What to Expect from a face lift surgery?

A facelift is a procedure in cosmetic surgery that gives a more youthful appearance to the face. It reshapes the face by removing excess facial skin and tightens loose skin around the jaw line. It can also remove deep creases around the mouth and nose and excess, hanging skin and fat under the chin and in the neck.

The procedure can also tighten the underlying tissues and when combined with surgery enhances the forehead, cheeks, brows, and eyelids.


What is a facelift procedure?

A facelift is a surgical procedure that removes excess facial skin. It is an outpatient procedure that may involve local anesthetics or general anesthesia. The procedure can take from 2 to 5 hours and the person can normally go home on the same day after surgery.

In the procedure, the surgeon makes an incision in front of the ear which extends to the hairline as well as behind the ear. The deep facial muscles are lifted through gentle pull in an upward direction removing the excess skin and tightening the deeper tissues of the face.

Finally, the incisions are closed with sutures and staples. A drain may be placed under the skin to remove any excess blood and fluids.

What to expect?

Before surgery, your surgeon will review the medical history.

They will check:

  • Blood pressure
  • Medication
  • Ask your smoking habits
  • Allergies
  • Skin condition

The doctor will discuss the surgery details such as where it will take place, the type of anesthesia used, recovery and potential complications. 

New surgical techniques

There are new methods that are being developed to improve aesthetic procedures. Some claim to make recovery faster but they are altered version of a traditional facelift.

The surgery is performed under a local anesthetic making a small incision under the chin. The laser melts the fat under the chin and tightens the skin.

Endoscopy may be used in face and brow lifts. The small incisions are made using small cameras giving less stress to tissues and a faster recovery time.

Liposuction is another advance method that removes focal deposits of fat in the face between the chin and the neck. 

A mini-facelift is a less invasive procedure than full face lift surgery that lifts the wrinkles and sagging skin in the lower part of the face. The recovery time may be less than in a traditional plastic surgery facelift.


Is it worth it?

A facelift is one of the best face lifting treatments that provides a smoother and more youthful appearance.

The procedure involves:

  • removing and tightening sagging skin
  • reducing the droop of the cheeks around the jaw line
  • lifting the corners of the mouth
  • reducing the creases between the cheeks and the lips

The drawback of facelift is that it does not last forever but people look younger than they were before the operation.

Also, it can lead to distorted earlobes and if too much skin is removed, the face can look pulled-back or startled.

To get best results, you may need additional procedures, such as a neck lift, eyelid surgery, liposuction, fat injection, removal of cheek fat, forehead lift, brow lift, chemical or laser peel, and cheek or chin implants.


The recovery of face lift procedure varies in different individuals. Some patients experience discomfort but medication can relieve tenderness. 

There will be bruising and swelling which can persist for a few days. Normally, the recovery takes around two weeks but vigorous activity can resume after four weeks.

Sutures are removed about 5 to 10 days after surgery. Keep your incisions and bandages dry and follow the specific instructions about bathing and washing.

Try to follow the doctor’s instructions, as this will speed the healing process and provide the best possible result.

Though you may feel numb or stiff for some time but it may go off with time. Scars can take a year to fade down.

Remember that while genetics play a role, a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and good workout can also help to maintain the appearance of the skin.

Avoid smoking and limit alcohol intake, stress, sun exposure to maintain the youthful appearance of skin.

All these habits can help maintain the effects of face lift up surgery.


Why Choose Artius?

Our highly qualified and well-experienced cosmetic surgeons use modern technology to provide you the best face lift surgery in Mumbai. We strive to offer the best experience so that our patients get guaranteed satisfaction with long-lasting results.