Facelift surgery may be broken down into different components, and which components of surgery patients select will be dependent on what concerns they have about their appearance and what they wish to achieve. These components may include upper and/or lower eyelid blepharoplasty surgery (eyelid lift), brow lift, mid-facelift, mini-facelift, or full face and neck lift.
In many cases, improvement in the quality of the facial skin may be achieved by performing intensive skin care treatments with Retinol based products and vitamin C, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, or facial laser-resurfacing. These treatments are sometimes done before, during, or after facelift surgery. Procedures are available for both men and women.
In some cases, facial liposuction and fat injections may be employed to re-contour the face. In some cases, injections of dermal filler materials such as Sculptra or Juvederm may be employed.
Facelift surgery is usually done under general anesthesia. Smoking, diabetes mellitus, and high blood pressue do pose risk factors for healing complications in facelift surgery, and patients that smoke should notify their physician prior to the procedure. It does take several weeks for swelling to resolve after the procedure, and most patients will take 2-4 weeks off from work after their surgery for re-cooperation. It is very important to avoid sun-exposure during the healing process for optimal results.