The Hurwitz Center offers a variety of facelift options to fulfill your unique needs. You can choose a basic facelift, an extended facelift into the forehead, midface lift, or short scar facelift. In all cases, there is a unique barbed suture Quill suspension of the under the skin SMAS for aesthetically pleasing and long lasting lift. Routinely your own fat is transferred to your face through gentle liposuction elsewhere and lipoaugmentation to incredibly rejuvenate and fill deflated cheeks, deep nasolabial folds, scalloped jawlines and sunken eyes and temples and thin lips. All of these techniques are customized to meet your desires. They are intended to improve your appearance by sculpturing your face, smoothing wrinkles, removing unwanted and adding to deficient fat while tightening lax facial skin. Facelift is the means to long lastingly tighten the neck and jowls. In most cases, facelift surgery can provide a younger, healthier appearance with the least amount of amount of scarring. If you are interested inquire at our Pittsburgh office.
What are the benefits of choosing a facelift?
So how do I know if a facelift is right for me?
During an initial consultation, Hurwitz Center plastic surgeons can determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure based on your medical history, the condition of your skin, and expectations. He may recommend combining your lift with a non-surgical treatment, such as microdermabrasion and AcuPulse™.
Over 40 Years of Experience
Many Years of Experience
Hurwitz Center plastic surgeon have been honing their surgical techniques for many years. With a combined 40 years of experience, they can carefully tailor your facelift to suit your unique features.
At the Hurwitz Center for Plastic Surgery, we are proud to offer advanced treatments in a safe and comfortable environment. From our state-of-the-art surgical center to our relaxing medical spa, you can rest assured you are in good hands with our team.
- The first step is administering anesthesia. In the office operating room we offer local anesthesia with light oral sedation to reduce anxiety. Those who prefer intravenous conscious sedation, or general anesthesia need to be treated in an ambulatory surgery center or hospital at much greater expense.
- Your surgeon will create small incisions near the ears and along the hairline.
- Next, he will tighten underlying tissue with a unique Barbed suture pattern, remove excess skin, and precisely suture close all the incision under slight tension. .
- Some patients also undergo liposuction to eliminate stubborn fat underneath the chin.
- A small suction drain exits behind the left ear and an elastic head wrap is placed. Direct icing and head elevation is for a week.
Your treatment process may differ if you choose a mini or mid-facelift instead of the full procedure.
What to Expect
Patients can generally expect a full recovery within four to six weeks after surgery, provided that they follow their post-surgical instructions precisely. The final result may take more than six months.
You will told what you can expect during your facelift recovery as well as provide you with tips to follow at your pre-surgical appointments. Following these guidelines can minimize your risk of infection and help you achieve satisfying results.
“Patients who cannot devote a full four to six weeks to recovery may consider the benefits of a mini or mid-facelift, which have significantly shorter recovery timelines.”
First Day of Recovery
Like many other facial cosmetic surgeries, facelifts are considered an outpatient procedure, so you will be able to return home the same day. Due to the nature of the procedure and the anesthesia involved, it is imperative that you have a friend or family member drive you home.
As the anesthesia wears off, you may experience some soreness, fatigue, facial tightness, and nausea. Resting is critical during this time. We also recommend taking pain or anti-nausea medications to minimize any discomfort. Having a loved one stay with you to assist you for the first few days is also beneficial.
Weeks One and Two of Recovery
The first week of recovery will be the hardest. Side effects can include swelling, soreness, bruising, and continued fatigue. Resting with your head elevated, taking your medications, and applying cold compresses can help during this time. By week two, these side effects generally begin to subside.
Approximately seven to 10 days after surgery, any sutures will be removed and Dr. Hurwitz will monitor the incisions for any signs of infection. As soon as you feel up to it, we encourage light walking to increase blood flow and promote healing. However, it is imperative that you avoid overdoing physical activity, as it could hinder your recovery.
Weeks Three and Four of Recovery
Most patients can return to work during week three of recovery, as long as their jobs do not require strenuous activity, heavy lifting, or bending over. By this time, energy levels will increase and bruising is minimal or easily concealed with makeup, and you may feel more comfortable going out in public.
Although normal activity can be resumed and you may feel well enough to resume exercise and other physical activity, you should not resume your regular exercise routine for at least six weeks.
Tips to Maximize Your Recovery
In order to experience a quick and comfortable recovery, it is extremely important to:
- Listen to Dr. Hurwitz, abide by your post-operative instructions, and attend your follow-up appointments as directed.
- Avoid strenuous activity for at least six weeks or until cleared by Dr. Hurwitz.
- Keep your head elevated when resting—and at night— to reduce swelling and the severity of bruising.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids.
- Avoid washing your hair or getting your face wet until cleared by Dr. Hurwitz.
- Keep the surgical site clean and dry with fresh bandages.
- Avoid bending over, lifting heavy objects, or overexerting yourself for the first week after surgery.
- Apply cold compresses to reduce swelling.
- Wear your compression garment as directed.
But what will my results look like?
Typically, patients are cleared for full activity after about six weeks. While you may notice a dramatic difference in your appearance, it could take months for your face to heal and up to a year to see final results.
Be patient with your results and continue following your post-op instructions as directed. By the end of your recovery, you could enjoy a more youthful and refreshed appearance.*
A mini facelift focuses on restoring definition in the lower third of the face, including the jawline and upper neck area. Dr. Hurwitz uses refined techniques to reverse signs of aging such as skin laxity in this area, providing natural-looking results that can make you look years younger. During a consultation, he can determine if this treatment is right for you.*
During your initial consultation with Dr. Hurwitz, he will evaluate your skin, review your medical history, and take note of your goals to determine if you are a good candidate. The typical mini facelift candidate is between 30 and 40 years old. The best candidates are non-smokers, since nicotine can severely compromise the body's ability to heal, which is key to the success of cosmetic surgery.
If you also wish to address signs of aging around the eyes and in the brow, you may be a better candidate for a full facelift. Or, if you are only experiencing subtle signs of aging, Dr. Hurwitz may recommend using injectables or other nonsurgical treatments.
Dr. Hurwitz uses sedation and anesthesia to maintain your comfort during the procedure. He will discuss these options with you during your consultation. Depending on the extent of the procedure, he may recommend just a local anesthetic and conscious sedation, or he may recommend general anesthesia.
A mini facelift can address jowls, fat deposits under the chin, and lax skin to help you look fitter and more youthful.
Once the anesthesia and sedation have taken effect, Dr. Hurwitz will create small incisions, usually concealed behind the ears. Next, he will gently tighten lax underlying tissues in the lower face for enhanced definition. Once complete, he will trim away excess tissue and suture your incisions closed. The procedure may take up to two hours to complete. You will be able to return home after surgery, but you should arrange for a friend of loved one to drive. Dr. Hurwitz will provide detailed instructions and schedule follow-up visits to ensure a successful recovery.
Benefits of a Mini Facelift
The results of a mini facelift are subtle, but can provide significant rejuvenation. Dr. Hurwitz utilizes refined techniques to help patients achieve natural-looking results. The lower third of the face is typically one of the first areas to begin showing signs of aging. A mini facelift can address jowls, fat deposits under the chin, and lax skin to help you look fitter and more youthful. Meanwhile, patients who undergo a mini facelift typically experience a significant boost in self-confidence that can benefit many aspects of both your personal and professional life.*
Mid Facelift Surgery
As we age, our collagen production decreases. This results in more wrinkles, uneven facial contours, and sagging skin. Other factors—such as stress and sun damage—can exacerbate these issues. Because the lower eyelids and the cheeks are interconnected, when your cheeks begin to sag, it can affect the area under your eyes, making them appear puffy and haggard. Downward moving tissue in the cheeks can also deepen the lines around your nose and mouth. With a mid facelift, Dr. Hurwitz can reposition the cheeks while smoothing wrinkles and bags under the eyes. This procedure is often combined with fat injections or implants to create smooth and aesthetically pleasing contours.
Who Is a Candidate?
Most patients who desire a mid facelift are over the age of 30. However, if environmental factors, weight fluctuations, or genetics have caused premature aging, it is not uncommon for patients in their 20s to undergo this procedure. You made be a good candidate for a mid facelift if you want to address problem areas in your cheeks, under your eyes, or around your nose. A mid facelift can help address:
- Loss of volume in the cheeks
- Saggy cheeks
- Deep creases and wrinkles around the nose and mouth
- Downward corners of the mouth
- Bags and wrinkles under and around the eyes
During your initial consultation, Dr. Hurwitz will meet with you to discuss your areas of concern so he can format a treatment plan designed to meet your cosmetic goals. To make sure you are a good candidate for facial plastic surgery, he will carefully examine your medical history, current medications, lifestyle habits, skin texture, and facial characteristics. Patients who smoke or have unrealistic expectations are generally not good candidates for a mid facelift.
A mid facelift can tighten sagging skin around your cheeks and the corners of your mouth and improve the tired, hollow-looking areas below your eyes.
How the Mid Facelift Surgery Is Performed
A mid facelift can generally be performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure in about two hours. For your safety, you will need to arrange for a loved one to drive you to and from the procedure. Once anesthesia is administered and you are comfortable, Dr. Hurwitz will make an incision along the hairline near your temples and inside your mouth. If necessary, incisions may also be made along your lower lash line. Dr. Hurwitz has performed many mid facelift surgeries, and he can ensure the incisions are discreet and well-hidden to minimize scarring and encourage a faster recovery.
After Dr. Hurwitz has made the necessary incisions, he will lift and reposition the cheek tissues and muscles while smoothing the skin under and around the eyes, nose and mouth. Dissolvable sutures will be used to hold the repositioned tissues in place. If you have severe volume loss in your cheeks, Dr. Hurwitz can restore facial contours with either fat grafting or implants. Before closing the incisions, any excess skin will be tightened or removed.
Breaking down the Cost of Treatment
The final cost of your facelift will depend on several factors, including the type of technique you choose and the extent of the results you want to experience.
Health insurance rarely covers the price of a cosmetic procedure like a facelift. However, the Hurwitz Center partners with CareCredit®, a third-party financing organization which offers flexible payment plans.
So what specific factors can affect my final treatment cost?
Alternatives to a Facelift
At the Hurwitz Center for Plastic Surgery, we offer a wide range of non-surgical treatments which can reduce the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles.
Injectable treatments, such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers, can both rejuvenate your appearance. In addition, treatments such as laser skin resurfacing can address fine lines and other blemishes.
However, if you have sagging skin, a facelift is the only truly effective option. This procedure can remove excess tissue and tighten muscles for dramatic, yet natural-looking, results.*
“At the Hurwitz Center for Plastic Surgery, we offer a wide range of non-surgical treatments which can reduce the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles.”
“I honestly never thought of myself as a serious candidate for elective surgery ... but I’m already feeling and looking so much better.*” Jill's Story