointment to remove sutures after your first week of recovery and significant swelling may remain until week 3. Avoid makeup until after the third week as well.
After four weeks, any swelling or numbness from the procedure will be noticeable only to you. Full results should be visible in about 6 months.
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* All patients are unique and individual results may vary.
What’s the Difference Between a Facelift and a Mini Facelift At Becker Plastics?
During a facelift, a long incision is made from the temples down in front of the ears to the neck. A mini facelift in Voorhees only requires a cut around the front of the ear. While this lift can define your jawline and reduce sagging skin, it is not as dramatic as a full facelift.
If you’ve been using dermal fillers and really want a more permanent fix, a mini facelift can be an excellent choice. Additionally, you may be able to have this surgery done in-office and not need to be put under full anesthetic.
Scheduling Your Consultation With Our Surgeons
If you’re considering a facelift in Princeton, Yardley, Voorhees, or Philadelphia, then you may already be visiting our facility for other cosmetic procedures. Perhaps you’ve gotten Botox treatments to address forehead creases or microneedling to firm up the skin under your eyes.
If you’re interested in a procedure that’s a bit more involved, contact Becker Plastics for a discussion about the benefits of a full or mini facelift. At that time, we can discuss any concerns you have and better understand your expectations. You deserve to be fully confident in the skilled professionals who will perform the procedure and manage your care before and after your surgery.
Personal Preparation For Your Facelift or Mini Facelift
Surgery is always a risk and deciding to undergo a facelift is a big step in support of your own confidence. To make sure that you are prepared for this procedure, it’s time to make the healthiest choices possible. Take a hard look at your lifestyle; make sure you’re eating well, exercising regularly, and getting enough rest before your surgery.
Having this solid base of health will make your recovery that much easier. On consultation day, please bring a list of all of the following you currently use:
- Prescription medications
- Over-the-counter medications
- Skincare products
You may need to avoid certain medications for a time prior to your surgery. If you smoke, this is your time to stop; smoking will slow your healing time and may put you at risk of infection. The time leading up to and after your facelift is the time to fully support your health.
Give your skin two weeks. Avoid applying makeup or any other products to your incision until the sutures are removed and the skin is fully healed.
You will have a follow-up appointment just a few days after your surgery and your dressings will be changed at that time. They may be left off or replaced depending on drainage.
Your healing speed will determine the date of your suture removal; every recovery is different. At the latest, expect to have sutures removed in three weeks.
Apply only the products needed to keep the incision clean as you heal from facelift surgery. Avoid touching your face while the skin is healing to reduce the risk of infection.
Light activities at home are possible at the end of the first week, but you want to avoid heavy exercise for 30 days or more after your procedure. Sweating and an increased heart rate will not be good for your incisions.
If you live in the states of Pennsylvania or New Jersey, Becker Plastic Surgery offers facelift among its services. For a full list of services, please visit our Locations page.
The decision to undergo cosmetic surgery is extremely personal. If you’re interested in a conversation about facing each day with more confidence and personal power in Princeton, Voorhees, Philadelphia, or Yardley, we can help. Our team of skilled professionals can help you face the world while feeling great about how young and refreshed you look. To schedule a facelift consultation with one of our skilled plastic surgeons, call our offices today.
256 Bunn Drive, Suite B
Princeton NJ 08540 US
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Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Why choose the Doctors at Becker Plastic Surgery
Kirk Lozada, MD, FACS
- Completed his fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania and has trained with the top Facial Plastic Surgeons in Philadelphia, New York, and New Jersey.
- Has traveled to Ica, Peru with Healing the Children on multiple occasions performing a high volume of cleft lip and palate surgery.
- Is currently a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and has numerous publications and presentations in the field of facial plastic surgery.
Daniel Becker, MD, FACS
- Board Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology (ENT).
- Board Certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS).
- Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS).
- Top-Rated by US News and World Report, Philadelphia Magazine, South Jersey Magazine, Castle-Connelly, and others.
- Read more about rhinoplasty specialist Dr. Becker’s credentials
Nicole Schrader, MD, FACS
- She is a double board certified surgeon in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Otolaryngology & Head/Neck Surgery.
- Is a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- Has over 20 years of experience, 15+ years in private practice and has performed hundreds of facelift surgeries.
- Dr. Schrader Recognized as Best Plastic Surgeon by Town Topics Readers’ Choice Awards.