What is a Facelift?

Facial aging can be attributed to attenuation of the underlying support structures and loss of collagen in the facial region.  Most facelift procedures are designed to tighten the underlying support layer (the SMAS layer) and remove redundant skin. Dr. Davis offers the traditional facelift procedure and the Short-Scar Minimal Access Cranial Suspension (MACS) technique.  Both techniques involve tightening of the SMAS layer. The MACS technique utilizes a limited incision, and is designed for patients that have a modest degree of jowling and neck skin laxity.

What to Expect:

The procedure is performed in the operating room under general anesthesia. Incisions are concealed within the natural creases around the ear and along the hairline. Unwanted skin and fatty tissue are removed from the face and neck area. The duration of the procedure is 5-6 hours.


A facelift dressing is placed after surgery. This dressing will be worn for 3 days. After it is removed, the patient is transitioned to a light head wrap.  Sutures will be removed 7-10 days after surgery. Swelling and bruising are common and will gradually improve with time.

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