Facelift

A facelift, which is also known as rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure designed to tighten and lift the lower face and neck to a more youthful position. Therefore, Facelift surgery can treat sagging skin, wrinkles, hanging jowls, and looseness in the neck. As a board certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Weiss has an extensive understanding of facial anatomy and the surgical skill to help patients attain a more rested, youthful appearance, which is why he is considered to be the premier surgeon for a facelift in New Orleans.

Patients are often concerned with maintaining a natural-looking appearance, which does not appears “windblown”, tight or strange. Rather than simply lifting the skin, Dr. Weiss utilizes the most advanced techniques to shape and contour the face by repositioning the underlying tissues and restoring youthful volume. The results are very natural appearing and beautiful.

Dr. Weiss customizes each facelift surgery to meet the individual needs of each patient. Dr. Weiss performs various facelift procedures for men and women of all ages in the Greater New Orleans and Metairie area.

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Deep Plane Facelift in New Orleans:

This surgical procedure is designed to lift and tighten the deep tissues of the face and neck for a long lasting beautifully rejuvenated appearance. Dr. Weiss is a plastic surgeon specialized in face and neck procedures. He is highly skilled in traditional facelift surgery and more complex deep plane surgery as well.

Mini Facelift in New Orleans:

A mini facelift procedure is a less invasive procedure to correct the wrinkles and sagging that exist around the lower portion of the face. This lift specifically addresses the jaw line and the lines from the corners of the mouth to the chin. Many patients choose a mini facelift because recovery is significantly shorter than that of a full facelift.

Mid-face Lift in New Orleans:

The mid-face lift is a cosmetic procedure that addresses the mid-face area. As gravity plays its toll, our faces begin to droop and lose the plump mid-face that is synonymous with youth. Located high in the cheeks, our facial fat pads begin to descend and sag as we age. A mid-facelift will elevate and reposition this soft tissue and fat pad higher on the cheek, giving the mid-face a fuller and more youthful appearance.

Local Anesthesia Facelift in New Orleans:

Many patients prefer to avoid general anesthesia for their procedures. During his Fellowship training, Dr. Weiss developed techniques to perform full facelifting procedures using local anesthesia and oral medicine in the comfort of the office setting. The benefit of local anesthesia are as follows:

  • High safety profile
  • Fewer side effects
  • Faster recovery
  • Lower cost

Dr. Weiss offers local anesthesia facelifts for men and women of all ages in the Greater New Orleans and Metairie area.

FAQ for Facelift

Who is good candidate for a Facelift?

The best candidate is a person whose face and neck have begun to sag, but whose skin still has nice elasticity. Nice candidates are also in good health, have strong bone structure, and are between the age of 40 and 75.

How is a Facelift procedure done?

Patients can choose to have either deep sedation (twilight anesthesia) or general anesthesia for the procedure. The surgery begins with meticulously placed incisions hidden along the hairline and behind the hear ear. Excess skin along the cheek and neck is meticulously removed. The face and neck are then recontoured to achieve a more youthful appearance.

What is the recovery like for a Facelift?

During the first few days after the procedure, patients should sleep with their head slightly elevated at a 30 degree angle to minimize swelling in the face and neck. Following the surgery, patients see Dr. Weiss several times so he can check for unwanted bleeding and to remove the sutures.

Patients experience various degrees of swelling and bruising during the first 14 days after surgery. Most people can return to work within two to three weeks. Some return to work sooner if they are not bothered by the bandages.

Are there any other treatments that are typically done with or in addition to a Facelift?

The facelift procedure is typically accompanied with other procedures such as a neck lift, brow lift, eyelid surgery, or a laser treatment. A neck lift raises the loose skin from the jawline to the lower part of the neck. Although a facelift does not include lifting of the eyebrows or eyelids, it can be accomplished by having an eyelift or brow lift done at the same time. Upper or lower eyelid surgery is the most common procedure performed with facelift. This procedure typically enhances the results of the facelift.

Depending on skin type and depth of treatment, laser can enhance facelift results and can diminish the appearance of wrinkles, scars (such as acne scars), and discoloration while it smooths and tightens the surface of one’s skin.

Who is a good candidate for a Mini Facelift?”

Any man or woman in good health who is bothered by loose, sagging skin in the lower face and neck is a good candidate for a mini facelift. The procedure is intended to target early jowling, lower face aging and excess sagging along the neckline. The mini facelift is ideal for patients who do not wish to undergo a more extensive lower facelift or for those who do not yet have advanced signs of aging. A mini-facelift may also be a good option for patients who have undergone full facelift surgery but are in need of a “touch-up.”

How is a Mini Facelift done?

Generally performed under local anesthesia, Dr. Weiss repositions the muscle and fatty tissue in the cheeks and refines the skin around the neck and jawline. The lower face and upper neck skin is then lifted in layers and repositioned into a more youthful contour. The incisions are hidden in the hair and within the creases around the ear. The surgery typically takes three to four hours to complete.

What is the Mini Facelift recovery like?

Most of Dr. Weiss’ patients who have a mini facelift are able to return to work and to other everyday activities within a week, and often sooner for patients not bothered by the bandages. As a comparison, most full facelift patients require between 10 and 14 days for a complete recuperation.

“What other procedures are typically combined with a Mini Facelift?

Since the mini facelift targets only the lower face and upper neck, Dr. Weiss frequently combines a mini facelift with neck or brow lifts, as well as with other, less invasive maintenance treatments such as Botox. As with other combined procedures, recovery time is longer for those patients who have more facial procedures done at the same time.

Who is a good candidate for a Mid-Face lift?

The best candidates for the mid-face lift are those patients who have unwanted drooping in their mid-face, flat cheeks and/or a hallow look under the eyes. Mid face lift candidates typically complain of their mid-face appearing tired and aged. Patients considering cheek augmentation may also be candidates for a mid-face lift.

How is a Mid-Face lift procedure done?

With general anesthesia, Dr. Weiss makes an incision from the hairline, along the natural fold of the ear and behind. He then repositions and lifts the sagging facial fat pad to a more youthful position using special sutures. After the skin is tightened, any excess is removed.

What is Mid-Face lift recovery like?

While swelling and bruising may occur for up to several weeks after the mid-face lift surgery, patients are able to return to work within seven to ten days. Following the surgery, patients should sleep with the head slightly elevated at a 30 degree angle and apply ice to minimize swelling. A mid-face lift addresses a specific area of the face with less trauma and faster recovery times than a traditional facelift. Patients will have moderate discomfort and bruising for up to two weeks.

What other procedures are typically combined with the Mid-Face lift?

Since the mid facelift does not address concerns with the forehead and around the eyes, mid facelifts are often performed in conjunction with other surgical procedures, such as a blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) or a brow lift. Combining procedures can lead to more dramatic results, rejuvenating the cheekbone area and also brightening the eyes. Botox is also often performed in combination with a mid facelift to correct concerns with forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet.

Who is a good candidate for a Local Anesthesia Facelift?

Good Candidates for local anesthesia surgery include those who want to avoid the risks of general anesthesia and IV sedation. They are able to lay flat on their back during the duration of the procedure, and they have no history of claustrophobia or extreme anxiety.

How is a Local Anesthesia procedure done?

A facelift without the use of general anesthesia is quite easy to perform. Using a series of local nerve blocks and gentle infiltration, Dr. Weiss can quickly and easily numb the entire face. While some patients choose to take a nap during the procedure, others prefer to stay awake and chat or listen to music.

What is the Local Anesthesia recovery like?

Undergoing a procedure under local anesthesia without the use of a general anesthetic reduces recovery time significantly. Local anesthesia patients tend to bruise less and have much less swelling following the surgery. Patients are also able to return to normal routines much more quickly, often immediately. Patients also appreciate the fact that local anesthesia procedures are less costly.