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What Procedures are Typically Included in a Facelift?

April 4th, 2012 Miguel A. Delgado Jr, MD

Many San Francisco Bay Area patients are confused as to what procedures are included in facelift surgery, also known as a rhytidectomy. A “facelift” can mean different things to patients and surgeons alike. You want to be sure that you and your surgeon are in agreement as to what is included.

For the practice of Miguel A. Delgado, M.D. a detailed quote is given to the patient at the time of consultation to avoid any misunderstandings. For Dr. Delgado, a “lower facelift” includes the lower face, jowl and neck. A “facelift” can and is different for almost everyone depending on their needs. A full face lift can include a brow lift, upper and lower eyelids or just upper or just lower eyelids.

Many patients opt to have additional procedures done as they plan to have surgery only once. Some of these procedures could include:

• Chin implant

• Lip augmentation

Fat injections

And many patients want to include other procedures because they will be asleep, such as:

• Medium to deep skin peel

• Botox injections

• Fillers such as Restylane, Sculptra or Juvederm

Beware of advertised procedures that claim they can be done in an hour, they are short cuts that will not give lasting or satisfactory results.

Depending on age and genetics a limited facelift, such as a “short scar facelift” may provide adequate rejuvenation and still have facial harmony for those who choose to have less surgery. This is where the patient and the surgeon need to discuss expectations, and the patient needs to understand the surgeon’s recommendations. Dr. Delgado finds that computer imaging that he offers at the consultation helps clarify goals for the patient.

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