A face lift is not one operation, but a spectrum of procedures designed to treat excess skin, volume loss, and a variety of age-related issues that affect the face and neck. In many cases, face lift surgery is part of a comprehensive approach to treat facial aging, which might include blepharoplasty, brow lift, neck lift, fat grafting, injectables, and skin care. There is no “one-size-fits-all” operation to treat facial aging. During your consultation, Dr. Halvorson will learn about your concerns and goals and perform a physical examination. Together, you will develop an individualized surgical plan that addresses your priorities, limits scars, and is designed to meet your expectations.
Excess skin in the upper eyelid and “bags” under the eyes are signs of aging that can be corrected with blepharoplasty. Every person has different facial anatomy that must be taken into consideration when planning this type of surgery to avoid complications. Dr. Halvorson will adjust the surgical plan based on your goals and facial anatomy. Blepharoplasty will make most patients appear more youthful and well rested. It is not uncommon to perform this procedure in conjunction with a face lift and/or brow lift.
Although some patients may feel that skin laxity of the neck is their primary concern, tightening the neck is most commonly performed using a face lift procedure. An isolated neck lift is typically reserved for patients with excess fat and/or bands formed by separation of the neck muscles, without excess skin. In these cases, a small incision under the chin is used to remove fat and tighten the neck muscles.
Brow lift surgery is performed to treat drooping eyebrows and upper eyelids, and a high or low hairline. The most common techniques involve an incision at or behind the hairline, or incisions above the eyebrows. Every person has a different forehead and different goals. After a careful examination, Dr. Halvorson will help you decide which approach is best for you.
Prominent ears can be a source of embarrassment, and otoplasty is designed to place the ears into a more “normal” position with scars hidden behind the ear. This procedure can often be performed under local anesthesia.
Torn earlobes or holes left by gauges can be easily corrected under local anesthesia in our office.