Fairbanks Plastic Surgery

Grant A. Fairbanks, MD

Cosmetic & Reconstructive Plastic Surgery


Facelift Overview

  • Also known as “Facial Rejuvenation” surgery
  • A popular cosmetic procedure with high satisfaction
  • Enhances the appearance of the face
  • Using advanced surgical techniques
  • Incisions are placed to produce optimal results
  • Technique that gives a more natural look
  • Recovery is relative to the patient, most are pleasantly surprised
  • Two weeks off of work is recommended
  • Resume athletic activities in six 6 weeks
  • Look forward to looking younger longer


About Facelift Surgery

In this day of health and fitness, people want to look as good as they feel.  A good diet and exercise help to keep the body rejuvenated; however, this does not always help the face to do the same.  

A well-performed procedure known as the Facelift or Facial Rejuvenation surgery may be the most predictable way of restoring the appearance of the face, using advanced surgical techniques. Our facelift is a popular cosmetic procedure that provides a long-lasting, youthful, and more natural-looking appearance…and…you can still look like yourself.

While advertised facelifts that have catchy names may have some initial impressive results, these results may not last.  It is recommended that one considering a facelift should research the facelift options. Many of the “catchy name” facelifts are nothing more than “mini lifts” which are similar to the earliest facelifts performed decades ago. Often the results are disappointing, requiring a “touch-up” within a relatively short period of time. Since the techniques for facial rejuvenation have advanced so that results can last without looking like you’ve had a facelift, doesn’t it make sense to go for optimal results and enhance your appearance with state of the art procedures?

*Disclaimer: Individual results vary. Images do not constitute a promise or representation of any particular outcome or experience.

What’s the Difference?

Facelift surgery is different from facial resurfacing procedures such as dermabrasion, laser, and chemical peels. Facial resurfacing refers to superficial changes in the skin with limited tightening of the skin. This can be beneficial in many cases, particularly for those who desire improvement of their “fine wrinkles”. Just the same, one cannot expect the same results attained with facial rejuvenation surgery. The well-performed facelift achieves a more youthful appearance and provides higher satisfaction.


Candidates for Facelift Surgery

The typical candidates for facelift surgery include women and men who are becoming more aware of their aging appearance.

Other factors include:

  • Disappointment with noninvasive procedures such as chemical peels and laser
  • Good physical health
  • Non-smoker
  • Positive outlook
  • Realistic expectations


The Facelift Procedure

Incisions are placed to produce optimal results.  The telltale signs of a facelift include a shortening or even loss of sideburns, hair loss causing a “white wall” appearance, obvious scars, stitch or staple marks behind the ears, tethered earlobes, and often a short or absent tragus ( (trapdoor over the ear canal). The facelift offered at Fairbanks Plastic Surgery decreases the visibility of the scars and these telltale signs. The small incision under the chin during our facial rejuvenation allows for additional tightening of the neck muscles. The facelift with the most impressive results can be considered a double-lift, in that the deeper tissues are raised followed by the lifting of the skin.  

At the end of the procedure a protective dressing is placed, which helps reduce swelling and bruising; this dressing is changed the next day. The care in this technique minimizes bruising and swelling, allowing patients to go out in public within 12-14 days.

*Disclaimer: Individual results vary. Images do not constitute a promise or representation of any particular outcome or experience.

What to Avoid in Facelift Surgery?

  • A tight, windblown look is usually the giveaway that a person has had a facelift, even years later.
  • Tethered earlobes and the shortening or loss of the tragus (the trap door over the ear canal) are undesirable deformities.
  • A shortened or absent sideburn, giving a “white wall” look, is a giveaway for the average facelift.
  • The quickie procedure often results in lesser improvement over a shorter period of time.


Facelift Recovery

For most individuals, facelift recovery is better than anticipated.  Most patients of facial rejuvenation in Salt Lake City require less pain medication compared to other cosmetic procedures. Some feel that they can be more active after surgery as a result. However, rest and relaxation are strongly recommended so that the individual may heal well with less bruising and swelling. The facelift patient notices improvement each day as the swelling goes down.  Dressing changes are done within the first week after surgery. Typically the patient can shower within 3 days of the procedure.  Instructions are given to help understand how to care for the incision sites and activity limitations. By six weeks the patient is able to resume all activities to include aggressive exercise.


What to Expect

Results will vary with each patient. The facelift can help with a positive outlook on life.  A lifestyle that is active and healthy will help to better maintain this younger looking appearance. A proper diet and regular exercise will increase quality of life by decreasing unwanted weight gain, which can be seen in the face.  The facelift performed at Fairbanks Plastic Surgery in Salt Lake City often has results that keep a person looking younger for more than 10 years after the facelift.  As compared to their photographs before the surgery, some patients feel that their appearance reversed 15 or even 20 years.

*Disclaimer: Individual results vary. Images do not constitute a promise or representation of any particular outcome or experience.

Call for a Consultation

So, you’ve been considering a facelift to achieve a more youthful appearance and look forward to looking younger longer; make an appointment at Fairbanks Plastic Surgery for a consultation at which time the principles of the procedure are explained and all your questions are answered. Call Fairbanks Plastic Surgery at 801-951-8099 today to schedule your consultation for your Facelift.


Related Procedures

Forehead Lift / Brow Lift

Blepharoplasty – EyeLid Lift

Rhinoplasty or “Nose Job

Lip Augmentation or Lip Enhancement


Neck Lift

Botox Treatments


*All post-operative pictures are of real patients of Fairbanks Plastic Surgery. Identifiable images are used with patient permission.