A face lift may take several hours or longer depending on whether other cosmetic procedures are completed at the same time. Sometimes other procedures may be performed in separate appointments.
The standard procedure for a facelift commonly involves making small incisions just inside the hairline, following the contour in front of the ear, and continuing under the earlobe to the backside of the ear and to the lower scalp.
Tissue and fat deposits are separated, the skin is stretched and tightened, and any excess skin is removed. If the neckline requires attention, Dr. Wali will make an additional incision under the chin and the same procedure is again followed.
Minuscule stitches are used to close the incisions and to reduce any chance of scarring. Metal clips or staples may also be utilized at the hairline. Immediately after surgery, the face is fitted with bandages in order to decrease the recovery time and to reduce swelling.