Fairbanks Plastic Surgery

Grant A. Fairbanks, MD

Cosmetic & Reconstructive Plastic Surgery


Facelift or Facial Rejuvenation

Facelift Overview

  • Also known as “Facial Rejuvenation” Surgery
  • A popular cosmetic procedure with high satisfaction
  • Enhances the appearance of the face
  • Uses advanced surgical techniques
  • Incisions are placed to produce optimal results
  • A 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 and feel good. A good diet and exercise help to keep the body rejuvenated. However, this does not always help the face to do the same. 

Facelift, Before l Grant A Fairbanks, MD l Fairbanks Plastic Surgery l Salt Lake City, UT
Facelift l Salt Lake City, UT l After, Front Smile

The Facelift, or facial rejuvenation, is a well-performed surgery. A facelift is the best way to restore the appearance of the face using advanced surgical techniques. Our facelift at Fairbanks Plastic Surgery is a popular cosmetic procedure. It is popular because it provides a long-lasting, youthful, and more natural-looking appearance…and…you still look like yourself!
Facelifts with catchy names may have some initial impressive results. However, these results may not last. We recommend when considering a facelift to research facelift options. Many of the “catchy name” facelifts are nothing more than “mini lifts”. These “mini lifts” are similar to the earliest facelifts performed decades ago; in other words, outdated. Often the results are disappointing. Besides, the mini lifts require a “touch-up” within a short time. Since facelift techniques have advanced the results can last longer and look natural. Go for the optimal results and enhance your appearance with state of the art procedures at Fairbanks Plastic Surgery.

*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. Facial resurfacing refers to changes with limited tightening on the skin’s surface. Facial resurfacing procedures include dermabrasion, laser, and chemical peels. Resurfacing procedures can be helpful, particularly for those who desire improvement of their “fine wrinkles”. Consequently, results cannot be expected to be the same as facial rejuvenation surgery. The well-performed facelift gives a more youthful appearance and provides higher satisfaction.


Candidates for Facelift Surgery

Candidates for facelift surgery include both women and men who are becoming more aware of their aging appearance.

Other factors include:

  • Disappointment with resurfacing procedures
  • Good physical health
  • Non-smoker
  • Positive outlook
  • Realistic expectations

The Facelift Procedure

The telltale signs of a facelift are 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 missing tragus (trapdoor over the ear canal). For this reason, the facelift offered at Fairbanks Plastic Surgery decreases the visibility of the scars and these telltale signs. Incisions are placed accordingly to produce optimal results. The small incision under the chin allows for additional tightening of the neck muscles. Furthermore, the facelift with the most impressive results can be considered a double-lift. First, the deeper tissues are raised followed by the lifting of the skin.  

Finally, at the end of the procedure, a protective dressing is placed which helps reduce swelling and bruising. This dressing is changed the next day. This approach 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?

  • Usually, a tight, windblown look is 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 sideburns, giving a “white wall” look is a giveaway for the average facelift.
  • The “quickie” procedure often results in a lesser improvement over a shorter time.


Facelift Recovery

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


What to Expect

Results vary with each patient. The facelift can help with a positive outlook on life. An active and healthy lifestyle will help you better maintain this younger-looking appearance. A proper diet and regular exercise will increase the quality of life. In other words, decrease unwanted weight gain which can be seen in the face. The Fairbanks Facelift often has results that keep a person looking younger for more than 10 years after the facelift. Some patients feel their appearance reversed 15 or even 20 years after their facelift procedure. 

*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 thinking about 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 procedure is explained and all your questions are answered. Call Fairbanks Plastic Surgery at 801-951-8099 today and schedule your consultation for your Facelift.

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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.