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It's only natural to want your face to look its very best. Women and men visit Dr. Jerold Olson for facelift surgery in Tucson from Sierra Vista, Green Valley, and Casas Adobes, AZ, and surrounding communities for a lasting facial renewal. This procedure can enhance your facial features and bring back your youthful glow, helping you feel more confident and vibrant every time you look in the mirror and meet up with friends and loved ones.

To visit us in Tucson and find out how a facelift with board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Olson can improve your look, request a consultation online or call (520) 731-1110.

Choosing a Facelift

Face lift surgery, technically known as a rhytidectomy, lifts and reframes sagging skin and facial muscles, creating a more youthful appearance with diminished wrinkles. Dr. Olson performs face lifts by removing excess sagging skin and fat, tightening underlying facial muscles, reshaping facial tissues, and repositioning the skin. This procedure can:

  • Improve facial sagging from the cheeks to the jowls
  • Reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the lower face
  • Diminish excess fat in the lower cheeks and jowl area

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Types of Facelift

Dr. Olson primarily uses two approaches for facelift surgery: the short scar or deep plane lift. The techniques differ in the length of incisions required and the extent of surgical correction.

  • Short scar facelifts work well for many patients. This technique involves incisions behind or along the temporal hairline that extend around the front of the ear.
  • Deep plane facelifts are best for people with more significant facial aging. This technique requires an incision that extends from the earlobe around the front of the ear and extending into the hairline. The longer incision allows Dr. Olson greater access to the underlying facial musculature.

Short Scar Facelift

For a short scar facelift, Dr. Olson makes an inconspicuous incision just in front of the ear, extending down in front of and behind the earlobe.

Deep Plane Facelift

An incision for the deep plane facelift is hidden in the hairline near the temple, extending down in the natural crease at the front of the ear and finishing behind the earlobe.

A face lift may be performed as a standalone procedure or in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures and treatments, including injectable fillers, BOTOX® Cosmetic or eyelid surgery. Dr. Olson is recognized for his refined techniques. He focuses on finding the least invasive approach to achieve each patient's unique goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a short scar or deep plane face lift?

Dr. Olson will evaluate your skin elasticity, bone structure as well as the degree of excess fat, skin and sagging muscle to determine the best approach for treatment. The short scar technique is more limited in the degree of rejuvenation compared to a deep plane lift.

How long will my face lift results last?

Factors such as skin quality, heredity, and lifestyle habits may affect the longevity of your results. However, the results of the facelift can last 10 to 15 years or more with proper care. Many face lift patients choose injectable treatments to keep their results looking fresh.

What can I expect from my face lift recovery?

Choosing a board-certified facial plastic surgeon such as Dr. Olson helps to ensure that your recovery goes smoothly. Dr. Olson will provide you with post-surgical instructions to minimize recovery time and create beautiful results. He recommends that his patients allow 7 to 10 days for rest, at which time swelling and bruising will begin to subside. Discomfort in the first few days can be managed with medication. Exercise should be avoided for a few weeks thereafter. If you are a smoker, you will be advised to quit. Smoking will affect both the results of surgery and the appearance of the facelift over time.

Will a facelift improve my entire face?

No, facelifts create a more youthful appearance in the middle and lower face, including the cheeks and jawline. If you're concerned about a sagging brow or forehead wrinkles, a brow lift is the best procedure. Patients with puffiness under their eyes or droopy eyelids are good candidates for blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery). We can combine these procedures with a facelift for an overall rejuvenation. Also, to improve the appearance of facial skin, treatments such as IPL Fotofacial or fractionated lasers may be helpful.

Will a facelift make my skin look stretched?

The advanced surgical techniques Dr. Olson uses help him avoid results that look unnatural. Older facelift methods involved surgically stretching the skin and little else. The short scar and deep plane lifts Dr. Olson uses actually lift the skin and reposition the underlying tissue and muscle. The skin is stretched minimally. The result is that patients look like themselves, only younger.

When is the right time for a facelift?

Most of Dr. Olson's facelift patients are in their 50s or 60s, but younger and older individuals may be good facelift candidates. Age isn't the primary consideration. The condition of a patient's skin, including its elasticity, is a critical factor. Someone whose face has lost some volume but whose skin remains youthful will benefit more from injectable fillers or fat transfer than from surgical intervention.

What is a mini facelift?

A mini facelift is another name for a short scar lift. It is a popular option for younger men and women whose jowls are beginning to sag and who have less excess or sagging skin than patients who need a full facelift. Anyone who has researched facelifts at all will quickly realize there are several variations. This is because, in reality, each facelift is customized to meet the specific needs of the patient. No 2 procedures are alike, but surgeons generally try to categorize them using terms such as "mini facelift."

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