Face Lift
A face lift, technically known as rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that improves the appearance of the lower two-thirds of the face, including the cheeks, jowls, and neck. This procedure produces a youthful look by tightening underlying tissues and facial muscles, and removing excess skin and fat from the face.

Both women and men choose face lift plastic surgery at the Cosmetic Plastic Surgery of Michigan for a smoother, younger-looking facial appearance and increased self-confidence. Ideal candidates are in their 40′s to 70′s, have good skin elasticity, and have a well-defined bone structure. A face lift may be right for you if the skin and tissue on your lower face and neck have begun to droop or sag. Many of Dr. Flagg and Dr. Galloway patients elect to combine their face lift with a neck lift, eyelid surgery, a brow lift, and nose surgery for a complete facial rejuvenation.

1. The Procedure

Face lift procedures take about 2 to 4 hours to perform, but surgery may last up to 6 hours if a face lift is combined with other cosmetic procedures.

Our surgeons strive to create a very natural result with face lift surgery. They will discuss the facial sculpting options available, and work together with you to arrive at the best combination for the specific improvements you desire.

2. Frequently asked Questions: Face lift Surgery

Will I get permanent results after having a face lift?
Face lift surgery produces long-lasting results. Because you are constantly exposed to the factors that originally diminished the youthful look of your face, the results are not permanent. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and caring for your skin will help extend the longevity of your results. You can usually expect your face lift surgery results to last from five to ten years, depending on individual factors.

Will a face lift leave noticeable scars?
As with most cosmetic surgery procedures, face lift surgery will leave permanent scars. At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery of Michigan we will do everything possible to see that the scars are not noticeable to other people. When performing face lift surgery, the incisions made in the hair are intentionally concealed behind the ears and under the chin.

How long is the recovery period?
The recovery period for face lift surgery is about 10 to 14 days. The first week after surgery, the tightness or soreness that patients experience can be controlled with prescription medication. Most patients return to work within 2 weeks after surgery, even though swelling and bruising may persist for up to 3 weeks. You should wait at least 3 weeks before engaging in any strenuous activities.


Dr.Flagg and Dr. Galloway are board certified plastic surgeon committed to helping you achieve your ideal appearance. To learn more about facial sculpting, contact the Cosmetic Plastic Surgery of Michigan at 248-440-0735.

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