Facelift Surgery (Rhytidectomy)

Facelift, rhytidectomy by Gregory J. Liebscher, MD, FACS, 5901 Corporate Dr #A, Colorado Springs, CO 80919 (719) 634-5750

Here’s what you should know about having your facelift surgery (rhytidectomy) procedure performed by Gregory J. Liebscher, MD, FACS, of Colorado Springs, CO:

When it comes to cosmetic facial procedures, a facelift (sometimes referred to as a ‘nip and tuck’) is one of the most common procedures performed. A facelift creates a more youthful appearance by reducing sagginess, creases below the eyes and along the mouth and helps reposition fat that was once displaced. A facelift helps tighten the face and neck and reduces flaws drastically.

Though a facelift may not prevent aging, it can improve one’s overall appearance greatly. A facelift, which is also known as a rhytidectomy, must be performed surgically. Non-surgical procedures only help postpone the signs of aging.

In order to receive the best results possible, consult with a physician who is a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Greg Liebscher. Dr. Liebscher performs several cosmetic facial procedures (except nose and chin) and delivers satisfying results.

VIDEO: What to Know About Facelift Surgery

In this video, Dr. Greg Liebscher, one of the most respected plastic surgeons in Colorado Springs, explains the facelift surgery procedure and the associated risks and likely outcomes:

Who’s a candidate for a facelift?

A facelift should only be performed on someone that is truly unhappy with their image. Facelifts on the other hand should not be performed in order to fulfill an unrealistic expectation and to please someone else.

A facelift is great for those who:

  • Don’t smoke
  • Healthy overall
  • Have realistic expectations
  • Have a positive outlook

As always, risks are involved with any procedure. Here are some of the complications that may be associated with a facelift:

Slow healing process: some patients may find that the healing process is slow, especially if they are smokers.

Hematoma: a hematoma, which is a collection of blood under the skin, may be a risk. Hematomas are usually removed by physicians.

Infection: there is the risk for infection with any surgical procedure.

Reaction: there is also the risk for an anesthetic reaction.

Nerve injury: damage to the nerves that control the movements of the face may also be a temporary issue after the operation.

Some of the medical conditions that could make surgery more risky are:

  • Dry eyes
  • Diabetes
  • Glaucoma
  • Lack of tears
  • High blood pressure
  • Thyroid problems
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Circulatory disorders

Procedure details:

Each procedure may vary, but typically, each facility follows:

Location: a surgical facility

Type of care offered: hospital outpatient and inpatient care, as well as outpatient care at a surgery center

Anesthesia used: general, local anesthesia combined with a medication that allows a patient to relax but stay away (sedative)

Time frame of procedure: several hours, especially if the patient is undergoing more than one surgery

Possible and temporary side effects: numbness, as well as discomfort

Learn more about the risks:

Any patient wanting to undergo a cosmetic procedure should always be well aware of the risks. Each patient will experience different results and even different side effects. Side effects, such as clotting, anesthesia reactions, infections and more are all uncertain.

In order for a patient to minimize their risk for complications and side effects, they will want to make sure they take time to find a board-certified physician in plastic surgery. Dr. Liebscher, for example is someone that is trustworthy, delivers great results and has the skills to perform such a surgery. By setting up a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon, one can find the answers to their questions and get the advice they need in order to have a safe and healthy recovery.

Discuss a facelift procedure plan fit for you

You can contact Dr. Greg Liebscher, to schedule a free and private cosmetic consultation by calling 719-634-2503. Please note that reconstructive consultations are not free but covered by most insurances if you qualify.