Facelift (Rhytidectomy) in Harrisburg, PA

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About Facelift Surgery

Board-certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Theodore T. Foley performs facelift surgery to correct the negative effects of aging. At Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery of Central Pennsylvania in Camp Hill, PA, Dr. Foley uses the latest techniques to create a natural, lifted appearance that trims off the years by correcting wrinkles and fine lines. Hundreds of men and women receive this surgery to address sagging skin and creases in different areas of their face. Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery of Central Pennsylvania also offers MACS, lifestyle, and mini facelifts to provide patients with several different options to suit their cosmetic needs. However, during your consultation, Dr. Foley can discus these options in detail and will collaborate with you to create an individualized treatment plan.

Best Candidates

While facelifts are generally reserved for older adults, the common age range for patients is between 50 – 70. Younger patients may opt for a brow lift or a neck lift, or possibly a mid-facelift before considering a full facelift procedure. In addition, there are numerous nonsurgical procedures that can help delay surgery, such as BOTOX®, fillers, laser treatments, and nonsurgical skin tightening. If your skin laxity is in poor condition, if you are older in age, and have droopy features that a nonsurgical approach cannot treat, it is safe to say that a facelift may be a suitable procedure for you. On average, a facelift will allow you to look 5 – 10 years younger.

What to Expect

Today's facelift surgeries are much different than in the past. There are numerous techniques used, depending on the age of the patient, as well as the condition of the skin, and amount of laxity. Some techniques address the skin's surface only, while other goes deeper into the underlying tissues. In addition, a full facelift will address the entire face, while a forehead lift, cheek lift, or neck lift, addresses the top, middle, and/or bottom sections alone. Some of the more common variations are Skin Only, SMAS Facelift, Deep Plane Lift.

Other Considerations

Types of Facelifts

  • Skin only

Also known as a cutaneous facelift, this facelift procedure is less invasive due to the fact that it addresses the skin only. The recovery is much quicker and the results are a bit more subtle than some of the other more invasive facelift procedures. Scarring is minimal as it is placed in the hairline just near the temple. This particular facelift offers the lowest risk to patients. 

  • SMAS facelift

This is considered a traditional facelift approach, which in many cases is the gold standard for facelift surgery. It is a process that goes beneath the superficial layer of skin and manipulates a group of muscles known as the superficial musculo-aponeurotic system (SMAS). This surgery does garner more dramatic results with a longer recovery period. The incision is placed along the hairline from behind the earlobe to the temple so that the skin can be separated and lifted. Once the facial structures are in their new position, sutures are used to tighten, and secure the skin for a natural appearance.

  • Deep plane lift

The deep plane lift is appropriate for older patients with severe sagging and drooping. Facial cosmetic surgeons who are experienced in facelift surgery can create natural results even though this is the most invasive of all facelift procedures. This procedure goes deeper than the other approaches and adjusts the tissues and muscles so that deeper wrinkles can be addressed. Loose skin is removed and pulled gently tight for a rejuvenated appearance.

Complementary Facelift Procedures

It’s important to understand that facelift surgery only addresses certain facial compartments and loose skin. It may be performed in conjunction with other facial plastic surgery procedures fi patients have drooping eyelids or lose skin elasticity around the brows. Complementary procedures include a brown lift to correct deep furrows of the brows and eyelid surgery to rejuvenate the area around the eyes. Other options that can enhance results of a facelift include:

  • Facial Implants
  • Fat Transfer
  • Soft Tissue Augmentation
  • Skin Resurfacing
  • Wrinkle Reduction with Fillers

Dr. Foley performs all of these procedures at his practice and can customize a treatment plan that will help you achieve your ideal look.

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Average Cost  
$8,600 - $9,580
Recovery Time  
2 Weeks
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Natural-Looking Revitalization

If you miss seeing the youthful face that reflects your energy and confidence, a facelift can help to make you look natural, but revitalized. Using different surgical methods and advanced techniques based on your needs and goals, a subtle facelift can help you look the way you feel. Contact our office to learn more about facelift surgery and schedule your consultation.

Cost of Facelift

The cost of a Facelift ranges on average from $9,000. If you are comparing prices between different plastic surgery practices, make sure you are comparing the fees which include all aspects of your upcoming surgery. These prices include the physician, anesthesia, and facility fees assuming that your surgery is being completed in a surgery center. If your surgery needs to be performed at the hospital, the fees will be ~$1500-$2000 more depending on the procedure, the surgical time, and whether or not you choose to stay overnight at the hospital. Also, your best choice for a cosmetic procedure of any kind is to choose a plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Theodore Foley, who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and who is local to you. Not only will you receive the best surgical care that way, but you will also receive the best postoperative care. At Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery of Central PA, we encourage patients to call for a complimentary personal consultation with our plastic surgeon so a customized quote can be prepared for you by our staff. For more information on payment options at our practice, check out our Payment Information page by clicking here.

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Prices are subject to change and are our current estimate of the price which is inclusive of physician, facility, anesthesia at a surgical center. Some procedures, which do not require anesthesia, may be done at our office and would not then entail an anesthesia fee. If patients need to have their surgery at a hospital, prices are typically more expensive and will be outlined after consultation.

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