Tyson’s Corner: 703-448-3800

Annapolis: 410-224-2395

Factors such as sun exposure and gravity, combined with the natural aging process, can have negative effects on the face and neck as you get older. A facelift effectively improves signs of aging (wrinkles, deep creases, volume loss and sagging) to restore a more youthful and attractive facial appearance. Technically referred to as “rhytidectomy,” facelift surgery can improve the following conditions:
  • Sagging in the midface
  • Nasolabial folds (creases around the nose and mouth)
  • Jowls (drooping tissue along the jawline)
  • Displaced fat deposits
  • Hanging skin in the neck area

Good Candidates

You may be a good candidate for facelift surgery if you:
  • Are in good general health (no major health problems)
  • Do not smoke
  • Wish to undergo the procedure for yourself
  • Have realistic expectations of the results

Consultation Process

During your initial consultation, Dr. Barlow will personally meet with you to discuss your desires for this procedure, so he has a thorough understanding of your overall goals and expectations. He will also review your medical history and any current medications you are taking. Dr. Barlow will then perform a physical examination of your face and neck before he explains the procedure, where your incisions will be made, and the results you can expect.

Facelift Procedure

Facelift surgery is performed on an outpatient basis and typically takes about three to five hours to complete. General anesthesia is administered to eliminate discomfort throughout the procedure. Incisions are made from the front of the ears, down and around the back of the ear to make them as inconspicuous as possible. As the rest of the skin is The underlying tissues of the face are repositioned, excess skin and fat are removed, and the incisions are closed with sutures.
It’s important to remember that a facelift will not restore a youthful appearance in the forehead or eye area. To improve these regions, an eyelid lift or forehead lift can be performed in conjunction with a facelift.

Recovery

Bandages will be placed over the incisions immediately after the procedure. Cold compression and head elevation are highly recommended to reduce swelling. Medication will be prescribed to alleviate any pain that exists over the next few days. Patients usually feel good enough to return to work and resume their daily routine about one week after surgery.

Results

Patients are typically very satisfied with the results of their procedure as they notice their more youthful appearance becoming more apparent over the coming weeks and months. The results of a facelift are meant to be long lasting, and the face will continue to age naturally. If you feel that the signs of aging are becoming noticeable in your face, contact our practice by calling Annapolis at 410-224-2395 or Tyson’s Corner at 703-448-3800. You may also fill out our online contact form. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Haven Barlow looks forward to meeting you and helping you achieve fantastic results.

"The best thing about the surgery for me was how comforting Dr. Barlow was. Getting any surgery is always nerve wracking, but anytime Dr. Barlow came in the room and would begin talking ”all of my fears would go away."

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