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Facelift Plastic Surgery

plastic surgery 12Facelift surgery or rhytidectomy is a cosmetic surgical procedure which reduces the facial signs of aging such as wrinkles and folds. It helps to improve the overall look of the face and dramatically increases the cosmetic appeal in aged people. It is known as facelift because of the method in which a cosmetic surgeon will lift and tighten up the facial muscles by removing excess fat. The resulting appearance will be more youthful and rejuvenating with pleasant contours.

Facelift can be classified according to the areas of treatment or the type of techniques used. In former case, it is classified into full facelift, mid facelift, lower facelift, mini facelift and thread facelift.

Full facelift is used to treat the most common areas of wrinkles such as cheek, eye creases, chin, mouth and jowls. In mid facelift, only the middle areas of face such as eye creases and cheeks are treated, whereas only the lower chin, mouth, and jaws are treated in lower facelifts. Thread facelifts and mini facelifts are used to minimally treat only some portions in required manner.

According to the techniques employed, facelift can be classified into endoscopic facelift, cutaneous facelift, SMAS (Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System) facelift, S-lift, deep plane lift and sub periosteal facelift.

In any type of facelift surgery, the patients are needed to undertake adequate preparations for sustaining calmness before and after the treatment. The surgery will take place only after successful consultation and counseling sessions. Surgeons will provide further instructions regarding preparation for the treatment which covers all aspects of safety and precaution.


Time required for recovery from facelift will vary depending upon the extent of treatment. The first few days usually involves regular change of bandage, maintenance of drainage tubes until their removal and use of compression masks. Instructions are provided regarding keeping the faces from getting wet.

Subsequently, the patients must ideally follow the cosmetic surgeon’s guideline to sleep in a specific position throughout the initial recovery period. Mentoring will be provided according to individual’s needs regarding activities and routine. Make up and beauty products should not be used until clearance is provided by the surgeon.

Patients should not miss their appointments with the surgeon for the last few stages of recovery as they are crucial in ensuring maximum effectiveness. They will be helpful to monitor and prevent post-surgical complications. After swelling reduces, the patient will grow more satisfied with the treatment.


Most facelift surgeries provide satisfying results but may come at few risks. Patients allergic to anesthesia may develop some related complications. Risks of surgical infections are prevented by appropriate hygienic standards. Scarring, hematoma and nerve damage are other associated risks which can only be cured by another surgery.


Cost can only be determined by consultation with a surgeon. They mostly depend on the choice of anesthesia, type and technique of facelift. Dr Trang Vo-Nguyen provides facelift surgery to the people of Northern Virginia, Loudoun County, Fauquier, Middleburg and surrounding regions.

For more infomation please contact Dr. V. Dr. Trang Thuy Vo-Nguyen, known to her patients as “Dr. V,” is a board certified facial plastic surgeon providing the latest surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures in Northern Virginia, Leesburg, Loudoun, Fairfax, Warrenton, Fauquier, Arlington, Manassas, Middleburg, Prince William, and other areas.

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