Age Gracefully...With a Little Help
It happens to all of us, the signs of aging. Fortunately, you don't have to just accept the changes -- you can literally erase years from your appearance with facial plastic surgery. A facelift by a specialist like Philadelphia surgeon Dr. Hove, who focuses exclusively on the face and neck area, can restore your youthful radiance (without making you look "done.")
The origins of the facelift are somewhat shrouded in secrecy because during its first reports at the turn of the 1900’s, cosmetic surgery was still considered taboo in most cultures, and neither the surgeon nor the patient wanted their identity revealed. Surprisingly, it was not until the 1970’s that surgeons truly understood and appreciated the facial tissues important in achieving a long-lasting facelift or neck lift result. This has spawned many different variations and techniques, but the principle is still the same- the tissue layer deeper than the skin must be tightened in addition to the skin itself. As the face ages, skin becomes more loose, and we lose volume in the cheek fat pads. This leads to the soft tissues descending and sliding toward the center of the face, causing "jowls" to form, and creating cheek folds (nasolabial or melolabial folds) and creases at the corners of the mouth (marionette lines). However, each face is unique, and the surgical technique must be individualized for each patient. You want a surgeon who has that range of experience and knowledge to be able to recognize these differences, and adjust the technique to fit each subtle variation in anatomy. Dr. Hove has performed hundreds of facelifts, and considers this his specialty.
The Fees- How much does a facelift cost?
The cost of a facelift can vary greatly, depending on what technique is needed. Because every person's anatomy is different, each and every face needs unique consideration and approach. But in general, this can range from $5000-$10,000 total (which includes anesthesia, facility and surgery fees), while less invasive approaches (such as a mini facelift, S-lift, or Lifestyle lift), can range from $3000-$6000 total.
After any facelift, we routinely instruct patients to be restful for the first week, while applying ice continually for the first 2 days. This greatly reduces swelling and bruising. For traditional facelifts, a bulky gauze pressure dressing is applied for the first 24 hours, then removed and replaced with a lighter elastic dressing for the next 6 days. For a mini facelift, only a smaller elastic dressing with gauze is required at the start. Pain is mild, as most patients describe that "they look worse than they actually feel" for the first 2-3 days, then often switch to just Tylenol. Dr. Hove once had a patient tell him, "Oh my gosh, that was easier than going to the dentist"! At the first week after a facelift, Dr. Hove removes the stitches. Then, most patients feel comfortable applying makeup and going out in public. Not that Dr. Hove condones this, but we even had one of our mini facelift patients play tennis with her friends just three days after the procedure.