What Is A Facelift?

Also known as rhytidectomy, a facelift is a surgical procedure to improve visible signs of aging in the face and neck.

(View more facelift before and after photos and a video of Dr. Bednar discussing the art of the facelift on Charlotte Today.)

Am I A Good Candidate For Facelift Surgery?

As you age, gravity and diminished volume play a role in your facial features. Most patients requesting evaluation for a facelift feel their facial features do not reflect their youthful spirit and energy level and are looking for ways to refresh and rejuvenate their appearance. A facelift procedure will smooth the skin of the face and neck, tighten the underlying tissues and muscle, and remove excess skin. Ultimately, the facelift will allow you to turn back the hands of time to better reflect your youthful spirit.

MarcieBA3-600x232How Will Dr. Bednar Evaluate Me For A Facelift?

During the pre-operative consultation, Dr. Bednar will perform a history and physical examination. During your physical examination, your facial bone structure, underlying skin structure, skin thickness, texture and elasticity, as well as the extent of facial wrinkles and folds will be assessed. This information will be used to formulate a surgical plan and discuss your goals for the procedure. Generally, a facelift is a very versatile procedure and Dr. Bednar will explain the technique that he feels most comfortable with and that offers the lowest risk. Dr. Bednar will also select the surgical technique that he feels will obtain the best outcome for you based on your consultation meeting.

How Is A Facelift Performed?

The facelift procedure continues to evolve. Over the years, the procedure has changed from simple skin lifting to more complex deeper plane lifting techniques. Today, many different techniques exist, with outcomes that are consistently reliable and durable. The facelift usually involves incisions in front of and behind the ear. The incisions may extend into the scalp. Once the incisions are made, various degrees of undermining of the skin are performed, and the deeper layers of the face are ‘lifted’. Muscle tightening, as well as liposuction of the neck and jowls may be performed, and excess skin is either removed or repositioned. The results are a reversal of the effects of gravity and tightening of soft tissues of the face to restore a more youthful contour.