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North Carolina Plastic Surgeon - Face Lift Procedure
Weekend Facelift

The Weekend Lift is a variation on a surgical technique developed in the early 1990s. This procedure tightens the skin in the lower portion of the face and neck in a minimally invasive way. The patient benefits from impressive results similar to a traditional lower facelift with a lower likelihood of complications and a quicker recovery.

The Weekend Facelift is an excellent procedure for men and women experiencing the signs of aging; sagging jowls and minor neck laxity in patients as young as 40. Patients with more advanced neck aging are better corrected with a more extensive lower facelift for maximum tightness and rejuvenation. The Weekend Facelift is more affordable than a traditional facelift and is an ideal solution for the right patient.

The Weekend Lift is an outpatient procedure that usually takes two hours to attain the correction desired. Oral pre-medication is generally suggested to help relax the patient. Local anesthetic is required.

A small, relaxed "S" shaped incision is made beginning along the sideburn, extending along the tragus of the ear, around the earlobe and up to the hairline toward the nape. The underlying connective tissue and facial musculature is gently lifted and tightened using a purse-string suture technique, which immediately enhances the appearance of the jaw line and upper neck, and makes the improvement long lasting. The redundant skin is then addressed and the incision is closed using a suturing technique designed to reduce tension and minimize any visible scarring.

Recovery from this procedure ranges from four to seven days. Most of our patients who have surgery on a Thursday return for a follow up on Friday and return to work on Tuesday, depending on bruising. Women may need to cover the suture line with their hair and may possibly wear a turtle neck to minor cover neck bruising. Sleeping with the head elevated is encouraged to lessen swelling. Generally, Tylenol is adequate for post-operative discomfort.

The Weekend Facelift can be performed alone or in combination with another procedure such as eyelid lift, neck liposuction, browlift or with a facial filler such as Juvederm or Restylane if needed. Some patients pictured in the Weekend Facelift Before and After pictures below have had the Weekend Lift only and others have had other cosmetic facial procedures with the facelift.

As with any type of surgery, there are inherent risks, which can include post-operative swelling, bleeding and visible scarring. However, refraining from smoking and carefully following the pre- and post-operative surgical instructions reduces the likelihood of these complications.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact us at 828-268-0082, email us, or use our online request form.




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