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What Happens During a Face Lift?

While rhytidectomy is an outpatient procedure, Dr. Velargo will discuss options regarding anesthesia with you. Your sense of comfort and medical history are the most important factors in making this decision. The procedure can be performed in his office-based procedure room under oral sedation with local anesthesia only, or it can be performed in an outpatient surgical facility in the community with conscious sedation or general anesthesia.

Dr. Velargo’s training and experience includes a variety of facelifting methods that are customized for your needs, but he always tries to make the shortest possible incisions in hidden areas. Face lift incisions are often made inside the hairline and/or behind the ear for optimal camouflage.

In a facelift, Dr. Velargo tightens and secures the underlying SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system) and facial muscles for strength and then removes any remaining loose, sagging skin. It is this technique that allows for face lift durability, as well as a natural-appearing result since it is not the skin that is being stretched for stability.

Additionally, the vector that Dr. Velargo secures the SMAS and re-drapes the skin and soft tissue of the face ensures that the patient will receive a natural-appearing face LIFT and not and a wind-blown-appearing face PULL.

Dr. Velargo incorporates liposculpture (liposuction and direct fat excision) into nearly every face and neck lift. He feels that a better jaw and neck line can be created by artistically sculpting these areas.

Read more about Face/Neck Lift Recovery & Results →