Thomas G. Crabtree, MD, FACS | FACELIFT
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As people age, the effects of gravity, sun exposure, Father Time, and the stresses of daily life can be seen in their faces.  Deep creases form between the nose and mouth, the jaw line grows slack and jowly, folds and fat deposits appear around the neck.  Parts of the face look almost deflated. A surgical facelift may be able to address these concerns. One should know that the facelift does not stop the aging process.  It can only “set back the clock”, improving the most visible signs of aging by removing excess skin, repositioning the tissues, tightening the underlying muscles and re-draping the skin of your face and neck.  A facelift can also be done along with other procedures such as forehead lift, eyelid surgery or nose reshaping to enhance the overall appearance of the face. A facelift can address:


  • Loss of a well-defined jaw line
  • Sagging skin in the face
  • Deep wrinkles in cheeks, around eyes and between the nose and lips folds
  • Wrinkles and loose skin on the neck


In the initial consultation, Dr. Crabtree will use the time to get to know you, learn about your expectations and discuss a plan to achieve your goals.  There may be other procedures that can further enhance the results . It is not unusual for a facelift patient to undergo additional procedures such as blepharoplasty, fat transfer, chemical peels, or laser resurfacing. Dr. Crabtree will discuss and outline these additional procedures to address specific concerns that a facelift may not correct. He will discuss the different types and locations of incisions, the risks of the procedure and the recovery process. It is important to discuss all of this prior to surgery to achieve the optimal outcome.

The Facelift Procedure:


  • Clinic Procedure or Operating Room: Operating Room
  • Hospital Status: Outpatient
  • Length of Surgery: 4-5 hours
  • Anesthesia: General Anesthesia performed under the care of a board certified Anesthesiologist
  • Post-Operative: Small temporary drains may be placed in existing incisions beneath the skin to remove any excess blood and fluid.  Bandages will stay in place for 1-2 days and you may see increased swelling in the first 24-48 hours. Stitches will remain for a week and bruising should disappear within 2 weeks.
  • Recovery Time: Return to normal daily routine in one week, two to three weeks avoiding strenuous activity and several months for scars to fully fade.
  • Results: The results will be evident immediately but will continue to improve and “settle” over the course of several weeks.