Face Lift

A face lift is an excellent choice for most patients who wish to look younger. Also known as a rhytidectomy, a face lift is a very common procedure where the facial skin is tightened and elevated. The face lift procedure helps eliminate sagging or loose facial skin, and may diminish some of the wrinkles on the face

Incisions are made above the hairline – near the temple. These incisions extend down around the ears. Through these incisions, excess skin is removed. Then the underlying muscles and tissues are tightened. When the procedure is finished, you’ll have smoother, tighter skin, and virtually undetectable scarring.

The most common candidates for face lifts are men or a woman between the ages of 40 and 80; the typical age range in which the facial skin begins to wrinkle and sag. Although some patients have more than one face lift over the course of their life – the overall goal is always to achieve as natural a look as possible.

Another type of procedure we perform is an alteration to your existing face lift. This is used if you have had a face lift, which turned out to not have satisfactory results, or if you’ve had a face lift which has started to lose its results due to aging. At Utah Cosmetic Surgery, we’ll customize your face lift and make recommendations according to your face lift goals.

At Utah Cosmetic Surgery, we have been performing face lifts and facial rejuvenation procedures for over a decade. If you have wrinkled or sagging skin – and want to correct it – please contact us today. We’re centrally located in the Salt Lake Valley.


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How is a Facelift Surgery performed?

Dr. Haupt makes an inner hair or hair line incision just above and or in front of the ear.  He then continues around the ear before returning to the point of origin in the scalp. The skin is raised outward before Dr. Haupt repositions and tightens the underlying muscle and connective tissue. Some fat may be removed, as well as excess skin. For men, the incision is aligned to accommodate the natural beard lines. For both men and women, the incision is placed where it will fall in a natural crease of the skin for camouflage.

What are the common risks of having a Facelift?

The common risks of having a facelift can include loss of hair follicles near incision sites, alteration of the earlobe, numb earlobe, facial nerve weakness, thick scars, remaining fat or skin laxity, asymmetry, and blood collection under the skin.

What should I expect after having Facelift surgery?

Patients will have swelling and bruising and a little pain and discomfort following surgery. Patients should apply icepacks to keep the swelling down. Patients will have dressings around their face that will be removed within the first few days following surgery. The stiches will be removed within a week. Patients will also be given a supportive elastic strap to wear 24 hours a day for the first week following surgery.  After the first week, patients are recommend to wear the supportive dressing at home and at night for two to three weeks.

In some cases, a drainage tube may have been inserted during surgery. This will be removed within one to three days after surgery. Patients should also keep their head elevated when lying down, and to avoid as much activity as possible. Patients should prearrange for post-surgery support from family and friends.


How long is the recovery period?

Recovery usually takes two to three weeks, though many patients go back to work or school in two weeks.  Scarring is usually not noticeable and can be easily disguised in the natural skin creases, in the hair, or by using makeup to camouflage the scars until total healing has occurred. 

A Facelift seems to invasive for me. Are there other options to consider besides a Facelift?

Yes, please check out our section on Ultherapy and Injectables. Both are a great non surgical alternative to having a Facelift.

Is BOTOX® dangerous?

No. BOTOX® is, technically, derived from a toxic chemical. However, the amount used is so minute that it poses no real risk. BOTOX® has been used safely for over 15 years, and Dr. Haupt has complete confidence in its application.