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A facelift (technically known as rhytidectomy) is one of the most popular facial plastic surgical procedures. Dr. Stella performs facelift surgery in Seattle to help women and men improve an aging or tired appearance that is often the result of gravity, sun exposure, and daily stress.

Dr. Stella Desyatnikova is board certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. She has years of experience performing facial plastic surgery. Always careful to listen to exactly what her patients want, Dr. Stella takes the time to connect with you personally to devise a surgical plan that provides beautiful results.

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This woman was concerned with the saggy appearance of her neck, and came to our facial plastic surgery practice in Seattle seeking neck rejuvenation options. Her neck had bothered her for many years and she was ready to have it surgically improved.Upon examination, I noticed severe laxity of her nec...

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This woman’s desire was to look younger and more attractive, so she came to our facial plastic surgery practice in Seattle for a consultation. She was unhappy with the appearance of the lower portion of her face, as well as around her eyes. Feeling that it aged her more than it should, she des...

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Am I a facelift candidate?

Most of our facelift patients are in their 40s to 60s; however, facelifts can be performed on patients in their 70s and 80s as well, health permitting. A good candidate is someone who has sagging skin on the neck and lower face but still has some elasticity present. Women and men with mild to moderate facial aging may be candidates for a less invasive mini facelift procedure that may be performed using local anesthetic.

How is a facelift performed?

Facelifts are usually performed under general anesthesia or deep sedation in a surgery center setting to provide maximum comfort. The procedure takes several hours to complete, as it is fairly complex. Incisions are made behind and inside the ears, which will be well-hidden in natural creases and shadows. Skin and deep tissues of the face and neck are elevated as necessary and tightened in the proper direction. The muscle tissue envelope underneath the skin is tightened separately to ensure a natural look.

What should I expect after a facelift?

After a facelift, a large and fairly tight dressing is applied to prevent the accumulation of blood beneath the skin. Pain medications are prescribed to ensure a comfortable recovery. The dressings are removed the day after the procedure. For the best results, it is important to follow all post-operative instructions, such as head elevation and application of ice packs. Sutures are removed a week after surgery. Following a facelift, you may experience bruising and swelling of the face and neck, which will resolve over time.

How long is facelift recovery?

Recovery after a complete facelift typically takes about 2 to 3 weeks.

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Additional Treatments

Many of our facelift patients choose to have additional cosmetic procedures performed with their facelift in order to enhance results. There are several options, but most commonly the procedure can be combined with:

To find out more about a facelift or other procedures offered at the Stella Center for Facial Plastic Surgery, request a consultation or call our office at (206) 682-3223. We look forward to helping you with any questions or concerns you may have, and getting you on your way to looking and feeling your best!

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