Facial Plastic Surgery


Rhytidectomy (Facelift)

When we age our skin loses elasticity, wrinkles develop and facial tissues lose youthful fullness and start to sag. As early as when we are in our 30’s, the effects of gravity, sun exposure and the stresses of daily life can be seen in our faces. Deep creases appear beside the mouth, the jawline slackens and becomes jowly and the neck develops folds and fat deposits. A facelift counteracts these signs of aging by tightening muscle, removing fat and trimming excess skin, giving the face and neck a fresher, younger feel.

Years ago, when facelifts first gained popularity, facial plastic surgeons utilized methods that often left the face looking too tight with flattened cheeks and a “wind tunnel” appearance. With today’s methodology, a person will not end up with an “operated look”. Dr. Lieberman’s approach and honed surgical technique yield a very natural appearing result. While it would be nice, a facelift will not stop the clock and the face will still age over time. Some patients elect to repeat the procedure 7 to 10 years down the road, but the effects will continue look better than to not have the surgery in the first place. One will always look better than the chronological age.

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Before Facelift Before Facelift
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During Facelift During Facelift
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Sutured Incision Immediately after Surgery!
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2 Days After Surgery 2 Days After Surgery

When we age our skin loses elasticity, wrinkles develop and facial tissues lose youthful fullness and start to sag. As early as when we are in our 30’s, the effects of gravity, sun exposure and the stresses of daily life can be seen in our faces. Deep creases appear beside the mouth, the jawline slackens and becomes jowly and the neck develops folds and fat deposits. A facelift counteracts these signs of aging by tightening muscle, removing fat and trimming excess skin, giving the face and neck a fresher, younger feel.

Years ago, when facelifts first gained popularity, facial plastic surgeons utilized methods that often left the face looking too tight with flattened cheeks and a “wind tunnel” appearance. With today’s methodology, a person will not end up with an “operated look”. Dr. Lieberman’s approach and honed surgical technique yield a very natural appearing result. While it would be nice, a facelift will not stop the clock and the face will still age over time. Some patients elect to repeat the procedure 7 to 10 years down the road, but the effects will continue look better than to not have the surgery in the first place. One will always look better than the chronological age.

Who is a candidate for a facelift?

The best candidate for a rhytidectomy (facelift) is a man or woman whose face has begun to sag, but whose skin still has some elasticity. It is also beneficial if the person has a strong and well-defined bone structure. A non-smoker is a plus and of course, one needs to have good overall health. It is important to have realistic expectations and to be considering a facelift for personal reasons as opposed to being pressured into it by someone else.

Rhytidectomy (facelift) procedure

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Dr. Lieberman performs his facelifts in his office operating room under local anesthetic with sedation. Once the sedation takes effect, the surgery takes approximately 3 hours. Dr. Lieberman will make an incision that follows along the front edge of the ear and curves around the lobe and upward around the back of the ear. The skin is elevated well into the cheek area, the angle of the jaw and back into the neck. The skin of the chin and front of the neck is completely lifted so that he can contour, re-drape and trim any excess tissue. The incisions are then closed with a row of fine sutures and typically they heal as tiny, thread-like lines. At times ancillary techniques are used concurrently to achieve the optimal result. Because the face tends to lose its youthful fullness over time, Dr. Lieberman may use a dermal filler for volumetric correction. Rejuvenation of the aging face is both a science and an art based on sound surgical principles that have evolved over time.

The patient will be able to go home once fully stable. It is important to apply ice packs to the face as much as possible during the first 24 hours following the surgery. Some patients find it easier to use bags of frozen peas or corn draped over a thin towel to reduce the post-operative swelling and bruising. While the discomfort level is generally minimal, Dr. Lieberman will prescribe pain medication to be taken as needed for the first few days.

Dr. Lieberman will examine his patient on post-operative day 1 and will clean the wounds and apply an anti-biotic ointment to the area. At that point, the patient is free to shower and shampoo as normal. To assist with decreasing any swelling or bruising, Dr. Lieberman starts his patients on Arnica and Bromelain 2 days before the surgery, continuing through post-operative day 5. The sutures are removed in stages. Most patients can return to work in 1 week with no strenuous activity for 2 weeks. Make-up can be applied once all of the sutures are removed and consistent use of sunscreen will help the incisions to heal as finely as possible.