Most individuals begin to notice Father Time’s impact on their facial features between the ages of 40 to 50. The skin and soft tissues begin to lose their elasticity and sag from the cheekbone, causing a deepening of the folds from the nose to the corner of the mouth and from the mouth to the jaw line. The jaw line becomes uneven and the neck tissues may begin to sag. You may begin wondering about a facelift.
Facelift techniques (rhytidectomy) have evolved significantly in recent years. Early facelift surgery operations tightened only the skin. The modern facelift surgery addresses the laxity of facial muscle and removes excess skin and fat, often found in the lower face and neck. The procedure can improve the contour of your lower jaw and soften deep lines.*
Most patients are confused by all of the different facelift (rhytidectomy) options offered. Just the word facelift can be intimidating because it implies that the whole face is lifted. In the majority of limited-facial procedures that I have performed during my 30 years of experience, the main objective has been to produce a surgery free on result. My overall goal is to make the patient look like a younger version of themselves; avoiding the done or tight look following the procedure.
Facelift Before and After Photos
* Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
Choosing the right type of facelift option depends on more than just your wallet and skin. It is important to consider:
- the specific areas that you want to improve
- how much time you have for recovery
- your expectations for your post- facelift appearance
Types of facelift surgery
Lower (Standard) Facelift: This type of facelift rejuvenates the bottom third of the face; tightening the face’s underlying structures that slacken with age, forming jowls and a fleshy neck. This surgical procedure trims excess skin, smoothing it to eliminate facial creases, giving a visual lift to the bottom third of the face. View some of our facelift patients’ before-and-after photos. *
Mid Facelift: As people age, their skin loses elasticity and tone, the cheeks and eyelids tend to sag. This facelift procedure restores a youthful, rested look to the lower eyelids and cheeks.*
Mini “Weekend” Facelift: Called so, because it can be performed quickly with a shorter recovery period. The procedure enhances key facial areas. However, the “weekend facelift” is a minor surgical procedure. Results are much less impressive than a “standard” facelift (rhytidectomy ). Wisconsin-based facial plastic surgeon Dr. Ewings can discuss these different facelift options with you during a one-on-one facelift consultation.*
Thread Facelift: This approach is much less invasive. Recently this facelift technique has come under criticism for not producing the results as promoted. I do not offer this facelift technique because of the questionable level of improvement.
Non-surgical alternatives to surgical facelift: They include the laser facelift, dermal fillers that can improve facial folds (or a “Liquid Facelift”), liposculpture of the face and neck and the natural products in our Enza skin care line that firm and tone the skin.*
My advice is to select a board-certified plastic surgeon for your facelift surgery. For my patients, the first step is a consultation, during which a complete facial examination is done including a discussion of the patient’s expectations. I then try to combine the physical findings with the patient’s concerns to develop a plan to achieve the desired improvement.
The Facelift Procedure
75% of the facelifts and facial procedures that I perform are done in our office operating suite on an outpatient basis. For the remaining 25% surgery is performed at a surgical hospital, with an overnight stay.
Results will vary.*
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Facelift Recovery and Results*
Most facelift Wisconsin patients rate the pain as 3 to 4, on a scale of 1-10. The dressings are removed in 2 to 3 days. Bruising usually resolves in 10 to 12 days. There is one small well-concealed scar in front of the ear and the rest are hidden in the hair line. Scars have not been a major concern. They fade significantly within a 3 to 4 month period.*
Why Choose Dr. Ember Ewings
For over a decade, Dr. Ember Ewings has taken pride in delivering excellence in plastic surgical care. She earned her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine, and completed her residency training in plastic surgery at Saint Louis University. Additionally, she gained extensive experience in pediatric and craniofacial surgery during her fellowship at the University of Tennessee – Memphis, and Hôpital Necker-Enfants Malades in Paris, France. She is board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Ewings has enjoyed caring for patients of all ages from across the upper Midwest, and performs both cosmetic surgical, non-surgical, and reconstructive procedures. She is delighted to be able to provide outreach services in Durand, Wisconsin.
She owns and operates the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Eau Claire in Eau Claire. Prospective patients can reach Dr. Ewings through her online Consult Form, or at her practice, Plastic Surgery Clinic of Eau Claire – 715.833.2116 or 800.456.8222.
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