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Facelift Fast Facts

Dr. Julio Clavijo-AlvarezFacial aging is characterized by the descent of tissues, loss of volume, wrinkling, and skin excess. The purpose of a facelift procedure at our Pittsburgh, PA, practice is to reposition the descended tissues and to remove the excess skin.

  • The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and it is usually completed in 2 to 4 hours.
  • The usual recovery time is one to two weeks.

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Face Lift

A facelift is a surgical procedure performed by Dr. Julio Clavijo-Alvarez to address signs of aging such as deep wrinkles, sagging cheeks, jowls, and nasolabial grooves that cannot be corrected with non-surgical treatments. A facelift can rejuvenate your appearance dramatically and the results can last up to 10 years. Patients also have the choice of complementing a facelift with BOTOX® Cosmetic injections, dermal fillers, laser skin rejuvenation, and other non-surgical procedures at our practice.

What is a Facelift?

Facelift model with her hand on her chin. A facelift is the rejuvenation of the face by relocating the tissues of your face to a more youthful position. This can be done by using various techniques depending on the severity of the aging changes to your face.

How and where is the surgery done?

The procedure is done in an accredited AAAASF- and state-certified facility or in a hospital, depending on the length of the procedure. It is done under sedation and local anesthesia, or general anesthesia. The duration of the procedure is about three to five hours. It is done as an outpatient procedure or with one overnight stay.

What decisions do I need to make before my procedure?

Patients considering a facelift need to write down the things that bother them about their face. Bring that list to the consultation at ReNova to have an open conversation with Dr. Clavijo about those concerns. Here is a list of some of the most common concerns that his patients share with him:

  • The lower eyelid and the effect of the facelift on it
  • Position of the cheeks
  • Nasolabial grooves
  • Jowls
  • Neck bands
  • Neck lack of definition

What is the post-op recovery?

Following your Facelift – Pittsburgh, you should plan for the following:

  • 1 -2 weeks off from work if nonphysical.
  • No driving while taking narcotic medication.
  • Drains for 3-5 days.
  • Swelling for 4-6 weeks.
  • Exercise: May walk immediately. Resume normal activities at 6 weeks.
  • Follow-up appointments after: one week, 6 weeks, 6 months, and 1 year.

What complications could occur?

  • Some of the possible complications after a facelift are:
  • Bleeding (<1%), up to 4-8% in males
  • Wide scarring
  • Infection (<1%)
  • Reaction to the suture material
  • Asymmetries

Trust your facelift procedure to the best-reviewed plastic surgeon in Pittsburgh.

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